Hi there,

Oh geeze, I'm having problems with Thunderbird & I need to set my computer back a few hours ONLY b/c I lost all my folders on Local Folders (HELP!!)

I'm on XP, can someone tell me how to do it in a safe way.



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I tried a system restore 3 times, it did not give me back my TB folders :(


WHOA!!! Stop using that PC!! On another Puter, download this pgm, REST2514.exe onto a floppy, install it onto the same floppy [it will fit] and then insert it into ur PC with the lost stuff and run it from the floppy [to save disk file damage it does not install - that is the beauty of it.. one of em, anyway..].
..it will even find stuff u did a shift-delete on. But only if you have not overwritten it!! Just going on the web causes Xp to write tons of stuff onto a disk.


are you sure the directory C:\docs&sets\your-name\Application Data\Thunderbird\profiles\xxxyyyzzz\Mail\Local Folders is gone ?

If not, then copy it to a safe place

A known problem: if an folder goes over 1Gbyte, you are in trouble; solve this using subfolders; Thunderbird implements large folders as a subdirectory + 2 files, all having the same name, but a different type

re-configure (or re-install) Thunderbird; re-configure can be done by creating a new user

now you have a new "Local Folders" directory. Now you can transfer bit by bit the directories from the safe place.

Setting the time back is a bad idea on windaz, all kinds of strange things might happen

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