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Migrate emails from Thunderbird to Outlook using staunch third party tool

There are second thoughts surrounding the fact that Mozilla Thunderbird is a superb email client that is trusted by a vast array of users globally. But sometimes migration to another email application such as Outlook or Outlook Express becomes necessary.

Thunderbird has one drawback that it does not support an 'Export' feature that would make it possible to extract the Thunderbird data in a readable format compatible with other email clients such as MS Outlook. Thus, migration from Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook can be carried out with the use of third party MBOX to PST Converter tools.

Thunderbird stores its data in the form of MBOX files. MBOX is a traditional format used by Unix hosts to store the emails, messages and other data locally. Basically .mbox is a text file that contains email messages formatted according to RFC 822. On the contrary, Microsoft Outlook stores data as binary proprietary PST files. The personal storage table files save all the user data and various email folders. The two file formats .MBOX and .PST are not compatible with each other. Thus, a conversion from MBOX to PST is the only way to access the Thunderbird emails into MS Outlook.

The first thing to do when converting MBOX to PST is that the MBOX file needs to be compacted. Deleted emails remain in the Thunderbird mailbox that can also get converted to Outlook PST. To eliminate the deleted items, right click on the folder that you wish to convert to Outlook and select 'Compact This Folder'.

Once the desired folder is compacted, a professional MBOX to PST Converter tool is required. Stellar MBOX to PST Converter is an adroit tool that can convert MBOX files of not just Thunderbird, but various other email clients such as Spicebird, Entourage, PocoMail, Eudora and Apple Mail to Microsoft Outlook.

A step by step user guide facilitating the user how to convert MBOX to PST. The demo version of this competent tool offers a preview of the Thunderbird mail folders in a three pane view. If the exact location of the MBOX files is not known, this tool allows the user to search for the files in all the available drives and volumes of the system. After conversion, the data can be saved as a new PST or appended to an existing Outlook data file.

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