I mistakenly deleted ~4GB and 8 years of old emails using Thunderbird. They were from 2 IMAPed email accounts (one Gmail and one a private server that I (and several others) control). It's not a huge deal -- there was nothing important, but sometimes I do want to go and check something from years ago.
I had it IMAPed and locally downloading to three computers. The one I did it too, they are gone on, and it synced them up to the servers. So when I opened the other, it synced the deletion down to that too. But for the 3rd I have wised up, and not opened Thunderbird.
I have found in
what I believe to be the local copies of the emails. An MSF file and a folder for each of my accounts, each containing,
a pile of MSF files, matching each of my IMAPped folder names,
and a matching set of files without extensions.
So I want to use these, to recover my lost emails. (I've now backed them up to two separate locations in case something goes wrong)
Since I deleted the emails, I have gotten several other emails on my accounts which I also need to keep.
So my idea is that I should some how to convert the backed-up local copies of the deleted emails into a local mail account, and then copy them all back into the IMAPed accounts using Thunderbird.
Does this sound like a sensible plan?
I'm not sure how to start doing it