How to create offline folders other than Local Folders (like is possible with Outlook)
How can I create more offline folders that are NOT inside the default Local Folders. This is possible with Outlook by creating more .PST folders. I am migrating from buggy and stupid Outlook to Thunderbird and I tend to keep millions of emails that are too much for one folder. I am aware of the LocalFolders add-on but I would rather not use an add-on if possible. I am also not interested in archiving.
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Thunderbird has no concept of "files" it is that simple. Thunderbird has accounts. These accounts are either local or remote depending primarily on the account type. POP mail is inherently a local arrangement and any folder created within the bounds of a pop or "local folders" account sill be stored locally on the machine. IMAP account are inherently synchronized and the scope of that is "the account" so any folder created within an IMAP account will be synchronized to the mail server and use quota in the mail account there, just as deleted mail that is not emptied from the trash uses quota.
So you perhaps need to rethink what it is you are doing. Thunderbird does not have a PST were you can open it and load up all the emails from 2001. Thunderbird works on the principal that disk storage is cheap and with a little thought about storage structure having all the old stuff online all the time is not a serious overhead. I have even seen folks change the name of "Local Folder" to something else to get around their inability to cope with the name for some reason. But to me local folders makes responsibilities clear. if it is in local folder, it is your responsibility to back it up. If it is in an IMAP account you can reasonably expect the provider to have a copy you can download in case of a local disaster.
POP accounts are like local folders, your responsibility to backup. What is the problem with storing local mail in a folder structure under local folders anyway? I just don't understand why it would be a problem.
if I put all emails into the single LOCAL FOLDERS file, it would become massive and unmanageable. I am on many mailling lists and emails just pour in. Many times in the past I've seen Thunderbird bog down and become unusable due to massive storage, so that's one of the reasons I had to go back to Outlook. I might create one PST for a fairly massive forum or mailling list, and others for other reasons. This has nothing to do with a personal aversion to the words "LOCAL FOLDERS" and that wasn't implied in my question.
Every folder in Thunderbird is a new file. You create a folder for "Cute kittens" and the contents goes to a different "file" on the file system to the folder "receipts".
So storage in Local folders is not an issue. Personally I try and keep individual folders under 4Gb, but that is because once there was a hard limit of 4Gb to a folder and old habits die hard.
My profile is huge, or I think so. and it runs just fine. There are memory usage issues at time. But most of those relate to the global messages database.
- I do not however let an anti virus scan in the profile folder. It has no place there and the overheads are huge.
- I also do not allow the brain dead windows search to index the profile folder as I found it was a huge drag on accessibility.
- I also disable the "allow windows search to search email" in Thunderbird and deleted the 110,000 files it created to allow that. Another huge overhead for a feature I don't use. I use Thunderbird to find my mail, not windows search.
I can tell you I have not used Outlook for my than a few hours in a decade, but I am subscribed to a number of professional Microsoft Mailing lists and issues with Outlook over about 18Gb are almost considered normal.
Good advice. I will relax knowing each folder inside LOCAL FOLDERS is a separate file. I will also take your advice and disable the ALLOW WINDOWS SEARCH TO SEARCH EMAIL option. However, I am confused as to why you don't search stored emails for virus. Isn't that dangerous?