I have about a dozen email accounts I try to manage locally with Thunderbird. By and large, things run pretty smoothly until I need to move it all, as I did recently when upgrading from XP to Vista.
I have been a big fan of MozBackup in the past, but as my email accounts grew and I had more and more email stored in folders, MozBackup started taking a long time to process it all. After my move to Vista, I realized I had over 2GB of mail backed up, and restoring it from Mozbackup didn’t work. It recreated all my accounts and folders, but all the folders were empty.
After the initial panic faded, I found some forum threads discussing the manual opening of MozBackup archives and restoration of email. I finally got it all back, but it wasn’t without more than a few sweat bullets hitting the keyboard.
Since this episode, I have been looking for something to put my mind at ease in regards to email storage, backup, and even reduction. I don’t know why I had never heard of it, but I stumbled across MailStore, which offers a free home version called, get this, MailStore Home.
MailStore Home will back up and archive email from many different clients, including Outlook, Thunderbird, Exchange, GMail, Yahoo mail, and others. At first I thought it was too good to be true, but after installing it I was quickly impressed with the simplicity and ease of use.
I had soon archived my two biggest email accounts, and even burned them to DVD through the MailStore application itself. Knowing DVD’s aren’t indestructible, I also backed up the archive using Carbonite (another of my favorite apps).
Going back into a MailStore archive is very easy, and it lets you read email, open, and even search mail and contents of attachments.
Once I was convinced that I had succesfully archived and backed up all my email, I was able to go through my Inboxes and delete over 1GB of email. Hopefully, this will allow MozBackup to run more smoothly, if I ever really need it again in the first place.
If you find yourself with an unweildy inbox and a nagging feeling that you haven’t done anything to back it up, go grab MailStore Home now.
mailStore Home: http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx