MBOX to PST Converter

How to import your MBOX files into Outlook – easily and error-free

Converting from another email client to Outlook should be easy, right? Especially if it uses the MBOX format, one of the most common mailbox formats on the market.

But the sad truth is, if you’re trying to…

  • convert MBOX to PST (or PST to MBOX)
  • export Thunderbird to Outlook
  • transfer Apple Mail or Mozilla mail to Outlook

… Outlook’s importer isn’t an option. (It doesn’t support MBOX files at all.) You need a quality MBOX-to-PST converter that’s fast, easy to use and accurate.

In a moment, we’re going to tell you about a conversion tool that’s perfect for your needs. It’s an affordable tool that was designed specifically for this type of email conversion challenge. Most people agree that it’s a huge time saver, but in the interest of fairness, we’d also like to tell you about a free method for getting your conversion done.

The free method is great if money is tight. The other is better if you value your time and accurate results. Keep reading to know which is best for you.

A free option for converting MBOX files to PST

This method requires four programs: our free Converter Light, Windows Explorer, Windows Live Mail (WLM) and Office Outlook.

Start by installing Aid4Mail 5 and Windows Live Mail if you haven’t already got them on your computer. You’ll need to download Windows Essentials to install WLM.

First, convert your MBOX files to EML with Aid4Mail Converter Light.
  1. Open Aid4Mail 5 and select Converter Light under Free Edition.
  2. Select MBOX files from the Source format drop-down list.
  3. Next add your MBOX files to the list by clicking on Select and then either Folder or File.
  4. Select EML files as your Target format.
  5. Next select the Target location for the EML files using Select.
  6. Confirm or change the Folder structure and File name options.
  7. If you have multiple MBOX files in the source location, use the Folder section option under Filter to select only the MBOX files you want to process.
  8. Once all your settings are correct, click on Run to convert your MBOX files to EML files.
  9. After the conversion is complete, close Aid4Mail 5.
Then follow this 14-step procedure for converting EML files to PST. (This is based on Windows Live Mail 2012. Other versions may differ slightly.)
  1. Open the Windows Live Mail program.
  2. Select the Folders tab and click on the New folder icon to open the Create Folder dialog box. Type a folder name, select the folder in which it should be created, then click OK.
  3. If you have multiple folders with EML files, repeat step 2 until you’ve recreated the folder structure of your source EML messages.
  4. Select the target folder for your EML files in Windows Live Mail.
  5. Select your EML files in Windows Explorer and then drag-and-drop them into the email list panel in Windows Live Mail.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for every matching source folder containing your EML files.
  7. When you’re done, the contents of your target folders will match those of your source folders.
  8. Now click on the dark blue tab with the “down” icon in Windows Live Mail.
  9. Point to Export email in the drop-down menu, and then click Email messages.
  10. In the Windows Live Mail Export wizard, click Microsoft Exchange and then click Next.
  11. Click OK when you see this message:
    “This will export messages from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange”.
  12. Choose your target profile name in the Choose Profile dialog box, and then click OK.
  13. Click All folders to import all your messages, and then click OK. Or, click Selected folders, choose the folders that you want to export, and then click OK.
  14. Click Finish when the Export Complete screen appears.

Be aware, there is a risk of email data loss with this free method. Hopefully, everything will work out and you’ll see your mailbox folders and messages under Imported Folder in Office Outlook. But that’s not usually the case.

Why the free method isn’t your best bet

Unfortunately, when it comes to email conversion tools, you get what you pay for. “Free” may sound attractive, but there are significant drawbacks.

  • Broken images. After migration, photos, graphics and other images inserted in your messages now show up as broken pictures in Outlook. They aren’t visible in the body of your emails.
  • Loss of SMTP headers. Using the free method, your emails will lose their original email SMTP headers (the top part of the email, where email addresses, subject and time stamps, and encoding marks are located). If you value the integrity of your messages, especially if you work in the field of computer forensics, this is a serious problem.
  • Time consuming. If you have many accounts to migrate, transferring your emails manually will take a lot of time and energy.

