In today’s world, users are made available with plenty of email clients which are being chosen by them depending on their needs. These email clients provides various other features like scheduler, instant messaging, notes etc apart from the basic professional handling of emails. Now these email clients uses different file formats to save their emails. One such file format which we are going to discuss in detail here is MBOX file format.
Glance at MBOX file format
MBOX is the file format which is used for storing and organizing emails by various Mozilla based email clients like Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Spicebird, Entourage, Eudora, Pocomail etc. In this 7 bit ASCII text file format where attachments and other things are stored in encoded format, all email messages are stored in plain rich text format in concatenated form one after another. Beginning of each email message is indicated with ‘FROM’ followed by a white space character. One blank line is appended at the end to indicate the ending a particular email message.
Default location of MBOX file is “C:\User\Library\Mail\Mailboxes\Directory”. But depending on the client this location may differ.
With the technological advancement, now we are available with four modified formats of MBOX file format which are explained below in brief:
- MBOXO file format: This file format is supported by Eudora. In it, the messages are not kept intact as attachments of the messages are separated and are kept as individual files in separate folder. Here in place of sender’s email address, a constant string “???@???” is used.
- MBOXRD file format: Qmail, Thunderbird, Netscape are some of the email clients which support MBOXRD file format which indicates the beginning of message with ‘From’ string either in the header or the body of the message.
- MBOXCL file format: In this file format content-length: header is used to locate the starting of message instead of ‘From’ line. It is being done so as email message is transformed before appending and Content-length denotes the length of the message that is in octets.
- MBOXCL2 file format: It is the same file format as that of MBOXCL as it also uses Content-length to indicate the start of the message with only difference that it does not transform the email message before storing.
Both MBOXCL and MBOXCL2 file format are used by Unix ‘System V’ mailboxes.
With the availability of various email clients, migration from one email client to another is quite obvious. Migrating to MS Outlook is the most preferred choice among users owing to distinctive features and wide-spread support of it around the world. There could also be some personal or professional reasons responsible for this migration which varies individual to individual.
Coming back to this migration from any MBOX supported email client to MS Outlook, it could not be performed directly by using ‘Import and Export’ wizard since MS Outlook supports completely different file format i.e. PST (Personalized Storage Table) format which stores the messages in tabular format. Hence, you need to employ a third-party professional tool in order to accomplish this task of conversion of MBOX format.
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