I had a call earlier this week from a regular home customer who wanted to upgrade her old windows Laptop to a MAC book. It seems as if her daughter is a MAC convert and had suggested that she changed to a reconditioned mac book. She was concerned about suport.
There are not many MAC support shops in the area so I explained that my experience of MAC is limited but that I would be able to help her set it up etc but any future hardware support may need to be by someone else.
Anyway she went ahead and most of the transfer of her files from the PC to Mac went well. the only issue was in dealing with the emails.
In the end I found a link which seemed to work as below :-
The result was a happy customer and some useful MAC experience for me!
1) Transfer Your Emails From PC to Mac
- You’ve set up Mail in OS X, but don’t see the emails that were on your PC’s Outlook inbox. Unfortunately, Outlook stores your inbox such that you can’t just pop a file over and repopulate all of your emails. The simplest solution is to use Mozilla Thunderbird as an intermediary program.
- Thunderbird Workaround:
- Download and install Mozilla’s free email client, Thunderbird, on your PC.
- Open Thunderbird and select Mail in the Import Wizard.
- -If for any reason the Import Wizard does not appear, go to the top of the screen and select Tools –> Import –> Mail.
- Select Outlook.
- Once all your email has been transferred into Thunderbird, it will store your newly transferred Inbox in a single file that can be quickly imported into Mac Mail.
- Locate and retrieve the Inbox file:
- In Thunderbird, go to Tools –> Account Settings.
- In the Account Settings window, select Local Folders in the list on the left.
- This will display a box labeled Message Storage. Inside this box will be displayed the file path to get to your Inbox file.
- Navigate to this folder with Windows Explorer.
- Rename the file to Inbox.mbox.
- -When Windows asks if you’re sure you want to change the file extension, click Yes.
Copy Inbox.mbox to a folder on your Mac.
Import your inbox into Mac Mail.
- If you have not yet set up an email account through Mac Mail, it will prompt you to do so right now.
- At the Conclusion window at the end of the setup, click on the Import Mailboxes button.
- -If for any reason the setup window does not appear, go to the top of the screen and select File –> Import Mailboxes…
- Select Other.
- Locate the folder where you saved Inbox.mbox and select it.
- Now Mac Mail will show a folder on the left side labeled Import.
- Click on the gray triangle to the left of the Import folder.
- Open the Inbox folder that appears.
- Select all the e-mails in this Inbox.
- At the top of the screen, select Message –> Move To –> Inbox.
- Once all the Import Inbox emails have been transferred to the Mac Mail Inbox, delete the Import folder.
6) Transfer Your Address Book From PC to Mac
Now that your old emails have been brought over, you’ll also need to import your Address Book from Outlook so you can start firing out new ones. Once again, using Thunderbird to go between your PC and Mac will be the easiest solution.
- Back on your PC, open Thunderbird and go to Tools –> Import –> Address Books.
- Select Outlook.
- When your contacts have all been imported into Thunderbird, open its Address Book.
- Select Tools –> Export –> Save.
- -The pull-down list for Format gives you a few options for the file output, all of which Mac Address Book can read. LDIF is the default, which will be just fine.
- Save the output file somewhere easily accessible (Desktop is always nice).
- Copy the output file to your Mac.
- Open Mac Address Book.
- Go to File –> Import –> LDIF… and locate the file that you moved over from your PC.
- -If you chose a format other than LDIF, go to File –> Import –>
- Text File… and locate the file you moved over from your PC.
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