How do I transfer stored email messages from an external drive with messages originally stored using Windows Mail (WM) under Vista to a machine using Windows Live Mail (WLM) under Windows 7?
My notebook crashed (literally, having crashed to the floor after being bumped off a desk). It could no be rebotted, as far as I can tell. The monitor was dead, an external monitor did not work, and the drives did not respond. Fortunately, the drives work in an external case, so I can see all the files, including the mail files.
Apparently WM stores email messages differently from WLM. While WM has a single folder with all messages for the inbox in the subfolder "Local folders", WLM has a separate folder for each mail account under the "Windows Live Mail" folder. There is also a storage folder but that appears to be used for deleted or outgoing messages.
So how do I get the messages from the WM inbox sorted into the right account folders in WLM? What do I need to know to get the whole thing, including other folders I set up, transferred properly?
I have more than 10 email accounts, all with POP3 servers. I have made accounts for three of these on the WLM on the new machine and they downloaded the several months messages that were stored on the server. However, I have many older messages stored on the WM on the now external drive.
Any help would be appreciated, but keep it simple.