Are you looking for a way to export your data from MS Outlook to MBOX for Windows? Are you planning to migrate from MS Outlook to SeaMonkey – the internet suite, which collaborates so many utilities, such as email and news client, chatting, HTML Editor, and a web browser at a single platform? Well, you are at the right pane and reading the most relevant post. SeaMonkey stores your emails in a data file of MBOX file format. Well, the MBOX format of data files is not proprietary to this SeaMonkey, but many other email clients, including Mozilla Thunderbird, use the same format of the data file to store emails respectively.
Aiming for switching from Microsoft Outlook client to SeaMonkey sounds a bit awkward; however, if the new platform can get you a bundle of features, then switching to it becomes quite advantageous. When it comes to the MBOX file, I suggest being familiar with this data file format and the way it stores your emails collectively.
The MBOX File and the How it stores the Email Messages?
The MBOX file is a data file, which is native to various email clients based on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. The emails stored in the MBOX file are in the plain-text form, which actually require no email client to read/write access the information. In other words, the information in your emails in not secure and anybody who has the access to your PC can also read your emails. See how the emails are stored in the MBOX file:
An email message stored in the MBOX file begins with the keyword ‘From’ followed by a space, and then the email address of the sender. In other words, the initial line of the email is in the following format:
From< >sender’s_email_address; for instance, “From sender_name@sender_domain”
After this, the email body starts from the very next line. A blank line after the email body indicates the end of the message, and then the same email format is repeated for the next email.
One of the key features of MBOX format of the data files is that you can switch to any of the other clients supporting the same data file format, while there is no need to convert the mailbox format for the new platform.
The Outlook PST file/Mailbox
Microsoft Outlook is a renowned email client for the Windows platform and has been serving users for a long time. Once you set up your email account in Outlook, which is based on IMAP/POP3, all your emails and other information are stored in a PST file (Outlook.pst). In fact, the PST file contains your emails, contact, calendar data, notes, journals, tasks, etc. Even though the Outlook data file is portable and you can keep its copy as backup of your mailbox, you cannot import it into any other email client running on the Windows platform.
Import MS Outlook Messages into SeaMonkey Client
When it comes to exporting the email messages from Outlook mailbox or PST to SeaMonkey client, you cannot simply go on with the import process. In fact, you must convert the Outlook PST file to its corresponding MBOX file at first, and then you can import the MBOX file into the SeaMonkey client for Windows platform.
The following are the key steps involved in the overall migration process:
- Export all the messages in a PST file, which you need on the SeaMonkey client.
- Launch Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 on your PC and click the File tab.
- In the File tab, click Cleanup Tools, and then click the Archive option.
- Select the “Archive this folder and all subfolders” option and select the target folder.
- Select a date under “Archive items older than” and click the Browse button to select a destination to save the archive.
- Click the OK button to start archiving.
- Convert the PST file into its corresponding MBOX file.
- Download, install, and run Stellar PST to MBOX Converter on your PC.
- Select the “Select Outlook PST File” option and click the Select PST File button to select the recently created PST archive.
- In the Select Mail Client (MBOX) drop down list, select SeaMonkey.
- Click the OK button to start PST to MBOX conversion.
Note: You can see a preview of all the emails individually in the preview window, once the PST file is converted to the MBOX file.
- Click the ‘Convert to MBOX’ option in the toolbar to save the converted emails in the MBOX file.
- Select the destination to save the MBOX file.
- Import the MBOX file into the SeaMonkey client on Windows.
Once the software has converted the PST file to its corresponding MBOX file for SeaMonkey client, you can go on with the import process for SeaMonkey. After you have imported the MBOX file successfully, you can access the information quite easily.