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Retrieving Files

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Retrieving Files


I can't access my browser or email on one of my PCs because of a fault.  I can access my program files.
I am using Firefox and Thunderbird.
I want to copy certain files to a memory stick so I can put them onto a new PC.
The main files I want are: address book, inbox, sent, drafts, all in Thunderbird and my URL history in Firefox. 
Could someone please tell me which files to look at as I am confused when looking into the program files.
Thank you.
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Re: Retrieving Files

It does depend on whether you're running XP or Vista.
If it's XP, you need to look under:
C:\Program Files\<your username>\Application Data\Thunderbird
if it's Vista, you need to look under:
C:\Users\<your username>\Application Data\Thunderbird
You will see a Profiles folder, a profiles.ini file and a registry.dat file.
Take a copy of all of these, and place onto another machine in exactly the same place.
For Firefox, take a copy of:
C:\Program Files\<your username>\Application Data\Mozilla Firefox
Hope that helps
B.
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Re: Retrieving Files

Quote from: Barry

Thanks Barry. That will be a great help.
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Re: Retrieving Files

Quote from: artmo

I can't access my browser or email on one of my PCs because of a fault.  I can access my program files.
I am using Firefox and Thunderbird.
I want to copy certain files to a memory stick so I can put them onto a new PC.
The main files I want are: address book, inbox, sent, drafts, all in Thunderbird and my URL history in Firefox. 
Could someone please tell me which files to look at as I am confused when looking into the program files.
Thank you.

Sorry to go back on this problem Barry, I should have given you this info originally.  I am wanting to load the details onto a PC with XP but want to retrieve it from an ME PC.  Can you help with what files I need to look for in ME.  Thank you.
prichardson
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Re: Retrieving Files

The following Mozilla Knowledge Base section should advise the locations associated with appropriate systems.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder
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Re: Retrieving Files

simple solution is to get Firefox/ thunderbird backup from
http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/
Its free and will backup up all the file and then use it on the new pc to restore them. It does extensions, passwords  as well
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Re: Retrieving Files


Thanks guys for the suggestions.  I will give them a try.