I'm tearing my hair out over this problem, and hoping someone can help.
I have a client who has thousands of emails (c 4Gb) locked up in Outlook Express on a Win 2000 machine. I've successfully retrieved them from the machine and imported them into a brand-new XP machine. She is adamant she wants to stick with XP and OE. She is a big user of family history programs, many of which are only useful in XP. Migrating onto Windows 7 is a non-starter (yes, yes, I know :-) )
Her email address is strictly POP3 only. I've set up a Gmail address for her which polls her POP3 email address for her. Gmail is set up with IMAP access via OE.
The sticking point is her massive database of email. It sits on OE in a series of folders in Local Folders. The best way of future-proofing her email and her eventual move from OE is to put it all onto Gmail/IMAP. But how to get her email in there?
Copying folders into the IMAP account in OE doesn't work. Emails can be dragged into IMAP but the folders need to be recreated in IMAP: this will take forever.
Thunderbird can import OE mail, but only if OE is installed on the same machine as I understand it.
She does have access to Outlook 2007. All I have read on the Net seems to suggest mail can be imported from OE to Outlook, possibly using Windows Live Mail as an intermediary. However, if the folder structures aren't maintained and not re-created on the IMAP server easily, this is another long and tedious job.
So, in summary, I need to
- take a very large number of emails in folders from OE
- import them into Gmail via IMAP, whilst maintaining the folders.
Grateful for any and all suggestions!