HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
Are you using Windows Explorer? Have you tried Xcopy or RoboCopy? Or
Windows Easy Transfer? Is there any consistency to your "bombing out on
certain files"? In other words, is it the same file(s) every time? Or the
same type(s) of file?
As you probably know, unlike OE's .dbx files, WLM's messages are stored as
individual .eml and .nws files. OE used the Folders.dbx file to organize
all the other .dbx files; Folders.dbx must be included when copying the OE
Similarly - but not identically - the Mail.MSMessageStore file should be
moved along with WLM's message files, although WLM does have the ability to
rebuild its index if that file is missing.
The best way to move the entire store would probably be with side-by-side
Windows Explorer windows. Right-click on the existing store folder - the
folder name itself, not a file or subfolder within the top folder - and drag
that whole folder to the new location on the external hard disk. Then
release the mouse button and choose "Copy here" from the context menu. (I'm
using Win7 but WinXP works exactly the same way, as I recall.) Then, of
course, be patient; it can take a long time to move 20 GB.
(Personally, I probably would open a Command Prompt window and use "Xcopy /c
/h /e /r /k". While Xcopy has been deprecated in favor of RoboCopy in
recent years, I learned to use that command with that set of switches long
ago and it still works for me in almost all cases. I've moved entire boot
volumes that way and booted into those volumes in their new locations.)
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
> I am planning to convert my laptop to W7 in the near future. I have been
> using WLM for about a year on my XP machine.
> My plan was to copy all my messages in the Store Folder to an external
> hard disk and then change the pointer in WLM
> (Tools/Options/Advanced/Maintenance) to the new place before formatting my
> internal laptop disk.
> But, I have a huge store folder (20GB) and I am running into problems
> trying to copy it to the disk. It keeps bombing out on certain files.
> Is there an easier way to move my store folder before I convert to W7?
> Would and export be the way to do it. I still want to use WLM on this
> machine for a while before converting.