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how to read old netscape mail

by lynnv70 / May 14, 2004 7:10 PM PDT

I have a new computer and installed my old hard drive as a slave. Unfortunately I'm unable to open my old email (Netscape 7.1) with my new Netscape 7.1. I cannot import it to either Netscape or Outlook as the import utility only refers to Netscape 4.x. Can anyone tell me what I can do to open the old messages? I was able to import the address book. Same user profile name.


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Re:how to read old netscape mail (use older netscape?)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2004 10:21 PM PDT
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Re:Re:how to read old netscape mail
by lynnv70 / May 15, 2004 6:48 AM PDT

Sorry, guess I wasn't clear on my question. I've been using Netscape 7.1. However I can't access the old mail on the prior hard drive which was also 7.1 and any import utility only applies to prior versions.

I did check out that site and bookmarked it since it appears to have useful information though not for this problem that I could find.

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Here are a couple of ways ...
by xerpor / May 15, 2004 7:07 AM PDT

Don't know what OS you are using but this can be done with W2K

Using Explorer open the folders under Profiles (your profiles are under Mozilla) and then the folder that contains your old mail (open the folder that's named with letters and numbers the Mail folder is under there, you will have two or more, open the one with your old mail files). Look to the right panel to find the mail files you want. You can drag or copy the mail file/files you want from there to your new Mail folder. Rename the file first, for instance if it's the Inbox rename it Inbox2, else it will overwrite your new Inbox. The file will appear as a new folder in your mail program.

OR you CAN use OE to import your Netscape mail. It's odd but N7 will not import N7 mail but OE will. Go to Import in Outlook Express and select Messages. You will be given a long list of email programs, select Netscape Communicator. It will either have the path to your mail folder in the slot or it will be empty. If it's empty or the path is wrong, using the Browse feature browse to your old Netscape mail folder. It will import all the email folders.


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