How to Convert MBOX to PST?

Email clients such as Apple Entourage, Power Mail, Apple Mail, Thunderbird and many others. MBOX file format is a standard file format in which these email clients store email messages. These email applications are supported by operating systems including Linux and Mac. Email messages of MBOX mailbox folder are concatenated and stored as a plain text within a single file. MBOX format is one of the popular formats which provide the feature to use text processing tools on plain text.

If you migrate to Windows Microsoft Outlook application, then you need to import MBOX files into PST format. Without importing MBOX files to PST format, you cannot access MBOX files in Outlook application as Outlook reads files of PST format. Experienced users are required to work on Mac platform whereas Windows platform is easy to operate. So, to make the work simple organization may switch to Windows operating system. Options are available to import MBOX mail files in Windows Outlook. Depending on the scenario, user or organization may choose option accordingly.

Damaged MBOX files can also be converted to PST file format if you use MBOX to PST Converter. This particular software possesses some very advanced features which you might not find in any other solution, which is why it has become a recommended solution. I would like to highlight some of its features to help users –

  • Converts accessible as well as corrupt MBOX files to PST. Can also check the preview of recovered MBOX file before converting.
  • Simultaneously converts multiple MBOX files to PST (supports batch conversion).
  • Provides options to save converted MBOX file as PST, EML, MSG, HTML and RTF file. While saving in PST format, you can also create new PST file to save these converted file(s).
  • Supports MBOX file of all the compatible software (which save mailbox file in .mbox format).
  • Free trial version is also available.

If you find your MBOX file accessible and need a free solution to convert into PST, then check and note the steps of manual process given below –

Module 1 –
  • In Apple Mail application, on menu bar go to File tab -> Import Mailboxes.
  • Select Files in mbox format option from the options given in Import Data From window and Continue.
  • Browse the location where MBOX file is stored and click on Choose button.
  • Wait for the importing process to get complete, then select Done button.
  • On the left side of application window, you will see Import panel, there you can check imported file.
Module 2 –

Make sure you have installed Eudora for Windows in your computer. If not, then get its latest version from internet and install it. After installing, follow:

  • Rename the imported file by changing its file extension to .mbx.
    g. From mboxfilename to mboxfilename.mbx
  • Transfer this imported file to Eudora’s file directory. The default location where Eudora files are stored as file system is – drive:/Documents and Settings/user/Application Data/Qualcomm/Eudora”
  • Open Eudora application. Click and open mboxfilename.mbx to check whether mailbox folder has been created in Eudora.
  • Exit Eudora.
Module 3 –

You also need Outlook Express installed in your system. We make use of OE application because MS Outlook has reliable option to import and export mailbox folders from different e-mail clients.

  • In Outlook Express, find and click File -> Import -> Messages
  • Choose Eudora client and go to Next.
  • Locate the imported file in Eudora file by considering the path given in Module 2.
  • OK it. Go to Next and again Next.
  • Click on Finish button. Imported file in Outlook Express is stored in Local Folders. Check it.

Microsoft Outlook can import Outlook Express (DBX) files by importing DBX file in Outlook with all account settings, address book, messages and rules.

Module 4 –
  • Finally in Microsoft Outlook, select one after another step-by-step
    File menu
    Import and Export wizard will open up -> Next
    Choose Import Internet Mail and Addresses from the list -> Next
    Choose Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x or Windows Mail (select Import Mail and Import Address check box) -> Next
  • Once the process gets over, a message box will appear asking for the option to save – “Save in Inbox” and “OK”. Selecting Save in Inbox will make a new file in Inbox folder and simply clicking OK will save in Outlook Today (Personal Folders).

You may find this above process very much complicated and time consuming. To execute this above process, you need to run more than two applications. It is quite confusing process and only technical users can execute it in similar manner. You have to use other email client because importing MBOX files directly into Outlook are not possible.


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