Outlook to Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by no.1 Apple Fan, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. no.1 Apple Fan macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Location:
    In a pineapple under the sea
    #1
    Hi all! My mom's new 15" MacBook Pro is shipping right now. The Dell that we keep downstairs with all her emails on it recently broke. It can no longer go out to the internet because the communications part of it is broken. It is running XP. My mom told me to get all of the old emails off Outlook 2003 and onto her Mac. I am not sure how to do this because I can't download any little converter apps since the internet is broken. Is there a converter application that I can put on the Mac that I want to move all the emails to?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Galley macrumors 65816

    Galley

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    #2
    The only way I know is to use a Windows app to convert the Outlook messages to the standard .mbx Unix format that Mail.app uses. I used POImport.
    Can't you download the app to a USB flash drive using another computer?
     
  3. Emmanuel macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2009
    Location:
    Massachsetts, USA
    #3
    Try Thunderbird

    I haven't used Outlook 2003, but if I am correct, you can use Mozilla Thunderbird to import the messages and then export these messages to a standard format called the "mbox" format.

    First download and install Thunderbird. Burn it to a CD, get it into a flash stick, whatever. Then, when you first launch Thunderbird, it should allow you to import your Outlook data. Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles where "username" is the username of the person who has the Outlook data installed. There should be a strangely-named folder with some random gibberish and then a default in the name. Mine is called vlm4242z.default.

    Each mail folder (Inbox, Sent, etc.) is stored as two files — one with no extension (e.g. INBOX), which is the mail file itself (in "mbox" format), and one with an .msf extension (e.g. INBOX.msf), which is the index (Mail Summary File) to the mail file. Copy the file without the extension to a flash stick or something. These files can be HUGE. (My "All Mail" File is over 100MB and that's just a few months. Heavy mail people could easily have files in the gigs or so. This is a good time to tell your mother to go the store and get a 4 or 8 GB flash stick if you need one.)

    When you get to the Mac, just import these files into Apple Mail. These are an industry-standard format, so it will read them.

    To be honest, I have never done this before, but it's good to keep in mind. :)

    My Resources - So you can verify!
    http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/faq#q2.10
    http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/profile
    http://www.rit.edu/its/services/desktop_support/mac/applemailimportmessages.html
     
  4. no.1 Apple Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Location:
    In a pineapple under the sea
    #4
    So your saying I could load the disk image onto a flash drive and install it on the PC and convert it there? That might work.

    POimport says it only works with PocoMail and Barca, put if it converts it to a universal format, i'll try that.
    Can it batch convert emails, because my mom has probably a few thousand.
     
  5. no.1 Apple Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Location:
    In a pineapple under the sea
    #5
    Poimport didn't work. I will try the other suggestion.
    Actually that is an email client. I am just looking for a small simple utility.
     
  6. oxfan macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    #6
    I used this:

    http://www.littlemachines.com/

    It costs $10 but works fine.

    It runs on the PC so it would need to be copied onto a USB stick to install on the PC.
     
  7. no.1 Apple Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Location:
    In a pineapple under the sea
    #7
    Yeah, I looked into that too. I am trying to find something thats free.
     
  8. Emmanuel macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2009
    Location:
    Massachsetts, USA
    #8
    I didn't actually say this outright if I recall, but using Thunderbird is completely free. :)
     
  9. no.1 Apple Fan thread starter macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Location:
    In a pineapple under the sea
    #9
    Ok, cool, now that I look at it more closely I realize that it does not require entourage. I have an 8 gb PNY so I will try that tomorrow.
     

Share This Page