I have had to buy a new laptop (Macbook) as my old one died. I was lucky enough to have been able to retrieve a full back up of all data onto an external hard drive. I have opened Thunderbird on my new computer and attempted an Import of Mail. I have got as far as choosing the option of Import Mail, but when going beyond that I only get two options of sources of import. The external drive, where my old mail is, is not offered as an option. I have tried to drag the Library of my old mail into the new Thunderbird program, but this is not allowed either. What can I do, as I need all my old mail? Can someone help please.
Sorry, not with you - your TBird profile folder won't explicitly mention `mbox` files, it should be a profile folder with folders named chrome,extensions,mail,news (maybe more, maybe less) and a few other miscellaneous files - the Mail folder is where the actual mail is stored in mbox format. I take it you're still missing some files and/or folders from your new install of Tbird? It should all be complete, in the profile folder.
Oh just to add for the above post. I did use 'Mail' for a long time, but found myself flooded in spam. On using 'Thunderbird' this problem was getting reduced enormously in numbers. This is why I have emails in two different programs.
Sorry, I hope I can explain better. I have found the right profile folder and subsequently the mail, extensions etc folders. From the he mail folder I go to Local Folders, then Inbox.sbd where I found the files I need ending in .msf format. I don't seem to be able to move these in te same way I could move the .mbox folders.
And they don't show up as folders if you just close Tbird and copy the lot into your current profile folder? Were your old mbox files and old TBird folders listed separately in TBird ? Are you still using `import` or just copying the folders directly into your current TBird profile folder? If the latter is the case everything ought to show up the same way it did on your old system if the contents of the saved profile folder are just copied wholesale into the new `empty` profile generated the first time you run TBird on the new system. Unless the Mac version works differently...