How to Move Thunderbird Profile to New location or Drive on your PC.

This tutorial contains step by step instructions on how you can move the Thunderbird profile folder, to another location on disk or to a different drive on Windows. By default, Thunderbird stores your Emails, Account Settings, Address book and Passwords at the following location on your computer:

  • C:UsersAppDataRoamingThunderbirdProfiles.default

How to Move Thunderbird Profile to a New location

If you ‘re running out of space on your main drive C: and you own a secondary drive with enough free space, then you can move all the Thunderbird data from the current storage location (e.g. the default location), to another location or drive on your PC, by following the instructions below.

How to Move Thunderbird Emails & Address Book to Another Location on Windows 10/8/7 OS.

1. Close Thunderbird.
2. Press the Windows image_thumb8 + R keys to open the run command box.
3. Type the following command and press Enter:

  • %appdata%ThunderbirdProfiles



4. Right-click at the folder that ends with the “.default” extension (e.g. “repairwin.default”), and select Cut. *

* Note: If you can’t see a folder with the “.default” extension, then the Thunderbird profile folder is stored somewhere else on your computer. To find out where the Thunderbird profile folder is stored:

1. Open Thunderbird.
2. From the menu image, choose Help ->Troubleshooting Information.
3. At Profile Folder line, click Open folder and notice the location at explorer’s bar.

5. Navigate to the new location, where your want to move the Thunderbird data, and select Paste.

6. Now, press again the Windows image_thumb8 + R keys to open the run command box.
7. Type the following command and press Enter:

8. Right click at profiles.ini file and select Edit.

How to move thunderbird emails to new location



9a. Change the “IsRelative=1” to “IsRelative=0“.
9b. At the “Path=” line below, type the exact path of the new location. *

* For example: If you have moved the Thunderbird profile folder “repairwin.default”, inside the “My Documents” folder at drive D:, then at the path you have to type:

  • Path=D:My Documentsrepaiwin.default

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10. Save the changes and close Notepad.
11. Open Thunderbird.

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