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Need to archive email, as a memorial, for a friend...

by pi3day / April 20, 2012 5:05 PM PDT

I've just lost a close friend. I have about 6,000 email messages sent over ten years I'd like to preserve for myself and for her other friends and relatives.

All messages are in Eudora, version I can easily create .mbx files, but these are readable only if the recipient has Eudora or a compatible email client installed.

Another problem: Many of these messages contain not only image attachments, but embedded images -- funny, poignant things that recall signature moments of her life, made us laugh, and lifted our spirits during difficult times.

However, Eudora files these embedded images in a different folder. Even if that folder is imported into another PC with the Eudora .mbx and .toc files, the images don't display as originally embedded in the message. Which makes many messages unintelligible.

Yes, I know, Eudora is ancient. I should have abandoned it long ago. But at present I desperately want to find a way to save these precious memories.

Is there any way to do that digitally, without having 6,000 messages printed out into a pile of paper that would destroy half a rainforest, since so many friends would like copies?

The only other way I can think of is PDF, which would take me six months to do, and produce files so huge no one would be inclined to bother with them.

Any advice would be very much appreciated...

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There may be another way
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2012 10:13 PM PDT

I'm sorry to read about your loss.

There may be another way, but it is a workaround that you may have to adjust to your own needs. Have a look at;

Eudora doesn't have an Export function so you have to work around that by Importing Eudora mail to some other email client software. The suggestion is Outlook Express which is available on Windows up to and including XP, but not on Vista or Win 7. I assume you are using Windows.

Once OE has imported the mail, you can then "Export" from OE and that should save the emails, probably as eml files.

If you are using Vista or Win 7, then I suppose you could try Windows Live Mail which is the newer replacement to OE, or perhaps, even, Thunderbird which is Mozilla's email client, (Mozilla who also provide the Firefox browser).

But before you do anything, I would copy everything, just in case something goes wrong.

That's all I can suggest.


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Re: Eudora
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 22, 2012 4:15 AM PDT

Really the easiest way is to have all people who want to read that mails install Eudora, for this purpose only. No need even to configure a mail-account.

So you burn a CD for them with:
- The .mbx files needed to view those mails in Eudora.
- The Eudora install program
- An instruction on how to set it up and how to use Eudora. says the latest version runs in Windows XP. So it might run under Vista or Windows 7. Or in XP compatibility mode in Vista or Windows 7. And it certainly will run in the Virtual XP that you can install under some editions of Windows 7. All of that could be part of your instruction I mentioned above.

Best of luck,


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