How do I change Thunderbird default folder to another disc.

Asked by DonS on 2012-06-06

I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I have to work in both OS's and would like to be able to use Thunderbird on both installations but going to one profile folder. The profile folder I want to access is on the Win 7 system which is on a second hard disc. I tried to put in the path to the files on that drive in the .thunderbird/profile.ini on my Ubuntu system but it seems to ignore it. Any suggestions?

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If you make a symlink from the files in the Ubuntu OS to the WIndows one it should work (The NTFS will need to be mounted before Thunderbird is ran). The OS will think the data is in the same place but the actual storage of mails etc will be on the NTFS

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #2

Oh, the disk I wish to have the profile on is referred to on the Ubuntu system as:
Location = Media
Name = 3E76F35C76F312FF

when I mouse over it in the Home window it shows - /media/3E76F35C76F312FF
and it is referred to as -
volume = 1.0 TB Filesystem

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #3

>>> If you make a symlink from the files in the Ubuntu OS to the WIndows one it should work

That is what I was trying to do but was not sure how to make a symlink

The NTFS file system is always automatically mounted as soon as I boot up Ubuntu

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #4

Here is my profile.ini file

[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=tyl2ztwv.default

I thought by changing the path that it would work but it did not.

ok if you dig into the application data folder in Windows for your user you will find the thunderbird config folder (I suggest you back this up before proceeding). You can then configure thunderbird in offline mode to recreate similar data sets and you can compare, they should be remarkably similar. The profile name will be some random characters and this is ok to ignore. If you symlink that folder it should be ok (removing the one you made in offline mode first).

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #6

That still does not answer my question "How do I make a symlink". I have moved the files back and forth between my Windows 7 desktop to the Windows 7 laprop and to the Ubuntu system and it always worked just fine. What I was hoping to accomplish is that I would not have to copy the files back and forth between my desktop installations (Windows and Ubuntu). The only time I wanted to copy the files would be if I wanted them on the laptop for out of town email access.

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #7

Well I searched on Google and found the complete guide on how to make a symlink
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/

Thanks, I will try and muddle trugh it.

DonS (ubuntu-donlinservices) said : #8

Well I searched on Google and found the complete guide on how to make a symlink
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/

Thanks, I will try and muddle trugh it.