How to Import Mail from an Old Computer with IncrediMail

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When that mysterious error knocked out your old computer, it seemingly was not deterred by the nonexistence of a recent backup of all that IncrediMail data (messages, settings, letters,...).

Fortunately, the hard disk could be rescued. In the meantime, you have set up and settled with a new IncrediMail installation on a new (fast!) computer, however, so just copying the old data folder 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?

You can.

Rescue or Import Mail from an Old Computer or IncrediMail Installation

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

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  • Make sure you have access to the old IncrediMail data folder.
    • You can install the old hard disk in the new computer or work from a copy of the data. Make sure the folders are not compressed (as a ZIP file, for example), though.
  • Open IncrediMail.
  • Select File | Import | Messages... from the menu.
  • Highlight IncrediMail.
  • Click Next.
  • Now click Select Folder....
  • Highlight your old IncrediMail data folder.
  • Click OK.
    • You do not have to choose an individual identity. Highlighting the IM folder is sufficient.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure All Folders is selected.
  • You can check Import into a new folder: 'Imported from IncrediMail' to collect all freshly imported folders under one super-folder. If this is not checked, IncrediMail will still import old folders as sub-folders of existing folders of the same name. (You will have an Inbox sub-folder of Inbox, for example.)
  • Click Next.
  • Now click Finish.
  • Move messages from the imported folders (or the folders themselves) to their final positions.