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Backup of my Yahoo mail – on gmail

I got Yahoo plus on 19 December 2010 so that I could back up the mail.

Two problems encountered:

a) Problem is that it is a POP3 server and doesn't back up sub-directories. That means all mail has to be transferred to the yahoo inbox else it won't go into the backup on Outlook.

That means a lot of careful work over the next few weeks to ensure this, step by step – and followed by transferring these emails to the local folder in outlook. Clearly yahoo is not worth using as a primary email (although I like many of its features).

b) The bigger problem was created by Outlook itself, for its default setting on POP3 is to DELETE MAIL ON THE SERVER! That means I lost all my mail on Yahoo inbox! So that needed to shift the mail somewhere into a searchable database (I can't carry my outlook mail everywhere). 

That has now been done by creating an IMAP gmail account on outlook, then moving all Yahoo inbox email into gmail inbox. Once that is done, outlook automatically synchronises email with gmail.

On gmail, I've applied a filter to the yahoo inbox messages, so that these go into a separate yahoo folder.

So now about 1700 emails are found in the yahoo inbox – and these are searchable as they would have been on yahoo.

The next step is to transfer all yahoo mails to outlook, then through outlook to gmail. And backup outlook. That way both yahoo and gmail would be available on the local computer.


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