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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Backup Winmail (Vista)

I am in the process of gearing-up to do a non-destructive recovery on my Vista machine, because I have yet to solve the intermittent browsing issue - I haven't even diagnosed it yet! And after having another tech friend go through my entire machine, as well, I have few options left. I don't even know that a non-destructive recovery is an option for me under Vista, so it may be a full reformat... at any rate, I have to backup my data on CD and I have some reservations.

My main one now is whether or not I will be able to access the files and folders under My Documents, because the frigging UAC is such a pain in my ass. It certainly will not let me access anything under My Documents on the XP drive; I have to Take Ownership of each file individually - which is a real hassle, since there are several hundred. I do not want to go through that with a reinstall on the same machine!

My other one was my mail, but I got that covered and I'll show you how (it's incredibly easy):

1. Create a folder off your root directory (C:) to avoid the whole UAC thing
2. Open Winmail
3. Empty your Deleted Items (no sense exporting those)
4. Go to File -> Export
5. Choose Winmail
6. Choose the folders you want to export.
7. Export the messages to the folder you created in the first step; Winmail will create a "Winmail" folder beneath it and each of your messages will be stored in individual folders according to those setup in your Local Folders

That's all there is to it!

If necessary, I'll post on how to import them (I don't know if I'll need to yet).

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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