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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail Apps
Tiger only hintI noticed that a lot of people are having problems trying to move their mail messages from their PCs to the Mail application on the Mac. There are software applications you can buy to do this, as well as strange, very dense procedures you can follow for free. Here's a way I got it to work, which is somewhat tedious, but not very difficult.

To do this, you will need Entourage and be running Tiger and Mail 2.0.
  1. On your PC, drag any messages you wish to transfer from your inbox on Outlook/Outlook Express to a regular local folder (on your desktop, for instance). If you have multiple folders that you would like to transfer, create a separate folder and repeat this process for each one. Each message will appear as a .eml file in these folders. (If you drag a lot of messages at once, there is a risk of freezing the program. If this happens, just drag smaller groups of files.)
  2. Via network or however you wish, transfer your new folders with the .eml files to your Mac.
  3. Open Entourage. Start with a clean, empty inbox (make a new identity if you need to). Open one of the folders you have just transferred from your PC. Select all the messages in it and drag them into the Entourage inbox. If there are a lot of messages, Entourage may appear to lock up for a few minutes, but let it work. What ends up happening is it creates a separate folder in your inbox for each message (weird, I know, but bear with me).
  4. Open the Mail application. Go to File -> Import. Select Entourage. It will give you an option to select all of the folders that were just created in Entourage (that contain one message each). Select all of them. It will import all of these folders into Mail.
  5. To get the messages out of those individual folders and into one single folder, the best way is to use a Smart Folder to find them all. Set up a Smart Folder to find all messages that are not in your inbox or any of the other folders that you may already be using in Mail. It will then logically find all of the messages that you just imported. Drag the messages from your Smart Folder into whichever folder you wish. You can then trash the Import folder, since it will just contain a bunch of empty subfolders.
  6. Repeat steps three to five for all of the folders that came from your PC with the .eml files. Always start with a clean identity on Entourage -- otherwise, you will run into problems when trying to keep your folders separate during the Mail import process.
Good luck!
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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: apnar on Jul 25, '05 09:48:42AM

By far the easiest way to do this is to use an IMAP server. Setup a folder on your IMAP account and drag your mail from Outlook to that folder. Then connect in Mail to the IMAP server and drag it to a local folder. Super easy (you just need access to an IMAP account although only for a little while).



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: Gene on Jul 25, '05 11:20:53AM

You can also use a $10 utility called Outlook2Mac from http://littlemachines.com/. It works like a charm and is very simple to use.



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: rayp on Sep 17, '05 06:42:51PM

i've tried everything to make outlook2mac work. keeps complaining that outlook is either busy or i have some security settings/software preventing it from accessing it. i have removed/deinstalled all security virus checkers/adware stuff etc... still get the same message... any ideas? i'm running outlook 2002 standard edition.

thanks

ray



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: maximxygo on Jul 25, '05 11:06:58PM

Easiest, by far:
Download and install Thunderbird or any Mozilla on the PC.
Migrate from Outlook to Mozilla.
Move the Mozilla profile to the Mac workstation.
Install Mozilla on the Mac.
Move the Mozilla profile to it's appropriate location on the Mac (or, just create a new ID, and replace the mozilla profile files with the moved-over files).
Launch Mail.
Import your Mozilla/Netscape/Thunderbird profile into Mail.

Voila!



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: lalakela on Jul 25, '05 11:08:41PM

The thunderbird way works very well. It also gets your contacts.
and if you want your calendar files you can use mozilla's sunbird if you export your outlook calendar to a csv file.



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: moritzh on Jul 26, '05 03:04:01AM

I, too, believed that this would be the easiest way to go. When I wanted to transfer my brother's e-mail to his new Powebook half a year ago, though, this method did not work for me. There were problems with the line endings, all the messages in a mailbox stored in on the Windows machince showed up as one single big message, garbled together. Obviously, it was not seeing the end/beginning of the individual messages. I assumme this has something to do with the different line endings on Windows/Mac.

Anyway, I ended up transferring all mails via an IMAP server. I can really recommend this method, it is straightforward, easy, intuitive - drag & drop, actually. It's a big advantage if you have access to an IMAP server with more than just a handful of megabytes quota, else you have to do your transfer in many chunks so you don't exceed your quota.

Although I did have access to such a server, I set up a local IMAP server on the Powerbook directly instead. The reason was that I was at a location with a slow internet connection and this way I did not have to first upload and then download hundreds of MB, I could alll do it locally between the two computers.

I used the IMAP server from the UNiversity of Washington. There is a hint on this site (too lazy to look it up now) which links you to a page with detailed instructions. There are some tricky parts in there, however, e.g. regarding server certificates, so some experience with Terminal & Co. is needed.

Conclusion:
- If you don't want to install anything and have little experience, check if you have access to an IMAP account - e.g. from a friend etc.
- Set up a local IMAP server if you are an experienced user.
- Else the mehod described can work for you, especially if you are beginner. Depending on the number of messages you would like to transfer, this can quickly become very tedious however.



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now how about outlook to entourage
Authored by: vexingv on Jul 26, '05 01:06:31PM

now is there a way to go b/t entourage 2004 and outlook 2003? my main system is a pc running out and i have a powerbook. thunderbird is great and all, but it doesnt have calendaring built-in and the palm sync support isnt great



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: mitch44068 on Jan 22, '07 10:53:15AM
I agree with maximxygo, but another step has to be added. After the profile is loaded in Thunderbird on your mac, you need to download and run Eudora Mailbox Cleaner. This is a free download which can be found in http://homepage.mac.com/aamann/Eudora_Mailbox_Cleaner.html

Once I did this after following maximxygo's steps, I was able to have all my old emails in mail.app.

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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: mailer on May 23, '07 10:35:00AM
This product offers a somewhat more automated approach

http://www.techhit.com/outlook/export_import_outlook_mac.html



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10.4: Another way to move mail from PC Outlook to Mail
Authored by: juanco on Nov 28, '10 03:08:13PM

I used PstExporter from www.arrowbit.com

It is a Mac application, which means you don't need Outlook to make it work.

With this tool you can extract e-mails and contacts from pst files. The process is very easy and they also have some video tutorials with step by step instructions.



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