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Prologue:
So I was having a lot of issues getting my e-mail copied from one IMAP e-mail account to another without having issues.  I tried copying the e-mails directly from one IMAP inbox to another without much success. Basically the server would start rejecting the copies after 10-20 e-mails.

In Thunderbird (Mozilla’s mail application) I was getting the following message: “Sending authenticate login information..” and the client would just stop copying e-mails.

In Outlook Express 6, the client application would begin copying the files over then give me a non descript error message.

What I will explain in the following post is how I successfully copied mail files from one IMAP server to another.  This method will keep all the existing information (headers) like the received date, sender name, etc.  I know it is possible to simply Forward all the messages but then you will lose all this data, which wasn’t an option for me.

Overview:
The steps involved include (a) creating the two accounts in a mail client, (b) downloading the mail from the “old” account to a local folder, and (c) moving the mail from the local folder to the “new” account.

I initially overlooked the simplicity of this option, but it works simply and successfully. For the purpose of this document the “old” account refers to the account that you will be transferring mail from and the “new” account refers to the account that you will be transferring mail to. You can probably use most mail clients to do this, but I will use Outlook Express 6 to explain because pretty much everyone with Windows XP has this on their computer.

The Steps:


1.      Create the two (2) accounts in the mail client

a.      In Outlook Express, click Tools -> Accounts in the menu.

b.      Click the Add button and choose mail

c.       Follow the prompts, filling in your “old” IMAP account information

d.      Once you add the account it will ask you if you want to download the folders for the new account you just created. Choose yes.

                                                              i.      Make sure each folder is viewable. You can do this by selecting a folder and choosing Show if it is not viewable.

e.      Repeat the above steps for the “new” IMAP account

      2. Copy the mail from the old account to a local mail folder

a.      Decide which mail folder you would like to download the mail from

b.      Make sure there is a folder with a similar name in the Local Folders (ie. If you want to download your Spam folder from the old account, make sure there is a folder under the Local Folders called Spam)

                                                              i.      If the folder doesn’t exist, simply create it by right clicking on the Local Folders and selecting “New folder…”

c.       Open the folder you want to download the mail from

d.      Select a mail item from the right-hand pane

e.      Click Edit -> Select All in the Outlook menu (all of the mail items should be selected now – this can also be done by pressing CTRL+A)

f.        Right click one of the selected mail items and choose Copy to Folder from the menu

g.      Expand the Local Folders item if it is not selected and choose the local folder you would like to copy the mail to and press Ok. (from step b, this would be the local Spam folder we created) Outlook will download all the files and transfer them to the local folder.

h.      Repeat the above steps for all of the folders you would like to copy.

      3. Move the mail from the local folder to the new account

a.      Decide which mail folder you would like to transfer

b.      Make sure there is a folder with a similar name on the new account (ie. If you want to upload the Spam folder from the Local Folders, make sure there is a folder in the new account called Spam)

                                                              i.      If the folder doesn’t exist, simply create it by right clicking on the account name and selecting “New folder…”

c.       Open the Local Folder you want to upload the mail from

d.      Select a mail item from the right-hand pane

e.      Click Edit -> Select All in the Outlook menu (all of the mail items should be selected now – this can also be done by pressing CTRL+A)

f.        Right click one of the selected mail items and choose Move to Folder from the menu

g.      Expand the new account and choose the new account folder you would like to move the mail to and press Ok. (from step b, this would be the local Spam folder) Outlook will upload all the files and transfer them to the remote folder.

h.      Repeat the above steps for all of the folders you would like to copy.

Some Reasoning:
The reason we chose to copy the files from the old account to a local folder is for backup purposes.  If we end up having an issue during the process, this allows us to delete whatever we need and start fresh using the files on the old server.

The reason we choose to move the files from the local copy we created to the new account is to account for transfer issues. In case the server locks up or you lose connection, you won’t have to start all over. You can simply resume moving the remaining files from the local folder to the new server.

After trying a couple different applications designed to effectively act as a replacement for Windows XP Media Center edtion (MCE), I'm going back to Microsoft's operating system. Basically, none of the applications could do everything MCE could. And even when they got remotely close, the interface was hideous in comparison to MCE.

I needed an OS that was based on XP Professional so I could use the development tools required for my classes, like Visual Studio .NET. Being based on Windows XP Pro also allows me to enable Remote Desktop Connection so I can access and control my desktop from anywhere with Internet Explorer 5 or newer... or the Remote Desktop application....

I personally prefer to use the Remote Desktop application because it allows me to connect my local drives/printers on the laptop while im "logged in" to the Remote Desktop. This ability was the solution to my loud computer in my bedroom being the computer I use to download files over night. The thing is so loud, I can't go to sleep with it on at night.

I needed a remote server in a different room so I could continue my downloads over night and cut-down the total overall time to download. My xbox is modded with XBMC, but there are no homebrew applications to download torrents. So I installed Linux on the xbox (X-DSL) and installed a BitTorrent client. That worked... kind of. If I wanted to use the Xbox Media Center functionality of my xbox, I would have to stop downloading.

So what next? How about one of those spare computer I have sitting in my closet? Perfect. Install Windows XP, set up the computer, set up remote desktop, set up file-shares... "wallah!" I now have a file/torrent-server to house all my media.

I'll get back with some photos and screen shots... for now, use your imagination. I'll try to write up some info on the processes later.

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