How do I copy my AOL data to a new computer?
Posted by Swift Admin on 06 March 2006 03:26 PM
Important: If you are transferring everything to a web mailbox like Gmail or, you do not need to follow the steps below. Just run ePreserver on the old computer and it will appear automatically on the new computer.
There are four ways to transfer your AOL information to a new computer. Most people will want to use Choice #3 for simplicity.

Whichever you choose, you'll need to start with these two steps:
  • Find the Organize directory on the old computer, as described in this article:
  • Shut down AOL by going into AOL System Information and using the Close AOL button under Utilities. This must be done to "unlock" the Organize directory.

Choice #1 - Mount the old directory as a network drive

This choice is simplest if you know know how to mount network drives. Otherwise look at one of the other choices.
  1. Mount the old computers' hard drive as a network drive on the new computer. Mount the entire drive, not just the Organize directory.
  2. Run ePreserver on the new computer.
  3. Click "Show More Choices" (if it appears.)
  4. Click the Folder button.
  5. Choose the Organize directory on the network drive.

Choice #2 - Create an Outlook PST file on the old computer

If you plan to use Outlook and both the old and new computers have Outlook 2002 or later, you can install ePreserver on the old computer, run ePreserver to copy everything to Outlook, then copy the resulting PST file to the new computer and use Outlook's built-in import tool to import it on the new computer.

Choice #3 - Copy the Organize directory

This is technically the easiest to do, but attachments are not copied. You copy the AOL "Organize" directory from the old computer to the new computer, then run ePreserver on the new computer. You do not need to install AOL on the new computer. This process does not allow you to use your AOL data with AOL on the new computer.
  1. Shut down AOL first by going into AOL System Information and use the Close AOL button under Utilities in order to "unlock" the Organize directory.
  2. Copy the entire Organize directory to a CD-R, DVD-R, or USB Thumb drive.
  3. Install and run ePreserver on the new computer. (If you received the receipt on the old computer, forward it to the new computer.) If your old computer does not have Internet access, you'll need to go to this page to activate ePreserver:
  4. After ePreserver starts, click Next.
  5. Click the Show More Choices button.
  6. click the Folder button
  7. Select the Organize directory you placed on the CD-R, DVD-R, or USB Thumb drive. Do not use the File button.

For more information on why attachments aren't converted when you copy your Organize directory, see this article:

Choice #4 - Switch to Address Magic Personal PLUS

If the old computer is running Windows XP or later, there's one final possibility. Instead of ePreserver, you can run Address Magic Personal PLUS on the old computer and can create migration files that can be copied to the new computer. Use "Thunderbird" as the destination format for messages and Address Magic Backup (AMI) as the destination format for contacts.

Keywords: New computer, another computer, different computer, separate computer


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