How to Backup Thunderbird and Firefox with MozBackup


To backup Thunderbird, u can try MozBackup. Mozbackup help you to backup Thunderbird. Besides, backup Thunderbird, It also allows you to backup Firefox bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc. (Download link located at the end of the post)

Just a quick tutorial, to backup Thunderbird, follow the steps below:-

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– Start your MozBackup and click Next
– Select Backup a profile and highlight Mozilla Thunderbird and Click Next
– Highlight your profile (normally is default)
– Select the location where your backup files should store (by default it will save in My Document) and Click Next
– It will prompt your if you want to password protect your backup file. Click yes if you want.
– Then select the thing that you want to backup (ex: Email, address books, extensions, saved password, etc …) and click Next
– click Next and it will start to backup your Thunderbird
– Once finish, click on Finish and you are done!

Note: When you want to backup Thunderbird, please make sure all your Thunderbird is closed. Or else MozBackup will not work.

Here are some MozBackup Screen shot:-
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*When u start MozBackup you will see this welcome screen

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* Select your action (backup thunderbird or firefox)

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* select the profile you want to backup and choose your backup file destination

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* select what Thunderbird item you want to backup

I’ve been using MozBackup to backup Thunderbird for more than 1 year. Till now everything run smooth and stable. I’m able to restore my Thunderbird email anything with just few clicks away. Hope you like it 🙂

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11 Responses to “How to Backup Thunderbird and Firefox with MozBackup”

  1. Hubyx says:

    You don’t need this program. To perfectly backup just copy de coded profile folder ex: “C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\qvzbwm29.default”. Copy the entire folder. To restore, create a new account (put any data on the new account, it will be overwritten), browse your pc to the new coded profile folder (don’t change the folder’s name) and replace the contents with the ones on the backup folder. Works for POP and IMAP even if you have several accounts restoring also Local Folders and Adress Book.

    I have been using this for years. You can do this with your firefox profile.

  2. chua says:

    Mozbackup only backup your POP email.
    if you are using IMAP email then you may wan to use other method to backup.

  3. Brix says:

    It backs up ok, but so far I have not been able to get any emails restored just the address book. There is something not quite right here?

  4. sogua says:

    hi J karel,
    do u select the correct file for restore?
    i’ve restored more than 200 PCs, so far didnt encounter any problem.

  5. J karel says:

    A shame that it wont work.
    Making a backup is oke, but putting it back gives a error “no original backup file”.
    Its a joke.

  6. Mike says:

    Hi,
    The pcv file is actually a zip file and can be opened with standard zip programs…..

  7. chua says:

    Greg: you can use Mozbackup to backup n trasfer those email to another PC. For USB version i’m not really sure. I havent tried that before, if you tried do let me know the result. I’d like share with the others

  8. Greg says:

    Can Mozbackup be used to transfer email and setting s to another copy of Thunderbird or Firefox on another computer?
    Also I use both Thunderbird and Firefox for U3 on two USB thumb drives can I use Mozbackup to keep them the same?

  9. Chua says:

    olle mattsson: you have to use mozbackup to do the restoration. Start MozBackup, at the second screen choose Restore a profile and you can restore your pcv file

  10. Olle Mattsson says:

    Backup performed OK, but in .pcv-format. How do I open this format?

  11. John says:

    Wow , this will save me a lot of headaches!!

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