Backup online AOL filing cabinet folders to PC

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Hi. I'd like to back up my the Personal Filing Cabinet (folders) in my online AOL to my PC. Help would be greatly appreciated.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Don't worry about the "folders", or the "Personal Filing Cabinet".

Discover and download the individual files. Or whatever type.
Save them to elsewhere.
 
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Unfortunately, I have 565 folders containing 7,817 files. The individual method would take years. Another opportunity would be preferred.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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1 "folder" every 30 minutes.
Might only take a couple of weeks.

I doubt there is any packaged solution to extract all your stuff from AOL into something relevant for this decade.
 
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Thanks for taking time to respond. I was just hoping. After copying the numbers to a spreadsheet, I learned that I actually have 387 folders and 14,812 files. Your idea would work fine - except - I can't send the "folders," only the individual files. Therefore, if I could export one/minute non-stop, I'd finish in 10.3 days. ;0)
I guess I'll just have to go thru the folders one at a time and read EACH e-mail and only keep the ones I actually need.
Again, thanks for your consideration and THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE to America!
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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You're very welcome...:)

Yeah, it sucks having to go through a LOT of stuff like that.
But we all encounter that pile of junk sooner or later. Transferring from one ancient platform to a new data structure.
Been there, done that.
 
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USAFRet

Splendid
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I thought you were referring to "files". Word docs or similar.

For the AOL emails...
https://itstillworks.com/manually-back-up-personal-filing-cabinet-aol-26745.html
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/save-whole-aol-file-cabinet-64724.html


Or, you could export the whole thing to gmail.
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/import-files-aol-mail-gmail-31346.html
https://itstillworks.com/move-folders-aol-gmail-10029010.html
 
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Thanks again for your attempt to help me, but unfortunately, this doesn't provide a means to get my e-mail messages in bulk from my online AOL account to my PC. Going to g-mail is an option, but I don't use g-mail. I was really hoping to just download all the e-mails as text. Maybe I was dreamin'
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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"How to Copy AOL Internet Mail to a Desktop"
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/copy-aol-internet-mail-desktop-49654.html
 
There is no solution to copy your emails as a text, just because (in many cases) emails are more than just text, they contain photos, attachments, etc. If you want to have off-line copy, you'll need some email client which can import all these messages off AOL.

Some good email clients: Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Mail (many versions depending on what Windows version you have), Microsoft Outlook (if you have any of these). Configure the client for POP3 retrieval. If I was you, I would create first an archive on GMail. and pull all from there.
 
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