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How to Restore a Mozilla Thunderbird Profile from a Backup Copy

My system files have been corrupted and I can not do a restore from a restore point (System restore failed). No remedy has been found. I will either have to (1) do a fa… (read more)

My system files have been corrupted and I can not do a restore from a restore point (System restore failed). No remedy has been found. I will either have to (1) do a factory reset/restore or (2) restore to a prior date from a system image. In either event I will have to restore my Thunderbird Profile which contains several calendar .ics files as well as events and tasks. The Profile, the ..default file and even the calendar ics files are backed up.

First, once my computer is all restored can't I just go to appdata/thunderbird and delete the old Profile and copy my back up back in?

Second, this is also confusing because, while in my Thunderbird Calendar, I regularly “export” my several different calendar .ics files to a back up directory. This implies I must use the “import” functions to put them back in. This is confusing as Import & Export seem to be terms of art that are not the same as “copy”. Is this a distinction with arty difference? Must I import each calendar .ics file back into TBird while it’s running or can I simply copy it all back in when I copy in the *.default folder?

Asked by LostInThisMaze 5 years ago

Answered by the-edmeister 5 years ago

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I accidently deleted a folder, is there any way to get back the emails I deleted?

It was a folder labeled important that just kept growing. I deleted all the files and when I went back to my inbox, almost everything was gone including important pendin… (read more)

It was a folder labeled important that just kept growing. I deleted all the files and when I went back to my inbox, almost everything was gone including important pending work emails.

Asked by markatjcra1 5 years ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 5 years ago

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I have the latest version of Thunderbird 31.2.0 and I have lost the minimize/maximize/close buttons at the top right corner of the application. How to fix this?

I am running Thunderbird 31.2.0 and I have lost the minimize/maximize/close buttons at the top right hand corner of the screen. I have tried all your other suggestions b… (read more)

I am running Thunderbird 31.2.0 and I have lost the minimize/maximize/close buttons at the top right hand corner of the screen. I have tried all your other suggestions but nothing seems to work...the screen is not in full screen mode.

Asked by Bindydawk 5 years ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 5 years ago

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Is there a way to prompt for a password to access Thunderbird?

I would like to protect access to the Thunderbird software on my PC by being prompted for a password (for the acct) when Thunderbird is first accessed/opened. I frequent… (read more)

I would like to protect access to the Thunderbird software on my PC by being prompted for a password (for the acct) when Thunderbird is first accessed/opened. I frequently download email (via my yahoo POP acct) to my PC and currently there's no security on the PC to prevent unauthorized access to email folders (on my PC) within Thunderbird. The master password concept doesn't apply here because email is already downloaded (thus not being accessed on an email server). Netscape back in the day provided this security feature and wondered if Thunderbird has a similar feature. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Asked by stiffld007 5 years ago

Last reply by Toad-Hall 5 years ago

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I wish to be asked for my password when I first open Thunderbird.

My hard drive had crashed and I lost my address book and archives etc. When I reinstalled Thunderbird on a new hard drive, I entered my password. Now when I open Thunde… (read more)

My hard drive had crashed and I lost my address book and archives etc. When I reinstalled Thunderbird on a new hard drive, I entered my password. Now when I open Thunderbird, it does not ask for my password like it did on my old hard drive. I simply wish to change the setting so I DO have to enter a password upon opening Thunderbird. How to do it is my question.

Second question- 2-3 months prior to the hard drive crash I had made a copy and paste backup of that hard drive. Can I used that to find my address book and lost archives?

Thank you.

Noah Klein

Asked by noazark 6 years ago

Answered by Toad-Hall 6 years ago

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Timestamp: 11/29/2014 11:06:15 AM Warning: mutating the [[Prototype]] of an object will cause your code to run very slowly; instead create the object with the c

Timestamp: 11/29/2014 11:06:15 AM Warning: mutating the Prototype of an object will cause your code to run very slowly; instead create the object with the correct initial… (read more)

Timestamp: 11/29/2014 11:06:15 AM Warning: mutating the Prototype of an object will cause your code to run very slowly; instead create the object with the correct initial Prototype value using Object.create Source File: resource://gre/components/steelApplication.js Line: 783

I don't know how to fix this. I have important emails so I can't just uninstall and re install without losing them, but I can't receive any messages

Asked by n6shi 5 years ago

Last reply by Matt 5 years ago

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Unable to restore a Thunderbird profile

I have been to every page without success. I have followed every suggestion given for restoring a profile to no avail. My win8.1 (64 bit) crashed (not the hard drive). I … (read more)

I have been to every page without success. I have followed every suggestion given for restoring a profile to no avail. My win8.1 (64 bit) crashed (not the hard drive). I had to wipe the drive clean necessitating a download of latest Thunderbird. I had saved my profile on a backup hard drive. I have tried restoring with Mozback, manually replacing the files in my old profile, editing the profile.ini file...nothing has worked.

I've been using Thunderbird since v 1.1 and have emails that old. I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the older v.24 since that was what is on my old computer and it works. I know the mail has migrated from a pop account to imap and thought that might be the problem. That's why I tried several different older versions. I did manage to get my address books back with v.31 but no mail. I cannot express my level of frustration. I thought backing it up was the answer. Obviously not.

Can anyone help me to get my mail back?

Asked by acrp 5 years ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 5 years ago