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Move mail from OS 9 Outlook Express to an Intel Mac Classic
The problem:
A friend has all his emails in Outlook Express on a G3 iMac running only Mac OS 9, and he wants to move them to his new Intel iMac. Unfortunately, Mail's import feature requires Outlook Express to be running. Thusly you need Classic, but Intel Macs don't have Classic.

The solution:
Part 1: Import from Outlook to Mail
  1. On a PowerPC Mac with Mac OS X, create a new user account, ImportUser, with admin privileges (System Preferences -> Accounts -> + button). Login as this user. After the importing, we will delete this account.
  2. Run Outlook Express in Classic (found in /Applications (Mac OS 9) -> Outlook Express 5.02 Folder -> Outlook Express) under this new user account to set up its initial directories, then quit Outlook.
  3. Copy the contents of /Documents -> Microsoft User Data from the Mac OS 9 computer to /Users -> ImportUser -> Documents -> Microsoft User Data on the PowerPC Mac OS X computer. You may also want to copy Outlook's preferences from /System Folder -> Preferences to /Users -> ImportUser -> Library -> Preferences.
  4. Open Apple Mail under the ImportUser account. It will refuse to run until you set up an initial email account. I simply entered gibberish into all the fields, except for the email address and user name. It didn't appear to adversely affect the import.
  5. Start up Outlook under Classic; it should have loaded all the emails just like Outlook on the Mac OS 9 machine did.
  6. In Mail, choose File -> Import Mailboxes, select Outlook Express from the options, and click Continue. Mail should (very slowly) import all of the emails successfully. When it finishes, you can quit Mail and Outlook.


Part 2: Import from Mail to Mail
  1. Copy the Mailboxes folder from /Users -> ImportUser -> Library -> Mail to the Desktop of the Intel Mac.
  2. Open Mail.app on the Intel Mac and choose File -> Import Mailboxes, select Mail for MacOS X, click Continue, and select the Mailboxes folder on your desktop.
  3. After you are sure Mail on the Intel Mac has successfully imported all of the messages, delete the ImportUser account from your PowerPC Mac as follows. Login as an administrator, go to System Preferences -> Accounts, select the user and click the minus button, then choose the "Delete Immediately" option from the dialog.
A few notes and warnings...
  • Place a G3 iMac into target disk mode, connect it to an Intel Mac. The Intel's Finder will freeze and other weirdness will ensue.
  • Copy files to an iPod Shuffle in its default MS-DOS format, and your resource forks will be forgotten. Format it as HFS+ to get around this. Then use the iPod software to restore the iPod when you are done.
  • I used an iBook G4 running MacOS X 10.4.8 for the initial Outlook -> Mail import. Also, I typed this up from memory from what I did a few days ago, so some of the steps might not be totally exact.
Hope this helps a few people avoid a hassle and just get their old emails onto their new Mac!
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Moving files from OS9 to OSX via FAT-Volumes
Authored by: magir on Oct 18, '06 08:13:32AM

To get around the resource fork problem I often used DropStuff under OS9 to stuff the files and expand them using Stuffit Expander which keeps the resource forks intact.



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Moving files from OS9 to OSX via FAT-Volumes
Authored by: wub-fur on Oct 18, '06 08:12:27PM

Alternatively, you can create a a read/write hfs+-formatted disk image with Disk Utility and keep it on the FAT-formatted volume.



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Move mail from OS 9 Outlook Express to an Intel Mac
Authored by: Auricchio on Oct 18, '06 09:12:53AM

If you have Microsoft Office, you can import from Outlook (Express) into Entourage. Then import into Apple Mail.

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Move mail from OS 9 Outlook Express to an Intel Mac
Authored by: macevangelist on Oct 18, '06 05:36:18PM
There's a Demo Version of Microsoft Office somewhere.

If you have broadband that's by far the easier solution. If you also import your Outlook Express contacts into Entourage you can drag them out of Entourage into a Finder folder creating vCards in the process. The vCards can be dragged onto Address Book.

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Move mail from OS 9 Outlook Express to an Intel Mac
Authored by: gostcoder on Oct 27, '06 03:34:15AM

That is a very good tip indeed. I didn't even think to try the Test Drive version of Office. Possibly could have saved a lot of hassle!



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Move mail from OS 9 Outlook Express to an Intel Mac
Authored by: shapiro on Oct 19, '06 03:19:40AM
There is a much simpler solution, assuming you have access to a mail server that supports IMAP.
  1. Create a folder on your IMAP account.
  2. In Outlook, move your email to this folder.
  3. In Mail, access this folder. Leave the email on the server, or move it to a local folder if you wish.
Job done.

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