How To Take Backup Thunderbird Email In Hard Drive Manually

How To Take Backup Thunderbird Email In Hard Drive Manually
Mozilla Thunderbird is a widely used email client.
Everyday users receive a number of emails that continuously increases the volume of the data in the corporate server. The process of backing up and archiving the thunderbird emails is the only possible way that ensures better performance. In addition, there are many other circumstances in which backup Thunderbird emails have become very necessary.

In this blog, I am going to discuss the need for backup and procedures by which a user can create Thunderbird emails backup on desktop.

Need of Backup the Thunderbird Email Messages

There are several reasons behind taking backup of Thunderbird email messages into the hard drive, some of them are stated below-
Business Continuity: Many times, the server is going through downtime due to an increased volume of stored data on the server, which may lead to a server crash. The failure of the server directly affects the business continuity of any organization. 
With the help of backup, an organization can continue the access of email data if any server downtime or crash occurs.
Enhances Server Performance: Users can migrate email backup data from an organization server to a local hard drive to enhance the performance of the server by freeing up the storage space. It also reduces the probability of a server crash.
Email data loss: There are several reasons present that may cause data loss from Thunderbird, some of them are listed below:
● Intentional / unintentional deletion
● Data server failure
● Account gets hacked

How to Backup Thunderbird Emails?

Thunderbird stores three data types in the system:
● All copies of messages reside on the server or we can say that local messages.
● User preferences that stores information about changes in account settings while using the Thunderbird.
● Password of the user account
The file that consists of all three types of data called profile.
When the user installs Thunderbird, it creates a default profile, which is saved in the computer’s hard drive.
Each profile is stored in the “profiles” folder present in the Thunderbird folder.
The profile uses following convention xxxxxxxx.(Default_profile), user can locate profile in User>appdata>Roaming>Thunderbird>Profiles>8digitstring.default.
The alternative method to take the backup of Thunderbird emails to hard drive is by using the MBOX Converter.
Backing up a Profile
In order to take backup of the Thunderbird profile, the user needs to close the Thunderbird if it is open and then need to make a copy of the profile folder to another location. User can execute the given steps to create a backup of profile:
● Close the Thunderbird.
● Locate your profile folder using User>appdata>Roaming>Thunderbird>Profiles>8digitstring.default.
● Now Right-click on your profile folder xxxxxxxx.default
● Click on Copy
● After that, Right-click on the desired location that can be any USB-drive, memory or blank CD-RW disc)
● and select Paste option

Restoring the Backup Profile

The restoration of the backup profile is very easy. For restoring the backup profile manually, one needs to copy the backed-up folder in the profile folder of Thunderbird into the different systems or in the same system accordingly. 
Then, the user can gain access to the profile data whenever they need it.


We can conclude that one should always create a backup of their important emails. In this article, I have explained how a user can take the backup of thunderbird emails with manual tips and tricks. And if you want to save your time then you can use the MBOX converter to take backup of Thunderbird Emails.
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