Re: converting EarthLink email (to EML or PST) ?

Subject: Re: converting EarthLink email (to EML or PST) ?
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:55:05 +0200


First, I would avoid any conversion to Outlook's .pst format. That
stores email in a single, giant file that is somewhat less flexible
than alternatives that store the email messages as separate
files...and should the .pst become corrupted, you can lose everything
at once.

I noticed yesterday that the latest Outlook for the Mac has abandoned
the single giant file format, by the way--perhaps a foretaste of what
may come in the Windows versions.

Next--have you seen the "ABC Amber Earthlink Converter?" You can
download a fee trial version that will work for 5 emails at a time;
registering and paying a small fee (twenty bucks, I think) will give
you one without those limits.

According to their website, this tool will export to any number of
document or text formats--making the entire thing searchable using
desktop tools, and not requiring the limitations of email programs to
handle the whole thing.

Since these are old, archived messages, perhaps this would be sufficient?

Notice, too, that they offer many other conversion programs.



> Subject: converting EarthLink email (to EML or PST) ?
> I have many years of old EarthLink email that I'd like to convert so I can quit using EarthLink's email client (which they've quit providing for new operating systems; grrrr).
> EarthLink explains how to convert messages to EML format, which can be used by a variety of email clients, and even (with additional conversions) changed into Outlook's PST format.  But, the process is manual and painful and doesn't seem to be automat-able, which means it's going to take a million years to convert so many years of (tech writing-related) messages.
> I believe that the email is in a Microsoft Access Database, so it seems as if I should somehow be able to extract the messages, along with their attachments.
> It's a long shot, but... has anyone done this?
> If yes, and you can help, I'd be eternally grateful.  And Santa/your-winter-celebration-icon-of-choice will be sure to bring you a token of my appreciation!
> -Monique

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