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Post Posted May 7th, 2018, 2:15 pm

Just out of curiosity, has anyone checked the accuracy of MozBackup? I was so happy that I thought I'd solved the backup problem and now I'm realizing that the backed up folders seem to be missing most of the messages.

Or is this a quirk of MBoxView?
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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 3:59 am

MozBackup is no longer maintained by the author and has not been for some time. It's better to use another backup utility or copy the entire Thunderbird profile -- http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_backup

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 9:05 am

Thanks, Dan... I did the manual backup method in an earlier backup. Let me look at that and see if it was/is compete. I

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 12:05 pm

OK. I just checked a backup that I made in 2017. Same issue. Maybe maybe it's MBoxView? maybe it only reads certain emails? About 90% are not showing up in MBoxView. Is there another tool to look at the backup profile folder contents?

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 12:17 pm

The page for mBoxView says it can "open big mbox files > 4Gb" so unless your files are larger than that you should be able to see all of the messages in a file.
You can open and view those files using a plain text editor like Notepad, or perhaps Notepad++ if the files are large. the mbox files are plain text with header data, except for any encoded attachments.

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 12:31 pm

I just checked again. The later backups are all bigger than 4Gig. So that explains why MBoxView isn't working for me.

The individual emails are not large. But the folder holding them is.

I just installed MVoxFileViewer, and I opened the same file and there are a LOT more messages showing. I'm trying another folder. So I may have a solution to this.

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 12:43 pm

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It worked! It even gives me a count for how many messages are in the folder, which MBoxView does not.

So far so good!

THANKS everyone!

So the bottom line was the I was NOT missing emails in the back. I was using an email viewer that couldn't accommodate the folder size. Yay!

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 12:46 pm

I just installed MVoxFileViewer


From what URL did you obtain that utility?

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Post Posted May 8th, 2018, 1:01 pm

Sorry, Dan...I should have posted that.

I got it from here: http://www.freeviewer.org/mbox/

For background, I got that link from here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Mail_Utilities#MboxViewer
under the paragraph for MBoxViwer.

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Post Posted May 9th, 2018, 4:26 am

Thank you.

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Post Posted May 9th, 2018, 8:43 am

Thank YOU! for helping keep the forum organized and useful!

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