How does one transfer the old Thunderbird Profile files from one computer to another? This appears to be a common question on the Internet and here on the Support forum.… (funda kabanzi)
How does one transfer the old Thunderbird Profile files from one computer to another? This appears to be a common question on the Internet and here on the Support forum.
I've seen, read and followed the help article but have been unsuccessful after weeks of trying.
I have Thunderbird Ver. 76.11.0 on the target computer and the same version on the source computer.
I have followed the steps outlined very carefully. I'm using an NTSF formatted thumb drive with ample capacity to copy the profile files from the source computer. (I discovered by a very circuitous route that the NTSF formatting is necessary. The 'how to' article should be updated to include a note about this.) I was able to copy the entire Profiles folder successfully from this path: C://users/<username>/AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles. I have confirmed that the same files and folders from the source machine are on the thumb drive.
I have tried copying the entire Profiles folder over the existing Profiles folder on the target machine, with Thunderbird closed, without success. When I restart Thunderbird on the target machine there are no addresses from my address books and no email history.
I have tried copying just the folders contained within the Profiles folder over the equivalent folders on the target machine - again with Thunderbird closed - with the same result when I restart Thunderbird on the target machine.
Either I am doing something wrong or the instructions in the how-to are wrong. If the process is literally to copy the data from the source machine to the target machine, am I copying the correct files and folders? If not, what should I be copying? If I'm copying the right files and folders, where should they be placed on the target machine. The instructions do not include a complete pathname for the target machine but they do include instructions to copy with Thunderbird closed.
Help will be greatly appreciated and gratefully received.