(1) Thunderbird profile backup in Windows?
Restoring the mail backup1. Install Mozilla Thunderbird first if it is not installed yet, after installation do not run Mozilla Thunderbird when prompted to.
2. Move or copy the backup Thunderbird folder and place in c:\documents and settings\your-username\application data. If Thunderbird folder already exist then rename the existing folder and move it again.
3. After you have finished moving the Thunderbird folder, Open the Mozilla Thunderbird. You should have a fully configured and restored mail by now.
Find the profile Thunderbird folder
They are located in different places for different versions of Windows and they may be assigned random file names that make them difficult to recognize.
On Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista machines the location for your Thunderbird profile is:
C:\Documents and Settings\Shankar/Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\ickz8bn7.default---->
then copy this file remote system----->rename xxxx.default....
LINUX:Mozilla thunderbird stores your email and profile setting in a special directory called ~/.thunderbird i.e. /home/you/.thunderbird/ or ~/.thunderbird directory. All you have to do is backup this directory.
Task: Backup Thunderbird mail and profileYou need to backup thunderbird mail and profile to tape drive, use:
$ tar zcvf /dev/st0 /home/you/.mozilla-thunderbird/
To backup files to USP pen driver mounted at /media/disk, enter
$ cp -avr /home/you/.thunderbird/ /media/disk
You need to backup thunderbird mail and profile to a /backup directory:
# tar zcvf /backup/email-vivek-22jan2007.tar.gz /home/vivek/.thunderbird/
You can copy /backup/email-vivek-22jan2007.tar.gz file to a CD/DVD or USB pen.
Task: Restore Thunderbird mail and profileMake sure Thunderbird is not running. Simply copy backup files from tape, USB pen or CD to your /home/you/.mozilla-thunderbird/ directory:
$ tar –zxvf /backup/email-vivek-22jan2007.tar.gz -C /home/vivek