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Migrating from MAC to Windows

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Both versions of Eudora keep their mailboxes in the same format (UNIX mbox). However, Macintosh and Windows file systems handle text differently, so line feed conversion must be done. You can do this by FTPing the files in ASCII (text) mode, or by using a carriage return/line feed conversion utility (like the shareware application CRLF). It's very important that you FTP or convert the files to take care of the carriage return/line feed processing.

On the Macintosh, open the System Folder: Eudora folder. You'll see your mailbox files there. Rename the mailboxes in the standard 8.3 DOS format, using the .MBX file extension (for example, In becomes IN.MBX). If you have files ending in .toc, ignore them; you won't be transferring them. Note that if you have some mailboxes grouped into folders, the folder names must have the extension .FOL.

If you're FTPing the files: FTP the .MBX files to a mailhost (or anywhere else you can FTP to). Make sure you do it in ASCII (text) mode. Then FTP them back down to the target PC. Do not copy any .toc files, as they are platform specific. If you're using the CRLF utility: Run the CRLF utility on each .MBX file while they're on the Macintosh. Then copy the files onto the PC, via disk or however is most convenient.

Put all these files into the Eudora directory on the PC that was created when you installed Eudora on that computer. Delete the DESCMAP.PCE file from that directory. When you launch Eudora, you'll see your mailboxes and messages as they were on the Macintosh, although the status (read, unread, sent, forwarded, etc.) and label information will be lost.

To convert your filters, rename your Eudora Filters file to FILTERS.PCE. Then FTP or convert it as you did the mailboxes, and put it in the top level of the Eudora directory on the PC.

As for Address Books/Nicknames, look in your System Folder:Eudora Folder for a file called Eudora Nicknames. Rename this file to NNDBASE.TXT. FTP or convert it as you did the mailboxes, and put it in the top level of the Eudora directory on the PC.

If you have a folder in your Macintosh's System Folder:Eudora Folder called "Nicknames Folder," and there are files in it, then do this: rename them to SOMETHING.TXT (they can be called anything you wish, but they must have a .TXT extension). Then FTP or convert those files. In the Eudora directory on the PC, look for a subdirectory called "NICKNAME" (no quotes, capitalization doesn't matter). It must be called exactly that. If you don't have such a subdirectory, create it. Then put the files into this subdirectory. (Do not put the NNDBASE.TXT file in this subdirectory). If you didn't have the Nicknames Folder on your Macintosh, or if it was empty, don't worry about this step.

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