I am John and I will try to help you.
Are you using both the computers now ?
Which mail service are you using in Windows mail ?Ex: Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail etc
Thanks John. I have the hard drive of my old computer connected to the new one. I am using Windows Live Mail
Hotmail inside Windows Live mail ?
Windows live Hotmail ?
Just Windows Live Mail from Windows 7
It's a mail client.
tell me the last 2 words in your mail id.
my mail service comes from comcast
There are 2 approaches we have.
One doing the back up of Old Windows live and restore it on new one.
and start setting up the account from scratch.
i can see winmail in my old program files folder on my old hard drive but i cant run it on the new computer
First we will try to set up the account in Windows Live mail.
That won't help.
We can't just copy paste the account details from old hard disk
I will give you the steps to add the account.
Hold on while get the settings.
Try the above comcast link and try to follow the instructions. I know it's for vista but it's applicable to Windows 7 too.
I actually have my email working on the new computer. the problem is, no old mail is stored on comcast's servers - it was done on my old hard drive and now i cant find where those files were so i can import them into the new profile
Is it possible to connect the old hard disk as Master [Primary] and boot so we can export the folders and restore it in new one ?
maybe if you could tell me how to do that
I don't want you to mess up the current system as it's working fine. Steps are pretty simple for Technicians. Remove the hard disks, Change the jumpers [will be written on the back side] to make a slave hard drive to master and vise versa
I will try to give you some videos so you can try of you want.
This link explains in details how to do change a Master to Slave. So use the same trick to do the reverse. http://www.dtidata.com/resourcecenter/2007/04/23/how-to-slave-hard-drive/
the technician took the hard drives out of my old computer in front of me when i bought the new one but i dont know if i want to try it myself on the brand new computer.
I won't suggest you to do it, because a small mistake can mess up the hard disk.
the old hard drive is connected via USB right now
Did you try the webmail of comcast ?
yes, but they dont save any mail once its downloaded to my account
we have years of emails in a file somewhere on the old hard drive but i just cant find them
Those mails will not be stored to be easily copied and opened somewhere due to security issues.
You can try connecting the old hard disk on any other computer
As Master with help of any technitian
and get the back up of all the data that depends on any software installed on that old hard disk.
so is a technician my only option?
Ex: Windows live, Skype chat etc
If you have another computer to play around you can definitely try connecting the old hard disk as a master.
If you can get a technician, you can connect the old hard disk [by changing the jumpers in the back] and back up the emails and other stuff removing the new hard disk.
if i exchanged hard drives in my current computer could i export the mail file to something more easily found?
Once your old Windows live is up, use the below link to export the email http://www.emailquestions.com/windows-live-mail/2487-backup-windows-live-mail-2011-a.html
Once you have that exported file, save it on the hard disk somewhere easily accessible.
open the Windows Live and Import the backed up file.
will hard drives be easily exchangeable? old drive is a toshiba MK1637GSX, new computer is an Asus
That should be fine.
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