February 10, 2005

Curious George: Computer Burp Curious George: My computer decided that since I said good things about it, it had to prove me wrong.

So it decided that I would need to format it. Luckily I was able to pay $90 to my local computer store to copy my hard drive so I didn’t lose any info. My question is how can I get my emails and preferences back. My old files are now on C:\T\ then the regular sub folders. I’m not smart enough to be able to figure out where Thunderbird hides my folders with my emails. Also there are a couple of programs that I can’t remember where I found them including one that striped down Acrobat Reader of all the extra stuff that no one needs so it loads much faster. Please help! Thanks

  • Sounds like your registry needs to be copied over. That's the first culprit I'd look for, since a lot of config data is stored there.
  • Oh -- reading your post a little more closely, yes, it sounds like the c:\t\ prefix is causing you problems.... while the registry may be one problem, I think the prefixing is a more serious issue. I'd probably be contemplating copying the contents out to the c:\ drive somehow. Anyway..
  • In Win2k, Thunderbird and Firefox store their settings in c:\documents and settings\\application data\, and from there in their respectively named directories. I think it's the same for WinXP, but I couldn't tell you for any other OS. A number of other programs store settings there too. Copying the backup folders you have into the same place on your main file system will restore your emails and such.
  • thanks shandrin that did it
  • Glad I could help. :)