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Move to W7

T

Tom Brown

#1
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.

TIA,

Tom
 

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R

R. C. White

#2
Hi, Tom.

HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
disk?

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
store folder.

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.)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@newsgroup
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64

"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

> 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.
>
> TIA,
>
> Tom
 

My Computer

T

Tom Brown

#3
Hi R.C.

Thanks for the reply. I am not using OE so none of that is relevant. But,
it looks like you are saying the method I am using for WLM is OK ... just
copy the existing data files to the new disk.

Does anyone else know a better way to change the Store Folder than by
copying it directly the new disk?

I am familiar with Siber Systems and I use Robo-Form (AWESOME program for
automatically keeping track of passwords) and GoodSync (backup manager) but
I have not tired Robo-Copy. I'll check it out because I am impressed with
the other programs I have tried.

Here is what I tired to do. I located the Store Folder (C:\Documents and
Settings\Tom\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail)
with My Computer, clicked on the Folder option to show other folders, and
then did a Right-Click and dragged it to the new disk location. I then
selected the Copy option (instead of Move).

But, it takes SO LONG .... well over an hour before it crashed and quit. I
have only made two attempts and neither one completed. I don't know for sure
if it is bombing out on the same file/folder or not but I do remember that
the first time, I wrote down the folder name that it couldn't copy and since
I didn't see it was a folder I needed, I went into WLM and deleted the
folder. I was not sitting at the computer the next time it bombed out but I
do now see that it only copied 3 of the 14 folders it should have copied. It
did copy part of the Storage Folders (47 of 69 subfolders), Tom's Email, and
Your Feeds folders.

I might get Robo-Copy and see if that helps unless someone else comes up
with a better technique than copying the massive files.

Thanks,

Tom




"R. C. White" <rc@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:#OBLKAqnKHA.4628@newsgroup

> Hi, Tom.
>
> HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
> disk?
>
> 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
> store folder.
>
> 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.)
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@newsgroup
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
>
> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

>> 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.
>>
>> TIA,
>>
>> Tom
>
 

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T

Tom Brown

#4
Oops! I guess RoboCopy is not a product from Siber Systems or related to
RoboForm. My mistake.

I'll check out RoboCopy.

Tom


"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:ekFQwjsnKHA.4648@newsgroup

> Hi R.C.
>
> Thanks for the reply. I am not using OE so none of that is relevant. But,
> it looks like you are saying the method I am using for WLM is OK ... just
> copy the existing data files to the new disk.
>
> Does anyone else know a better way to change the Store Folder than by
> copying it directly the new disk?
>
> I am familiar with Siber Systems and I use Robo-Form (AWESOME program for
> automatically keeping track of passwords) and GoodSync (backup manager)
> but
> I have not tired Robo-Copy. I'll check it out because I am impressed with
> the other programs I have tried.
>
> Here is what I tired to do. I located the Store Folder (C:\Documents and
> Settings\Tom\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail)
> with My Computer, clicked on the Folder option to show other folders, and
> then did a Right-Click and dragged it to the new disk location. I then
> selected the Copy option (instead of Move).
>
> But, it takes SO LONG .... well over an hour before it crashed and quit.
> I
> have only made two attempts and neither one completed. I don't know for
> sure
> if it is bombing out on the same file/folder or not but I do remember that
> the first time, I wrote down the folder name that it couldn't copy and
> since
> I didn't see it was a folder I needed, I went into WLM and deleted the
> folder. I was not sitting at the computer the next time it bombed out but
> I
> do now see that it only copied 3 of the 14 folders it should have copied.
> It
> did copy part of the Storage Folders (47 of 69 subfolders), Tom's Email,
> and
> Your Feeds folders.
>
> I might get Robo-Copy and see if that helps unless someone else comes up
> with a better technique than copying the massive files.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom
>
>
>
>
> "R. C. White" <rc@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:#OBLKAqnKHA.4628@newsgroup

>> Hi, Tom.
>>
>> HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
>> disk?
>>
>> 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
>> store folder.
>>
>> 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.)
>>
>> RC
>> --
>> R. C. White, CPA
>> San Marcos, TX
>> rc@newsgroup
>> Microsoft Windows MVP
>> Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
>>
>> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
>> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

>>> 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.
>>>
>>> TIA,
>>>
>>> Tom
>>
 

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S

SC Tom

#5
I agree with R.C.'s suggestions. Xcopy works very well for large numbers of
files (like R.C., I used it and xcopy32 many years ago), and for me was
easier to use than Robo-Copy. That may have been because I was much more
familiar with xcopy.

