Moving Mail From An Outlook PST To Mac Mail

// March 4th, 2010 // Computers

I recently installed Mac OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard onto my PC in a valiant feat of crazy nerdiness. Just to see if I could. I was an instant convert to the world of OSX – luckily, because I haven’t got round to trying to get my dual boot working back into my Windows 7 installation (I think I’ll just stick with Parallels Pro).

Anyway I wanted to get my old mail from Outlook on the Windows 7 system disk into my Mac Mail program. What a drama! Explored paid software, crazy “export it all to Gmail and then import it all again” schemes (1.5GB of mail! Not!) and various other schemes. I spent quite a bit of time figuring this out. Here’s what eventually worked, for my own records.

1) Install demo version of Parallels Pro and use Windows 7 disk to set up a virtual install
2) Install Thunderbird on the virtual Windows 7 machine and import Outlook PST file into it
3) Install Thunderbird on OSX
4) Copy Windows Thunderbird profile folder over the OSX Thunderbird profile folder
5) Open Thunderbird, delete any unwanted email (could be done at step 2) and then compact the folders
6) Install an incredibly useful FREE utility, Eudora Mailbox Cleaner
7) Close all mail apps and drag OSX Thunderbird profile folder over the Eudora Mailbox Cleaner icon
8) Once it’s finished, open Mail and rebuild each of the imported mailboxes (Mailbox — Rebuild)

Voila! All the Outlook mail will now appear in Mail. Do yourself a favour and get Eudora Mailbox Cleaner if you’re trying to get mail from anything into Mail on OSX. I highly recommend it.

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