I run Thunderbird on two computers - MacBook Pro and "Intel". The Intel is older, runs Windows 10 using 1 T M.2 SSD for storage. I have purchased a new "Wintel" machi… (read more)
I run Thunderbird on two computers - MacBook Pro and "Intel". The Intel is older, runs Windows 10 using 1 T M.2 SSD for storage. I have purchased a new "Wintel" machine, also with 1 T M.2 SSD and running Windows 10. I transferred most of the files from the older Intel to the Wintel by uploading into Microsoft OneDrive, and successfully downloaded most of my older working files from there onto the M2 SSD of the new Wintel machine (not something I would recommend to do again, though -- OneDrive is slow slow slow). Note that the profile folder for Thunderbird is not included in the OneDrive group that was uploaded.
I have attempted to follow the Mozilla prescribed approach to transfer my existing Thunderbird files (and profile) from both the MacBook and the Intel machine to the Wintel. In the past, this worked like a charm -- I was able to move an older version of the Intel file to the MacBook about 6 months ago. But now, I can't get it to work to move these files to the Wintel. I have tried maybe 8 or10 times. Using a 1 T USB stick. Using a 32 BG USB stick. Trying either to move the /Thunderbird directory or just the /"profile" directory where "profile" is the random name.
The transferred files have two problems when opened in Thunderbird: 1) they don't have my username, password or similar information and this has to be reentered - which seems to reset the profile - it's like the copied files never are recognized 2) there is no file history (other than the information that is downloaded again from the mail server -- it keeps about 21 days of history). The multiple years of past mail data, which I want, is not available.
When I copy the directories onto the USB, it takes quite a bit of time (2-3 hours on the MacBook) to download, and the file transfer countdown suggests that more than 8GB of files were transferred. But, when I look at the file directory of the USB stick, I can't find files that total anywhere near that amount of data. And, the /"profile"/Mail subfolder is empty. And I can't find my archived mails.
This is getting very frustrating, and I am not sure what I am doing wrong, since it worked like a charm in the past. Is there an issue with v. 78? a size limit that I somehow breached with the additional growth in the historical files?
Advice and suggestion would be greatly appreciated!!!!