Another suggestion would be to use something like WinRAR or WinZip and make
compressed files out of them with the destination being the other drive. Or
use Windows Backup or a similar backup program.

Are you making sure that WLM is not open when trying to copy the files?
--
SC Tom

"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:ekFQwjsnKHA.4648@newsgroup

> Hi R.C.
>
> Thanks for the reply. I am not using OE so none of that is relevant. But,
> it looks like you are saying the method I am using for WLM is OK ... just
> copy the existing data files to the new disk.
>
> Does anyone else know a better way to change the Store Folder than by
> copying it directly the new disk?
>
> I am familiar with Siber Systems and I use Robo-Form (AWESOME program for
> automatically keeping track of passwords) and GoodSync (backup manager)
> but
> I have not tired Robo-Copy. I'll check it out because I am impressed with
> the other programs I have tried.
>
> Here is what I tired to do. I located the Store Folder (C:\Documents and
> Settings\Tom\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail)
> with My Computer, clicked on the Folder option to show other folders, and
> then did a Right-Click and dragged it to the new disk location. I then
> selected the Copy option (instead of Move).
>
> But, it takes SO LONG .... well over an hour before it crashed and quit.
> I
> have only made two attempts and neither one completed. I don't know for
> sure
> if it is bombing out on the same file/folder or not but I do remember that
> the first time, I wrote down the folder name that it couldn't copy and
> since
> I didn't see it was a folder I needed, I went into WLM and deleted the
> folder. I was not sitting at the computer the next time it bombed out but
> I
> do now see that it only copied 3 of the 14 folders it should have copied.
> It
> did copy part of the Storage Folders (47 of 69 subfolders), Tom's Email,
> and
> Your Feeds folders.
>
> I might get Robo-Copy and see if that helps unless someone else comes up
> with a better technique than copying the massive files.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom
>
>
>
>
> "R. C. White" <rc@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:#OBLKAqnKHA.4628@newsgroup

>> Hi, Tom.
>>
>> HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
>> disk?
>>
>> 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
>> store folder.
>>
>> 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.)
>>
>> RC
>> --
>> R. C. White, CPA
>> San Marcos, TX
>> rc@newsgroup
>> Microsoft Windows MVP
>> Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
>>
>> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
>> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

>>> 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.
>>>
>>> TIA,
>>>
>>> Tom
>>
 

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W

...winston

#6
It might be appropriate to make an additional backup using File/Export/Messages selecting only the Storage folders as the export.


--
...winston
ms-mvp mail

"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

> 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.
>
> TIA,
>
> Tom
>
>
 

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T

Tom Brown

#7
Yep, WLM is closed.

But, my computer labored all night using RoboCopy and I got an error message
(I think) on every .EML and .CONTACT file. I used a GUI front end called
RichCopy made by one of the Microsoft engineers.

Tom


"SC Tom" <sc@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:#vCZmpunKHA.5700@newsgroup

> I agree with R.C.'s suggestions. Xcopy works very well for large numbers
> of files (like R.C., I used it and xcopy32 many years ago), and for me was
> easier to use than Robo-Copy. That may have been because I was much more
> familiar with xcopy.
>
> Another suggestion would be to use something like WinRAR or WinZip and
> make compressed files out of them with the destination being the other
> drive. Or use Windows Backup or a similar backup program.
>
> Are you making sure that WLM is not open when trying to copy the files?
> --
> SC Tom
>
> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:ekFQwjsnKHA.4648@newsgroup

