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Import Outlook Express (PC) emails into Mail and Thunderbird
Authored by: bezvardis on Dec 03, '04 03:15:45PM

I will describe, how I did that. Short background - I came to another country to study with all my PC-created documents on a CD. On that CD I also wrote my old Outlook Express (.dbx format) files thinking that I would be able to install on a new computer that I planned to buy. I bought PowerBook. In addition I decided not to use Apple Mail (too tiny characters when I type my reply) and move to Thunderbird instead. This is how I got all my mailboxes into Thunderbird. The intermediate steps include Entourage>Apple Mail. So whoever likes any of these programs may stop at earlier stage.

1. On a PC I converted my all dbx format mailboxes into mbx. Use the program dbxconv which is here described earlier. It runs from DOS and all you have to do is to type 'dbxconv inbox.dbx' if you want to convert file called inbox.dbx. Just make sure that the program is on the same folder with the files. It makes the task easier. Then transfer all converted files to Mac. I used CD-RW drive on the PC.
2. Copy all converted files on your mac and change their extension from mbx to mbox.
3. Drag and drop the newly created .mbox files to entourage. Entourage immediately understands what you want and asks if you want to import. Press 'yes' and it is done.
4. Close Entourage. Open Apple Mail and through File>Import mailboxes do what it asks. It is pretty simple from there. Now you can open all imported mailboxes and allow Mail to index and do whatever it wants. Am not sure if that is essential but I did it.
5. In finder open your Library from there Mail>Mailboxes. Copy all the mailboxes and paste them, eg, to your desktop.
6. ctrl click on mailbox. Click Show Package Contents. There you will find a file called simply mbox. Copy this file to the following directory Home>Library>Thunderbird>Profiles>******.default>mail>local folders. And rename the file to whatever you want to call the mailbox.
7. Open your Thunderbird and see the mailbox there. The step 6 has to be done separately for each mailbox so I hope you don't have too many :-)

The most problematic in all this in case you (like me) don't want to support Microsoft, is where to get MS office or Entourage. You will have to think creatively here :-)

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