The ImportExport plugin for Thunderbird only imports one mbox file at a time, even if you tell it to import all folders and subfolders. Since I had a few dozen folders and subfolders of email going back to 1999 this took awhile. Still have to fix some names and tweak the organization of the folders a bit.
iTunes ported over almost painlessly. Copied the contents of the Music folder from the Mac to the USB drive, then from there to the Music drive on the Windows box. Installed iTunes and when it started all the music and playlists were there. Since I kept the videos on an external drive those links are all broken. Since that drive is Thunderbolt, and I can't get Windows to see it yet, I haven't been able to fix that issue.
Calibre: Exported (on Mac) the data per the instructions in the faq, imported on Windows per the same instructions, everything is there.
All other documents: Stuff written in Pages and Numbers, exported to Word and Excel respectively, opened in LibreOffice without trouble. Need to unix2dos the other text files.
Using the 1TB SSD for all the My Documents type stuff, and also the temp folders. I'd rather the less expensive SSD get thrashed with lots of writes than the expensive, and smaller, m.2 drive I have the OS and programs on. Also it should be faster, and easier to back up. Or maybe this is a holdover from my Linux days when I put /, /bin, and /sbin on one drive, and everything else on another.
To move temp/tmp:
Open Explorer, right click on "This PC", click "Advanced System Settings", then "Environment variables". Create the new temp folder(s) on the new drive before setting the variables.
Thunderbird's user profile tells it where all the data is stored rather than putting it in "Documents" by default. So while just telling the OS where Documents is works for most programs, in Thunderbird you have to edit profiles.ini, which is arguably correct. I hand-edited it in Notepad.
Next/remaining steps: Reformat one of the external drives to a Windows friendly format so I can use it for backups and get a good backup plan and software working. Figure out why Thunderbolt isn't working, or at least not with the drives I have. See if my VMWare license is portable to Windows and fire up the Linux VMs I have. Erase the hard drive on the Mac Mini and see if anyone wants a 5 year old Mac.
In other topics, December is here and the riding season is almost done. If I can get 5 or 6 more days of decent weather I can get to 4500 miles for the year. We're maybe getting snow Friday next week. If I come up <100 miles short of 4500 I will, I dunno, get desperate enough to grab a few miles here and there hoping to make it. Either way, time to eliminate milkshakes and other high sugar/high fat desserts in hopes of keeping the Dreaded Winter Weight Gain tolerably low.
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