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How to manually backup the Address Books and Messages in Windows 10 to an external hard drive?

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How to set my backup program, Syncbac, to back up the Address Books and Messages to an external hard drive? I need the path (like c:/your name/etc. for Windows 10. Thank you!

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

In your Firefox profile that you backed up, there is a folder called bookmarkbackups there are 15 bookmark backups in there from the most recent 15 days.

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Hi ToSt, Are you referring to backing up Thunderbird?

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Hi Robert, Yes, please.

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OK, the Thunderbird Forum is around the corner but, I think I can help you out a little.

These articles should help you find where the information is stored for you to back up Thunderbird: Profiles - Where Thunderbird stores your messages and other user data mozillaZine - Profile backup

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Oh, I'm sorry - I keep calling it Firefox, but that's the browser... Oops! This article has the messages and other data, but I don't see that it has the Address Books. Are they stored there or somewhere else? Thank you.

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If you backup your entire profile it will all be in there.

If you only want the specific file for addresses it is named abook.mab

There should be a link in the article about how to restore information from a backup which describes each file.

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It turns out it's link, then another link...

Take a look at: Transferring data to a new profile - Thunderbird http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Thunderbird

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I backed up C:\Users\Toni\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ and I don't see any file named abook.mab in it (my address books). I even did a search and nothing was found matching that. Sorry, I don't understand...

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You backed up your Firefox profile but, that isn't a bad thing.

It should be: C:\Users\Toni\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\

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D'oh! I always get those two backwards in my head. Please forgive me. Quick Thunderbird question - what are bookmarks called? I hope that backed them up, did it? Thanks so much for your patience!

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In Firefox? Bookmarks are called bookmarks. (I know, other browsers call them by different names)

Here's a tip that I just looked up. You can export your address book into a .csv file:

Open Address Book and select an address book in the left pane. If the pane is hidden, View/Layout and enable Directory Pane. If the Menu Bar with View is hidden, press Alt. Don't select All Address Books. Then, Tools/Export..., which defaults to csv format.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

In your Firefox profile that you backed up, there is a folder called bookmarkbackups there are 15 bookmark backups in there from the most recent 15 days.

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Doesn't Thunderbird has a button on "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" page just like Firefox to go to the profile folder ?

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cor-el said

Doesn't Thunderbird has a button on "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" page just like Firefox to go to the profile folder ?

Yes. It does.

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Thank you, Robert! All is well!!

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I'm glad I could help.


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