Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have my school email (Zimbra) which I access through IMAP server on Outlook 2010.

I am graduating from my school soon and then my school will shut down the service. I am looking for a way to backup my email on my computer and I also want a copy to be available as long as they provide me the service.

I read an article which says using auto-archive will delete the mails on the server. Someone else said use offline mode, and I am not sure how it works.

Can anyone suggest me a nice way for incremental backup of my email on my computer while leaving a copy on the server itself?

share|improve this question

migrated from Aug 26 '12 at 15:45

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

Can you access your school's email through POP3 and simply download all the files then upload them to say a Google Mail account through the protical. If you want just create a local archive file and COPY AND PASTE the emails into the new "local" archive. Of course I would simply download all the files before the account is closed. – Ramhound Aug 16 '12 at 12:24
I thought about that. Accessing through POP3 is an option if I don't find anything at all. Or I can forward my mails to GMAIL. – Pankaj Parag Aug 16 '12 at 12:28

I would recommend that since you have IMAP available - download thunderbird and configure it for IMAP.

When you have done this, install this addon which allows you to export a thunderbird mailbox into various formats. This should give you what you need.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.