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3 years 9 months ago #143 by Laurie
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G'day there!

I have a client with a mixed up website. We're about to change hosts. She'll loose all her old emails.

Is there an easy way to either download and save as .eml files or else export and then import to the new hosting?

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Laurie.

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3 years 9 months ago #144 by sozzled
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I assume you're talking about emails that still reside on the server and not emails that were downloaded to the client. If my assumption is correct are you asking how to download the emails that are still stored on the host and transfer these to a client application?

As far as "importing" emails to a new server, that's not something I'm familiar with. In fact, it kind of defies a certain logic that it would be needed. If, however, we were discussing how to transfer emails from one client application (e.g. Eudora) to another application (e.g. Microsoft Outlook) that's an entirely different proposition. This diffferent discussion - the export/import of email between different client applications - has nothing to do with website administration.

So, I'm having some difficulty comprehending the need to salvage these emails and, more importantly, "restore" them on a different server. There are browser-based email applications (e.g. SquirrelMail) that will allow you to examine, read and, if you like, copy the contents of email that still resides on a mail server. In general, it may also be possible to read emails that still reside on the server.

Is there an "easy" way to download and save emails? Not sure about how to guide you here. This doesn't really fall into the category of website administration. Yeah, there are applications (Microsoft Outlook is one) that allow you to "attach" other emails when you send an email. Would this help? I don't know.

The ultimate question, however, is to ascertain what is the objective in retaining the emails that are currently stored on the server. How important (and current) is the information contained in them and are the alternative means to obtain and archive it?

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3 years 9 months ago #145 by Laurie
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Thanks Michael!

The site has been created on a free host which has insufficient storage space for the site.

The client would like to retain her old emails when we transfer to new hosting. It seems that to download and save them on her HD as .eml would be the solution. Then she can access them via her email client. Correct?

I see in Squirrel Mail that I can download them as .eml.

Am I on the right track?

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Laurie.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #146 by sozzled
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Laurie wrote: I see in Squirrel Mail that I can download them as .eml.

I really cannot say. My advice is to try it and see if it gives you what you want.

As for trying to transfer this material to a different host, I think you're probably wasting your time.

The only "value" (perhaps) in transferring this material to a place where your client can retrieve it would, perhaps, be for historical purposes. I don't really see any value in attempting to relocate old (read or unread) email from one server to another if, indeed, it were possible to do this.

Typically, however, and it all depends on the settings in the email client application, emails that have been read should (after a time) be removed from the server. In that way the server won't be clogged with unneeded junk that accumulates over time. What I sometimes do, when I'm performing housekeeping on my email server, is to delete everything before a certain date - say, 6 months and older - if the messages haven't been removed by the client app. Some client apps do this better than others.

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