September 22, 2005
FAQ: I have lots and lots of old email in Eudora. Should I convert all that to Outlook?

You have several options for what to do with your old Eudora email.

1. You can leave it in Eudora and use Eudora as your email archive. When you want to refer to that email, you can open Eudora and search for the email in question. The primary issue with this method is that eventually you will switch computers and, although you can copy all your Eudora mailboxes to the new computer, you would also have to install and maintain Eudora on your new computer just to read those old emails.

2. Clean out your Eudora email of all old messages you definitely no longer need. Or, choose a few key mailboxes to convert. Then go through a step-by-step conversion process to bring your old email into Outlook. Tips for cleaning up your old email and step by step instructions for converting will be posted on the Tech News site soon.

3. Convert everything from Eudora to Outlook. If you do this--convert all your old email from Eudora to Outlook--you may find, especially if your mailboxes are very large, that the conversion process takes a long time. However, it is possible to do if you carefully follow the step by step conversion instructions which will be posted on Tech News.

Important: whatever you decide to do with your old Eudora email, it is important to note that you do not need to convert your old Eudora mail to Outlook at the same time you set up your Outlook-Exchange account. Because the old messages will go into archive folders, this process can be done at any time. If you feel, once you've reviewed the conversion procedure, that you need to do the conversion, but anticipate that you'll be calling hotline support while you're converting, I'd urge you to wait to convert your old email until after we've completed initial training throughout the state (during which time, getting new users up and running on Outlook will be a hotline priority). Initial training will run through October and November, 2005.

Posted by dcoates at September 22, 2005 04:17 PM

I have a lot of mailboxes for different people, with a lot of messages in them, what do I do with these and how do I change these?

Posted by: Verna Thenhaus on September 28, 2005 12:25 PM


You will create new mailboxes and new rules for saving to these mailboxes when you convert to Outlook-Exchange.

As mentioned in this FAQ post, it is possible to convert all your old Eudora mailboxes (including keeping them as separate mailboxes) to Outlook. However, it is a complex process and our recommendation is that you 1) wait to ensure that anything you're going to convert is something you really need down the road and 2) you convert only those mailboxes you absolutely need to, not every mailbox you currently have in Eudora--remember you'll easily be able to store new mail in Outlook simply by creating a new mailbox.

Posted by: Deb Coates on September 28, 2005 02:31 PM
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