How to Move Outlook PST To Thunderbird?


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Quick Steps To Move From Outlook To Thunderbird

I was an MS Outlook user and my whole staff was using the same application for the past four years. But due to the increased demand for Desktop-based email client in our office, I decided to change my email platform from Outlook to Thunderbird. The decision was well thought and was taken considering the benefits of the organization. I was aware of the challenges that we might face in migrating the data of Outlook to Thunderbird. However, this challenge does not stop us and we moved from Outlook to Thunderbird. Thankfully, we didn't lose any of our email data during the migration process. In this blog and sharing my data migration experience with the intent that it might help you as well.

What Is The Next Step?

Our technical team explored all the options available for data migration. We had two options. The first was the manual method to migrate data, and the second was the software method. I chose the software method because I felt it is a better option for me. I chose the Softaken PST mailbox converter tool to do this job. Working with the software was the experience that I would share in the latter part of the blog. I will start with a manual process that was available to us for data migration.

Manual method to migrate Outlook data to Thunderbird.

When both email clients are on the same device

  • Launch the "Mozilla Thunderbird" application on your device.
  • Click on the "Tools" option, then select the "Import" option.
  • In the next step, go to the option "Mails". Click the radio button present next to it.
  • Tap the Next button.
  • Choose Outlook from the options available.
  • Click on the 'Next' button after that.
  • On the next window page, click on the Finish button to import the data.
  • To migrate other data, perform the same action. And in place of 'Mails' chose option "Address Book" or other items that you want to import.

Migrating Data From One Computer To Other Or Multiple Computers

This method is effective when both email clients are on different devices.

  • Install Thunderbird application on a device where Outlook is in a running state
  • After that Exit Thunderbird
  • Click the "Start" button
  • Go to the search box
  • In the search box, type 'APPDATA'.
  • You will get options here, select the "Roaming" folder
  • Connect USB port to the system
  • Right-click on the Thunderbird folder in the roaming window,
  • After that click on the option "Send To"
  • Import data in the USB device.
  • Connect the external device and turn it on
  • Right-click on the Thunderbird folder then.
  • Click on the option "Copy"
  • Select the option "Start" again
  • In the search field, type 'APPDATA'.
  • Select the roaming folder after that.
  • Now, delete the Thunderbird folder
  • And paste the copied Thunderbird Folder into the roaming folder
  • The import of Outlook data to Thunderbird is complete.

Limitations Of Manual Method

  • It is a lengthy process
  • It requires a lot of changes in the Thunderbird and Outlook Email application setting page which is not simple for a non-technical user.
  • The complete export of data through this method not guaranteed

Use Softaken PST Mailbox Converter Tool.

The PST mailbox converter tool is one of the performing software for converting PST file data not only in MBOX format but many other file formats. It allows both single and batches export of data, which is beneficial for corporate users. It saves time and efforts. This step-by-step guide to transferring PST file data to MBOX file format.

Step One: Launch the software in your device

import pst file

Step Two: Is a browse button present click on the same to browse the PST file.

preview pst data

Step Three: In the export type option, select MBOX.

export pst

Step Four: Browse our location to save the converted file

Step Five: Click on the Convert Now button to start the conversion process.

With Softaken PST Mailbox Converter Tool, migrating PST data to MBOX format which is Thunderbird compatible file format is a seamless process. Working with software does not require any technical expertise. It's simple and the user-friendly interface let anyone do data migration without help.

Key Features Of Software

  • It allows single and batches conversion of data.
  • It is possible to convert PST file in EML, MSG, MBOX, EMLX and many other formats.
  • Does accurate data conversion without altering the core structure of email.
  • It ensures no loss of data.
  • It supports multiple languages
  • Demo version of the software is present to give a fair idea of software features in functioning

Conclusion: In this article, we have discussed how to convert Outlook PST to Thunderbird MBOX file format. We have suggested two methods for the same. One is a manual method in which we have shared two methods. The second method is the software method. For the task, we have used the Softaken PST mailbox converter tool. We recommend the software method to everyone as it is safe and accurate.

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