Opera Mail can't find stored messages

  • Windows 7 system. When I launched Opera Mail today I was able to send and receive emails as usual, but all the emails in my Inbox (Unread or Received) had vanished - there were about 40 listed yesterday. Also all Sent emails. And all older emails linked to Contacts. Rebooted system - same. Un-installed program and re-installed it from new download - same. All the emails since 2011 seem to be on harddisk in folder "store" [88.6MB, 299 folders]. Tried importing them but only a few older emails arrived, not the 2015 emails I need. When I try again importing from Users\ . . \AppData\Local\Opera Mail\Opera Mail\mail\accounts.ini I get a New Account Wizard which tells me:
    "The following File appears to be in use by another application
    . . .\mail\omailbase.dat
    To retry close the application that uses that file"
    I have launched no other application (though one may be running launched by Windows).
    What can I do to read my recent files, including in another program if I can't retreive them in Opera Mail - thanks!

  • Close down Opera.

    Rename the mail folder.

    Start Opera and set up all your accounts.

    For each pop account, goto "Menu -> settings -> import and export -> import mail -> import generic mbox -> add folder" and point it to the store/accountN folder (where N is the number for the account as seen in accounts.ini) in the old mail folder. In the import dialog, choose the correct account to import into.

    When you're all done, if you get any duplicates (because you imported some messages that are still on the server), delete the imported copies of those messages and keep the newly-fetched unread ones.

    For any messages that are no longer on the server and are not in the old mail/store folder, they're gone unless you have a backup.

  • I have been unable to store any Opera emails in a format that can be retrieved, which is a bit of a disaster because I use it for business purposes. So I am now printing them all. Neither the '.MBS', 'generic .mb' or 'all files .' format work. When I click on supposedly saved files I am taken to a blank Opera screen saying 'no file selected' or words to that effect. How do I 'save' or 'save as' an email in a format that can be read by Opera and/or copied to my business colleagues who are using other email software ?

  • Burnout - many thanks for your fast reply. It worked perfectly and I retrieved all my current emails that had been in my Inbox.

  • I have been unable to store any Opera emails in a format that can be retrieved, which is a bit of a disaster because I use it for business purposes. So I am now printing them all. Neither the '.MBS', 'generic .mb' or 'all files .' format work. When I click on supposedly saved files I am taken to a blank Opera screen saying 'no file selected' or words to that effect. How do I 'save' or 'save as' an email in a format that can be read by Opera and/or copied to my business colleagues who are using other email software ?

    How to Export Messages in Opera.

    When you save a single message as an mbs file, edit it with a text edit and remove the first line (the "From ") line. Then, change the file's extension to .eml and you'll have an email file that other programs can use. But, for Thunderbird, there's an import/export tools extension that supports importing mbs files.

    In Opera Mail that's in Opera 12.x, you can goto "alt + p -> advanced -> downloads" and edit the message/rfc822 mime type and add the eml extension to it. Then, when you compose a message and attach an eml file to it, users of other mail clients will receive it in a way where they'll be able to open it up and save it etc. To do the same thing in Opera Mail, you'll need to have the handlers.ini file that Opera 12.x has (after you modify the message/rfc822 type and close Opera) that Opera 12.x has in its preferences directory and have the protocol version sections in operaprefs.ini in Opera Mail's operaprefs.ini.

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