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An Easy Way to Convert MBOX to PST

Author: Sandeep Kumar
by Sandeep Kumar
Posted: Nov 16, 2018
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MS Outlook is the most preferred email application among all the available applications. The E-mail client meets the complete requirements of a user and is very easy to use and this is the reason why users migrate to Outlook. Whenever you move from one email to another it requires conversion of file formats too. So, if a user wants to move from Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Spicebird then he/she have to convert the MBOX files to PST format.

This is because of Apple Mail, Thunderbird and all other email applications stores data in MBOX format and Outlook in PST format. Moreover, moving to Outlook is always a good choice as it provides various features like

  • Scheduling meetings and sharing the calendar within the application
  • Users can set a password on Outlook PST file for data protection
  • It has an anti-spam function which prevents malicious emails away from outlook inbox
  • MS Outlook is compatible with various OS
  • Outlook supports the upcoming technologies and adapts to them easily
  • While there are many MBOX to PST converter available in the market, we should always try the manual method if possible. Converting MBOX to Outlook data file (.pst) is easy. It requires three steps by which Mbox based email clients can be moved to MS Outlook

    Steps to Convert MBOX to PST

    Before starting the conversion process, backup MBOX file and PST file to restore data in case any error occur during migration.

    Save MBOX Files as EML
  • Open the application that uses MBOX file storage system
  • Go to the email folder and right click on it to create a new folder. Assign any name to it e.g. XYZ
  • Now open the folder from where you want to move email messages
  • Select the contents in the folder and right click on it
  • Select the option Move to>> Account name>>Folder>>XYZ
  • Open the XYZ folder and select all the items
  • Right click on it and save in EML format
  • Move the EML Files to Outlook

    Now Open the MS Outlook application and go to the folder where EML files are stored. Simply move these EML files via drag and drop operation in MS Outlook

    Export EML to PST
  • Open Outlook>> File>>Open & Export and then click on Import/ Export
  • In the new window open select 'Export to a File' and then 'Outlook Data File'
  • Select the folder (XYZ) where EML files are stored and choose 'Do not export duplicate items'
  • Finally, click on Finish
  • Direct conversion of MBOX to PST is not possible, the files first need to be converted in EML and then PST. In this way, the MBOX files will be moved to Outlook PST safely and securely.

    Note: Users should take extra care while performing the actions during MBOX to PST conversion as a single mistake might affect both the Outlook application and MBOX based email application. Each step should be followed in order especially during saving MBOX files to EML format. In case anything goes wrong, terminate the process and restore data from backup. Users can also go for MBOX to PST converter to move files to MS Outlook

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    Experience in Troubleshooting Outlook Problems and Knowledge about Windows Operating Systems, Database Repair, Password Recovery and other office tools

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