Data migration tasks can often be a lengthy and rough process no matter the data clients involved. But with email migration, it is much harder. The reason being the added complexity of modern day emails and other items like contacts and calendar and all the associated metadata.
This post talks about one of those processes involving migration of complex information across different email clients – Mail Mail and Mac Thunderbird.
How to import Mac Mail into Thunderbird?
Mac Mail into Thunderbird may look simple at first because of the common MBOX file compatible with both programs. And the fact remains that you can move the folders using the standard MBOX file manually, but that approach usually works only for one or two folders max. In 99% of cases, there are more than two folders. That’s when the direct and manual way of using MBOX data fail to copy the data across correctly.
Even with the other manual techniques that you may have read or heard online, like using IMAP sync through email servers, have their flaws. At times, they are even worse for the safety of the original data let alone for the safety of the final data. Therefore, many experienced users of email migration would recommend to avoid moving your emails manually, especially if you have many folders and they contain complex data.
A tool for it
This whole scenario is clearly not desirable. But today we have a simple solution for importing Mac Mail into Thunderbird called “Mail Extractor Max.”
From USL Software, “Mail Extractor Max” brings many uniquely effective and easy strategies to combat the data migration process and turn into an intuitive job even for those with no technical background. The Apple Mail conversion tool can give you an intuitive sense of how to approach the importing task. And it gets you to the end in no time and with no efforts.
The way it works is simple:
You start by simply choosing to let the tool auto-load your Mac Mail database (primary profile database called “Mail” situated inside users’ library folder). You can also manually select any other backup location for your database. The tool then scans the entire database and gives you the preview of the folders inside them. You can then either let all the folders checked for conversion or manually remove any that are not necessary to convert. Select the output format (Thunderbird in this case) and then click “Convert.”
In just few simple steps, “Mail Extractor Max” can get the job done. Otherwise takes countless hours and tedious steps that even an expert can struggle with.
And the outcome of this method is very accurate Thunderbird files. It contains the same data in the same structure as in your Mac Mail. All images, Unicode text, attachments, metadata, headers, etc. are converted seamlessly while keeping the structure and details preserved.
Try the free demo version today here.
The link today will let you download the setup file without giving any other information or signing up for anything. In under a few minutes, you can start with the free trial version. And see how it interacts with your data. Hopefully, you will find it works perfectly. And it gives you a much better way to import Mac mail into client like Thunderbird.
Note that it can also convert Mac Mail to many other formats. These are Entourage 2004/2008, Postbox, Outlook Mac, EML, and MBOX files too.