Feb 13, 2015

Simplified Approach for Thunderbird to MS-Outlook Conversion

Steps to convert MBOX file to PST file format
MBOX to PST File Conversion
We all are using email application for different purposes. There are a variety of email application service providers available in market. It’s too tough for us to decide which application we choose? Here I am taking Thunderbird and MS Outlook in to consideration as both email clients are most famous email clients. Let’s discuss in brief about Thunderbird and Outlook email application

Introduction to Thunderbird Email Application:
Mozilla is an open source application and used by most of us for browsing. Thunderbird a recognized email application and is designed by Mozilla. Thunderbird emails are stored in form of MBOX and EML file format. User can use this application on both operating systems (Mac & Windows).

Thunderbird stores store user mailbox information in a single database file known as MBOX file. New message receives in mailbox is appended to same database file.
Introduction to MS Outlook Email Application

MS Outlook email application is designed by Microsoft. I had already explained all about MS Outlook in my previous post. Please visit following link to read more about MS Outlook

After choosing email application client surely will face problems in migration. In my post I will discuss in brief about all steps required for MBOX to PST file conversion. Before proceeding to conversion procedure of MBOX to PST file first have a look on situation that initiate Thunderbird to Outlook conversion

Common reasons for MBOX to PST file conversion.
  • Change of work place
  • Flexible features of MS Outlook
  • Complex structure of MBOX file
  • Need of technical expert to handle MBOX file
  • Chances of MBOX file corruption is more as compare to Outlook
Steps to Migrate from Thunderbird application to MS-Outlook

Start Mozilla Thunderbird application
• Now open the message folder that you want to export
Select the message you want to export
•  Select multiple emails or items using ctrl commands
Tips: There is one more option to choose all al emails in a single click. Use command “Ctrl+A"
• Do right click on selected emails and select option "Save As" from menu
• To save message in EML folder select option save the messages as EML files and also select "Select Folder" to export message.
Start Microsoft Outlook application
• Repeat the same process as mentioned above i.e.
• Do right click on Outlook folder then select "New Folder” from context menu
Rename New folder by entering "Name" in box
• Click OK to create folder
• Now select New folder. Don’t get shocked if you don’t find any emails. There is a reason behind that new folder don’t contain any emails.
• Now, using Ctrl+A command select all emails that you exported from Thunderbird.
• Using drag method drag all emails to middle pane of Outlook
• Now it’s time to Import all emails in to new folder.
• Wait till Import process complete.
After completion of process open the folder to see all emails.

Word of Caution

Before performing above mentioned steps I advised user to take backup of their mail box data. Here back up is necessary as there is no assurance of any data security during conversion process. To avoid data loss during MBOX file conversion choose third party tools

Reason for using third party tool: Using manual method for MBOX file conversion is too much time consuming and long process. That’s why it suggested opting for third party MBOX file converter. Moreover third party tools also assures user for no data loss during conversion process. Let me tell you few points that will help you in choosing best converter software for your priceless data.

Noteworthy Features of Thunderbird to Outlook Converter Software
  • Desired options to save converted mail in to desired file format
  • Let user see preview of mail boxes after file conversion
  • Tool must be supported by all versions MS-Outlook
  • Tool must have user friendly interface
  • Tool must provide options to find files in folders as well as sub folders
There are lot of software vendors who are providing MBOX to Outlook converter software. Everyone claims for successful conversion of data but I would suggest every user to opt for professional MBOX to PST converter designed by recognized organizations. Users can opt for Stellar MBOX to PST converter tool to migrate from MBOX file format to Outlook file format. This tool supports for various email client using MBOX file format (Thunderbird, Entourage, Spicebird, Apple Mail, Mozilla Mail) and many more. View this presentation to know more about MBOX to PST file conversion.