>> Hi R.C.
>>
>> Thanks for the reply. I am not using OE so none of that is relevant.
>> But,
>> it looks like you are saying the method I am using for WLM is OK ... just
>> copy the existing data files to the new disk.
>>
>> Does anyone else know a better way to change the Store Folder than by
>> copying it directly the new disk?
>>
>> I am familiar with Siber Systems and I use Robo-Form (AWESOME program for
>> automatically keeping track of passwords) and GoodSync (backup manager)
>> but
>> I have not tired Robo-Copy. I'll check it out because I am impressed with
>> the other programs I have tried.
>>
>> Here is what I tired to do. I located the Store Folder (C:\Documents and
>> Settings\Tom\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail)
>> with My Computer, clicked on the Folder option to show other folders, and
>> then did a Right-Click and dragged it to the new disk location. I then
>> selected the Copy option (instead of Move).
>>
>> But, it takes SO LONG .... well over an hour before it crashed and quit.
>> I
>> have only made two attempts and neither one completed. I don't know for
>> sure
>> if it is bombing out on the same file/folder or not but I do remember
>> that
>> the first time, I wrote down the folder name that it couldn't copy and
>> since
>> I didn't see it was a folder I needed, I went into WLM and deleted the
>> folder. I was not sitting at the computer the next time it bombed out
>> but I
>> do now see that it only copied 3 of the 14 folders it should have copied.
>> It
>> did copy part of the Storage Folders (47 of 69 subfolders), Tom's Email,
>> and
>> Your Feeds folders.
>>
>> I might get Robo-Copy and see if that helps unless someone else comes up
>> with a better technique than copying the massive files.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Tom
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "R. C. White" <rc@newsgroup> wrote in message
>> news:#OBLKAqnKHA.4628@newsgroup

>>> Hi, Tom.
>>>
>>> HOW are you trying to copy your 20 GB store folder to your external hard
>>> disk?
>>>
>>> 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
>>> store folder.
>>>
>>> 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.)
>>>
>>> RC
>>> --
>>> R. C. White, CPA
>>> San Marcos, TX
>>> rc@newsgroup
>>> Microsoft Windows MVP
>>> Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
>>>
>>> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
>>> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup
>>>> 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.
>>>>
>>>> TIA,
>>>>
>>>> Tom
>>>
>
>
 

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T

Tom Brown

#8
Ok, that sounds good. So, I would just Export them to the external disk and
then I assume I would use a File/Import/Messages to get them back into WLM
after I change the Store Folder?

Tom


"...winston" <winstonmvp@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:#stF$IvnKHA.4436@newsgroup

> It might be appropriate to make an additional backup using
> File/Export/Messages selecting only the Storage folders as the export.
>
>
> --
> ...winston
> ms-mvp mail
>
> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

>> 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.
>>
>> TIA,
>>
>> Tom
>>
>>
 

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N

N. Miller

#9
On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:27:38 -0700, Tom Brown wrote:

> 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.
As long as your external disk is large enough (probably need at least 320
GB), the Windows 7 install disks include a "Migration Wizard". You can drill
down through the menus on the install disk to find the 'migwiz.exe' file,
and run it from the install disk. It will collect all of your data,
configurations, etc. from your Windows XP system, and write them to a file
on the external disk. Then you can run the installation, and from within
Windows 7, use the "Easy Transfer" utility to bring all that data back.
Everything I had in Windows Live Mail under Windows XP was available in
Windows Live Mail under Windows 7 when I was done.

The 'migwiz' application is found in "Root\support\migwiz\" on my system;
where "Root" is the actual DVD drive letter.

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Yes..

Fyi..I also use RichCopy (copying on Vista using Explorer or other tools doesn't compare)

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"Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message news:O##7xX2nKHA.5520@newsgroup

> Ok, that sounds good. So, I would just Export them to the external disk and
> then I assume I would use a File/Import/Messages to get them back into WLM
> after I change the Store Folder?
>
> Tom
>
>
> "...winston" <winstonmvp@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:#stF$IvnKHA.4436@newsgroup

>> It might be appropriate to make an additional backup using
>> File/Export/Messages selecting only the Storage folders as the export.
>>
>>
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>> "Tom Brown" <Burner2@newsgroup> wrote in message
>> news:#Ijfd2gnKHA.5508@newsgroup

>>> 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.
>>>
>>> TIA,
>>>
>>> Tom
>>>
>>>
 

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