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How to Backup Your Thunderbird Profile

If you do not do your own data backups, there is a very good chance that you don't have a backup of your Thunderbird mail profile.  The profile contains your mail and your personalized settings.  If your PC experiences hard disk failure, you will probably lose all the important emails you have accumulated over the years.  Backing up your mail profile isn't quite as easy as it was for Eudora, but it can be done in a few steps.  Finding where your profile is stored on a PC is probably the hardest part.

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  1. Make sure Thunderbird is closed
  2. Click Start
  3. Click Run
  4. Type %APPDATA%
  5. Click OK
  6. In the folder that appears, double-click Thunderbird 
  7. Double-click Profiles
  8. This folder should contain one or more profile folders.  Hopefully, yours will be easy to identify by looking at what comes after the period of each of the folder names.  In most cases, you will see your name, initials, department or job title.  If your profile is not distinguishable, go onto step 9.  If you did find your profile go on to step 13.
  9. Locate your Thunderbird desktop icon
  10. Right-click the icon and select Properties
  11. Click on the Target field
  12. The path to your Thunderbird profile is shown after the text that reads -profile.  The folder name is the last part of that path.
  13. Now that you've located your profile, you can save your profile to a USB storage device or copy to a writable CD/DVD

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