If you use various email clients or email service and want to backup all your mails along with the attachments, it can be quite difficult. But thanks to MailStore Home, backup is only a click away. It is a free tool that can backup popular desktop email clients and web email services such as, MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla SeaMonkey, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, GMail, and others(through IMAP or POP3 should be supported by that email service provider).
It has a build-in algorithm that prevents duplicate emails or attachments to be archived, it makes sure that out of two or more copies, only one(original) copy is backed up. If your email client is not supported, you can still backup the emails by importing any one of the following email files – EML, PST, or MBOX.
When started for the first time, define the directory where you would like to save the backup archived emails(make sure you have enough storage on that drive), and click OK. You will then be presented with the main window, where you can either archive the emails, search for emails(this is quite a useful feature), or burn backup to CD/DVD.
Here is the how the Archive Email window looks like. Notice that before I archive GMail Mail it asks me to enable IMAP in GMail before continuing. You can import emails from any email service provider provided that they support either IMAP or POP3.
The advance build-in search allows you to search not only for emails, but also for attachments. You can search by subject, sender, message body, or attachment contents.
This software is now new and has been covered extensively by almost every blog. But what everyone has missed is that the latest version adds two new features – You can filter archive by email date(only e-mail before a specific date) and now you can export emails to Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla SeaMonkey too.
Overall it is quite an interesting software that helps secure all your emails from different services and email clients in one place. There is no storage limitation and you can store as many emails as you want(provided you have enough hard disk space).
It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Enjoy!