How to Import Mail From an Old Computer With IncrediMail

If you can access the hard drive, you can rescue your messages

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When that mysterious error knocked out your old computer, it was not deterred by the nonexistence of a recent backup of all your IncrediMail messages. Fortunately, the hard disk could be rescued, but the computer was a goner.

In the meantime, you have set up and settled with a new IncrediMail installation on a new computer but just copying the old data folder from your nonworking computer is not an option. Data and Settings Transfer won't work either, as you have no working IncrediMail to export your data. Can you still get hold of the emails you previously had?

Yes, you can.

Rescue or Import Mail From an Old Computer or IncrediMail Installation

You must have access to the old IncrediMail data folder. You can install the old hard disk on your new computer or work from a copy of the data on an external drive. Make sure the files and folders are not compressed.

To import messages from .imf files of an old IncrediMail installation:

  1. Open IncrediMail on your new computer.
  2. Select File > Import Messages... from the menu.
  3. Highlight IncrediMail.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Select Folder.
  6. Highlight your old IncrediMail data folder.
  7. Click OK. You do not have to choose an individual identity. Highlighting the IM folder is sufficient.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Make sure All Folders is selected.
  10. You can check Import into a new folder: Imported from IncrediMail to collect all freshly imported folders under one superfolder. If this is not checked, IncrediMail imports old folders as subfolders of existing folders of the same name. You end up with an Inbox subfolder of Inbox, for example.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Now click Finish.

Move messages from the imported folders or move the folders themselves to their final positions.