Aid4Mail is the best Maildir to PST converter software on the market. Compared to competing tools:
- Aid4Mail is faster.
- More accurate with no data loss.
- Offers more control over the conversion process.
If you don’t have Aid4Mail yet, you can use the free trial version or purchase a low-cost 2-week Aid4Mail Converter license.
Aid4Mail can convert your mail to a PST file with or without Microsoft Outlook installed. However, you will get better performance when Outlook is present and email status information (unread, read, replied, flagged, …) will be preserved. Aid4Mail can also faithfully restore your folder structure.
Please follow the steps below to batch convert Maildir files to PST with Aid4Mail. For any setting that’s not specifically mentioned, you can either use the default (preset) value or consult the Aid4Mail 5 User Guide for details. You can open it from Aid4Mail by pressing the F1 key.
Step 1: Open Aid4Mail’s settings
- In Aid4Mail, select the Settings tab.
- Update the Session name so it describes the task at hand. In this example, we will be converting John Doe’s maildir files to PST so we’ve entered John Doe Maildir to PST as the session name.
- Below the session name there are three sections: Source, Target and Filter. Each can be displayed or hidden by selecting the +/- symbol next to the section heading. This tutorial requires them all to be displayed.
Step 2: Set Maildir as your source
- In the Format list, select Maildir.
- Specify the Location of your maildir files. You can write it directly in the field or use the Select button to browse your file system.
- Choose whether to Remove journaling envelope if your email files are journaled.
Step 3: Set a PST file as your target
- In the Format list, select PST file.
- Choose whether to Process using Outlook. This means using Outlook’s internal engine (MAPI) to create the PST file. Using Outlook’s engine is faster but requires Outlook to be installed on the same computer as Aid4Mail. If you don’t have Outlook installed, keep this option off.
- Specify where you want your PST file to be saved. You can write directly in the field or use the Select button to browse your file system. You can also set a Password to protect the file.
- Optionally, set a folder Location in PST file. This is a folder inside the PST file where your converted mail will be saved. In our example, we have set a folder called Converted mail. This folder doesn’t exist yet but Aid4Mail will create it.
- Select an option for the Folder structure of the exported mail. Usually you’ll want to keep it the same as the original, so choose Same as source folder structure.
- Decide whether to Limit PST file size. In our example, we’ve set it to 50GB which is the maximum file size allowed by Outlook by default. Once the file has reached its limit, newly converted emails will overflow into a second PST file. And when that one’s full then into a third PST file, and so on.
- If you want to add to an existing PST file, choose Append messages to target file if it already exists.
- Add extra metadata to email headers when your chosen target format or settings would otherwise result in data loss. For example, if the target format doesn’t support some of the source format’s header fields. Or if the original folder structure would be lost due to your settings. With this option, the data is not lost but instead added to the email headers.
Step 4: Set your filter (optional)
- Under Folder filtering, pick Folder selection. Your maildir folder structure will appear in the box below.
- Select the folders you want Aid4Mail to process. The others will be skipped.
Step 5: Run your Maildir to PST conversion
Select the Run button or Session > Run from the menu. Aid4Mail will convert your chosen maildir files to PST. It will automatically open the Progress tab so you can monitor what’s going on. Once finished, you will find full reports in the Progress log and, if relevant, the Error log.
Step 6: Open the PST file in Outlook
You can do this by selecting File > Open > Outlook Data File from Outlook’s main menu (older versions of Outlook may use different menu names).
We hope you found this tutorial helpful.
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