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Backup Windows Live Mail to External Hard Drive- Complete Process

User Query [Michael Campbell]

I am an email marketer of my company and I used to managed all the emails in Windows Live Mail. And in recent time some members of my team lost their emails due to virus attack. And I don’t want to face the same situation. Can you tell me the quick way to backup Windows Live Mail to external hard drive.

Are you also one of the users who want to take backup Windows Live Mail? I know your answer will be yes. That’s the reason I decided to write such an article which explained the ways by which you can make backup of Windows live mail.

In this article, you are going to learn about the situation that demands the users to take windows Live mail backup. Afterward, we’ll provide both the free and paid methods for saving windows live mail emails with their pros and cons.

Why User Need to Take Windows Live Mail Backup File?

As everybody knows every email client has some specific amount of limit to store the database. And when this limit exceeds then the data starts saving on the local machine of the user.

And the data which is saved on the user’s machine can get damaged due to various reasons. Hence to be careful from these errors to avoid any email loss we listed the errors.

  • Entry of suspicious virus.
  • Failures in the hard disk.
  • Deletion of the data by mistake.
  • Erasing of system files.
  • Corruption of the files.

Some of the above situations can lead to data loss forever. But the good part is if you already take the backup of emails you don’t need to worry.

And there are various methods by which you can take the windows live mail backup but the secured one is using SysInspire EML Converter. Let’s know the process.

Manual Process to Backup Windows Live Mail to External Hard Drive

Note:- First create an empty folder at the location where you prefer to backup WLM emails.

  • Start the Windows Live Mail application and login with the account whose emails you want to backup.
  • Tap on Windows Live Mail logo and select export email option and click on Email Messages.
  • Under Window live mail export windows choose the folder where you want to transfer emails as an backup. Tap the next button to move forward.
  • Here you can choose the email folders you can also select all folder and tap next.
  • The process take some time to complete and when it gets complete click on finish.

You can follow the above steps for backing up windows mail emails. But the resultant file that you’ll get from this process is only in EML format.

If you want to access your backup file in other email clients then you don’t have left any options. So to overcome this problem here is another solution.

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Automated Solution- Windows Live Mail Backup Software

It is seen that most users get stuck at some stage while using the manual method because it is very long and complicated. And has high chances of human error.

The only best practice to take Windows Live mail emails backup is to convert the EML file into a format according to user need. By doing the conversion of the EML file you can access this file on multiple other email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes, and many more.

Because if you want to access the backup copy of all your emails but the email clients is not supporting the file. Then you can go for the other platform. And the tool that helps you to perform EML file conversion is EML Converter by SysInspire.

Converting EML file into Multiple formats with the Tool [For Backup]

  • Install and start the software on the machine.
  • Select the EML folder where all the emails are located by tapping on Select EML folder button.
Select EML file
  • The tool scans the file and load all the emails stored in it.
Backup Windows Live Mail from preview option
  • Choose the required emails and tap convert EML button.
  • Now you can choose any conversion format according to you comfort and hit the convert button.
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So these are the steps by following them you can easily backup Windows Live Mail to external hard drive.


Here we have described both the manual and automated methods so you can make backup of windows live mail. In the automated solution, we have converted the EML file into the desired format by the users. So they can their backup copy on various other platforms too. You can also try the EML Converter software by using its free demo version.

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