The MBOX file format is a very standard file format for storing e-mail on a disk drive. MBOX files are mainly used on UNIX, but as mentioned above, since many users have switched to Outlook that uses the PST file format to save email, it is now gaining popularity. In this article, we will examine the functionality of an automated tool. Furthermore, we will introduce some free methods to manually migrate MBOX to Outlook.
How to use an automated method to migrate from MBOX client to Outlook?
For some users, migrating from one email client to another can be an annoying and challenging activity. To save time and effort, you can use the MBOX to PST Converter. The software has many interesting features that allow you to quickly convert single or multiple MBOX files to PST. It supports 20 MBOX clients, such as Entourage, PowerMail, Thunderbird, Eudora, Apple Mail, etc. Furthermore, it allows you to export MBOX files in four different formats, such as Outlook PST, MSG, EML, PDF, NSF & HTML. You can download the trial version, but each folder is limited to 25 items (migration).
By performing the following steps, anyone can quickly convert and save the MBOX file on the PST:
- Run MBOX to PST converter on your Windows system and click on the Add File button.
- Select and add the MBOX files into the software interface.
- Preview the emails with associated attachments in the software’s interface. Click on Export button.
- Alternatively, for selective email conversion, check the boxes corresponding to each email & right-click to select the Export option.
- Choose PST as file format and click on Export button to migrate MBOX to Outlook at the preferred location.
That’s it!! Within a few clicks, all your MBOX files are swiftly converted to PST format without compromising the email attributes, formatting and structure.
Also Read: How to Save Gmail Emails as PDF Files?
How to Manually Migrate MBOX to Outlook?
Manual migration of MBOX files to PST is a complicated process for some users, but it does work for migrating a small number of data items. This can be categorized into three different steps:
- Save the MBOX file as an EML file
- Drag and drop the EML files into the Outlook interface
- Export and save as a PST file
Step 1: Save the MBOX file as an EML file
- For easy access, we will use the Mozilla Thunderbird email client for this tutorial.
- Open the MBOX email client (in this case Thunderbird) and create a new folder.
- Enter the folder name and continue.
- Select the message you want to save (hold CTRL + left mouse button).
- Check the folder to make sure it contains all the emails you’ve previously moved.
- Select the EML file and save it to the desired location.
- Check where you saved these EML files.
Step 2: Drag and drop the EML files into the Outlook interface
Just select the email once or once and drag it to any folder in MS Outlook. Watch! You have successfully imported the MBOX / EML file into MS Outlook.
Step 3: Export and save as a PST file
In the next few steps, you will learn how to export EML files previously imported from Outlook and save them as a PST file format.
- Go to File > Open and Export > Import / Export
- Select the Export to file option from the list and click Next.
- Then select the Outlook Data Files (.PST) option and click Next.
- From the drop-down menu, select the folder that contains your e-mail and click Next.
- Select the appropriate option and click on the Finish tab.
- You can check the saved file by going to the path/location: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Outlook Files
We discussed manual and automated methods to migrate MBOX to Outlook. Some users may find that manual processing takes time and does not guarantee accurate results when performed for a large number of emails. In such situations, MBOX to PST Converter tool can be utilized as it supports bulk MBOX conversion and keeps the email properties intact irrespective of the number and size of emails. It is the most efficient way to import MBOX files to Outlook email clients.
Its easy to work with the automated tool. Well, the manual methods are good if the number of emails to migrate are on the lower side.