While “free” may initially appear to be a cost savings, when you factor in the hours it takes to migrate your emails—and the low-quality outcome—you may actually save money using a competitively priced commercial tool.

Let us tell you about a simple solution that saves both time and money. Read on…

How to convert from MBOX to PST – the easier way

For quick and easy email conversions that don’t sacrifice quality, there’s only one tool you should consider: Aid4Mail.

Here’s how it works:
  1. Open the user-friendly interface.
  2. Select EML files as your source and PST file as your target.
  3. Press Run.

That’s it!

Instead of 14 complicated steps, you have only three simple ones. And you’ll love the results:

  • No data is lost in conversion.
  • It automatically restores your mailbox folder tree in Outlook without any manual intervention.
  • It correctly transfers the status information of your emails (like unread, replied, forwarded, and flagged) to Outlook.

We’ve made the entire process as streamlined as possible. Aid4Mail provides context-sensitive help (in addition to a well-documented user manual), so it’s easy to learn—even for first-time users. There’s no need for Aid4Mail Converter Light, Windows Explorer or Windows Live Mail.

Note that Aid4Mail can run multiple conversions simultaneously in the GUI and we also offer a special command-line edition if you need to migrate a large number of user accounts (see our email migration page).

Flexible licensing options

Aid4Mail licenses allow you to process an unlimited number of mail accounts and files, whether in-house or external. You can purchase a one-year license, or three years at a reduced price. During the license validity period, you benefit from free software updates and our legendary customer support.

On purchasing a license, you will receive an activation code that gets you up and running with Aid4Mail within minutes of making your payment. Once activated, trial mode is turned off and your license becomes tied to your computer and Windows login account. See our EULA for details on how this works.

If you need to run Aid4Mail on a computer that doesn’t allow Internet access, simply contact us for an offline activation code. There is no charge for this option but it offers less flexibility than online activation.

We also offer licensing options for running Aid4Mail in a virtual environment. Pricing is determined by the number of concurrent users plus the total number of users and installations. Contact us for a quote.

If you’re ready to buy an Aid4Mail license, visit our Pricing page for pricing details and links to our online store.

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Created by email conversion specialists

We have been developing software since 1990. Our first email tool was launched in 1999 and Aid4Mail followed in 2005. So our experience in processing email data spans over two decades.

All core functionality in Aid4Mail is developed in-house. This means that key features are tightly integrated and optimized for speed. We are in full control of our code, including major components like email parsing and conversion, the filtering engine and its search syntax, MAPI access to Outlook accounts, and even the IMAP protocol used to connect with services like Yahoo! Mail and AOL.

Important clients around the world are relying on our software. These include the US government and law enforcement agencies, top law firms, national libraries, prestigious universities, major banks, and international NGOs. Currently half of the Fortune 50 companies are Aid4Mail clients and the numbers keep growing.

Here’s what a few of our satisfied users have had to say:

I hated to spend money to get mail from one program to another, but I know I would have pulled my hair out without your program.
Richard W. (USA)
I work for a lawfirm and we used your product to convert a MBOX file to PST. This software worked brilliantly, it even fixed corruption that existed when we attempted to do it manually or with other software. Thank you for that.
Gregory Kerr (USA)
We work with over 1TB [one terabyte] of email per month and your Aid4Mail product has shown to be an integral part of our toolset for dealing with these volumes of email.
Jason Rappoport (USA)

Try it out for free-no strings attached

There’s lots more in Aid4Mail Converter, and the best way to discover its capabilities is to try it out. We offer a free trial version with no time limit, no forms to fill-in and no obligations. Simply visit our Downloads page to get your copy now.

And if you would like to see a detailed feature comparison between the three Aid4Mail editions, check our Aid4Mail 5 feature comparison table in PDF format.

About Fookes Software

Fookes Software Ltd
La Petite Fin 27
1637 Charmey (en Gruyère)

For over 25 years we have been developing award-winning tools and productivity software. We also have more than 20 years of expertise in the field of email processing and analysis.

Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, law firms, universities, and professionals specializing in e-discovery and forensics from around the world.

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