Somehow, when reinstalling Firefox 3 after a weird error this morning, the colleague in charge of Tech Support for our dept managed to make my Thunderbird email folder disappear.
Here’s the symptoms:
My inbox no longer recognised my current profile, prompting it to request for a new account. The inbox is empty and it looked like a default config. HOWEVER, my old profile was still around, and looking at the mail inbox size of 1 gig, I knew that my emails were there.
Note that this works only if you have one profile name:
a. Make sure Thunderbird is closed.
1. Click on Start > Run > %APPDATA% or open My Computer > C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USERNAME HERE > Application Data > Thunderbird
2. Open Profiles. The folder you want to keep an eye out is named [gibberish].default . Take note of the name (mine was ic5ghksomethingsomething.default)
3. Go back to the main Thunderbird in your Application Data Folder and double click on the profiles.ini file (note: it’s best to copy the file to desktop before you do anything to the file in your Application data folder)
4. When profiles.ini opens, change:
6. Restart Thunderbird
I hope this works for you! It was a mix and match of various sources on the Net.