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How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

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How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

Am having another bash at Linux mint 17.3 .... giving it some serious workout for a while, to see if I can go completely to Linux. 

 

Got my old Windows 7 Pro HDD in a caddy, and transferring documents, pics, and music vids across to the Linux HDD in the laptop... no problems there..

 

Using Thunderbird for my email... I have set it up, and have received some emails... now I want to transfer my "Address book" contents from the WIndows HDD to this Linux HDD...  both using Thunderbird.

 

Can anyone give me a "blow by blow" account of how to do this, please.

Thanks Wink

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Re: How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

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Re: How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

I think the default address book in Thunderbird is named abook.mab; you can probably just copy it from Windows to Linux.
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Re: How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

My (Linux) path is somewhere in...

/home/jeremy/.thunderbird/msr7gt5v.Default User/ImapMail/imap.plus.net/...

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Re: How To ? ? Transfer Address book contents

@shutter  have a look at the thunderbird import/export tools. That's what I used. (in the add ons if you search

Mint 18.1 is now up if you want to upgrade to the latest one with LTS.

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@HairyMcbiker   OK... Thanks for the info..... I do remember doing this a few years back... but couldn`t remember the stages... so have been looking all over my Windows HDD for the ldif file... as I know that is where the address book is stored...

 

What I have found out, is that the ldif file is part of the Export/Import actions... and can only be done with a "live" Thunderbird open, and cannot be accessed from a Caddy .  therefore I have written down, the procedure to follow as a  "How To..... "   and here it is ...

 

 

How to export Thunderbird Address book from one HDD to another... using one machine only...

 

How to import/export address book from Windows to Linux in Thunderbird

 

Using only one machine…. Windows 7 Professional HDD installed.

 

Open Thunderbird in Windows

Click Address Book

Click Tools > Export (opens new window) {Libraries>Documents>}

Enter File name ( your new name for the file….e.g. Address book from Win 7 )

Change “Save as type” to LDIF

Click Save

 

Locate file in your Documents folder and select it.

Copy & Paste, or Send to …. USB STICK

Close down your Windows HDD.

Remove the USB Stick

Remove the Windows HDD….. replace with the new LINUX HDD

 

Start the Linux HDD

Insert USB stick after entering your password

 

Open Thunderbird from Desktop Icon

Left Click “Address book”

Left Click “ Tools > Import” (opens message window)

 

Select Address Book > Next

Select Text File (LDIF)> Next (opens new window “Select Address Book File” )

 

Click ( your USB stick I.D. in the left pane)

Select “Address book From Windows 7” ( in right pane)

 

Click “Open” ( opens new window “Import” )

Hopefully it will say… “ Addresses successfully imported”

then

click


Finish.

 

Job Done.. !

 

 

 

Whilst that may seem to be an "obvious" thing to a few,... perhaps it will serve the many, who do not know "How To..... "