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Migrating From Windows to MAC

Document ID: 1644HQ


How can I transfer my Eudora mailboxes and Address Books/Nicknames from my Windows PC to my Macintosh?

Before you Begin:

There are two folders that Eudora installs on your Macintosh. The "Eudora Application Folder" stores the program itself, while the "Eudora Folder" stores the important data files you create. You need to find your "Eudora Folder" - which is usually found in the "System Folder" or your "Documents" folder. During the instructions below, you will need to place the data files from the PC into the "Eudora Folder" - NOT the Application Folder.

NOTE: Do not move the "Eudora Folder" out of the System Folder or Documents folder.

For OSX the Eudora Folder will probaly be in the HD:user\Home\DocumentsThe mailboxes that you move over need to go into the Mail Folder in the Eudora Folder

Moving the Mailboxes:

Both versions of Eudora keep their mailboxes in the same format, so conversion is relatively painless. 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 CRLF. It's very important that you FTP or convert the files to take care of the carriage return/line feed processing.

The mailbox files on the PC are the ones in the Eudora directory that end in ".MBX". (Don't bring over the ".TOC" files).

If you're FTPing the files:

FTP the .MBX files to a mail host (or somewhere else you can FTP to). Make sure you do it in ASCII (text) mode. Then FTP them back down to the target Macintosh.

If you're using the CRLF utility:

Copy the .MBX files onto the Macintosh, via disk or however is most convenient. Then run the CRLF utility on each .MBX file.

Once the files are FTP'd/converted and on the Macintosh, take the extensions off of the .MBX files (so "IN.MBX" becomes "IN", for example). You can also take the .FOL extensions off any directories you brought over. Then put the files in the Eudora Folder: Mail Folder that was created when you installed Eudora. The mailboxes will show up in Eudora when you launch it on the Macintosh, although the status (read, unread, sent, forwarded, etc.) and label information will be lost.

Converting Filters:

FTP or convert the FILTERS.PCE file on your PC as you did the mailboxes. Once it's on the Mac, rename it to "Eudora Filters" (no quotes), and put it in the top level of the Eudora Folder.

Converting Address Books:

First, on the PC, go through the Address Book/Nicknames and make sure they don't have any spaces in them. If they do, rename them so they don't (Janice Smith --> Janice_Smith, for example). Then find the NNDBASE.TXT file in the PC's Eudora directory, and FTP/convert it just like you did the mailbox files, above. On the Macintosh, rename the NNDBASE.TXT file to "Eudora Nicknames" (no quotes), and put it in the top level of the Eudora Folder.

If your PC's Eudora directory has a subdirectory called NICKNAME (and there are files in it), look for a folder called "Nicknames Folder" (no quotes) within the System Folder:Eudora Folder on your Macintosh. If you don't have one, create one. Then FTP/convert the .TXT files in the NICKNAME directory on the PC, and put them in the Nicknames Folder on the Macintosh. If the PC's Eudora directory doesn't contain a NICKNAME subdirectory, or if it's empty, you can skip this step.


If doing the above does not work move the files to the Mac, and using BBEdit ( convert the files by opening them in BBEdit and then go to File/Save as and click on Save . Then move the files to the appropriate locations and see if they appear in Eudora.


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