gt; You'll probably find most helpful people on this list are sysadmins and
Yeah, what he said. When you're an employee you have NO legal expectations
of privacy when using their equipment, on their time, at their facilities,
etc. If you don't want them knowing... then don't open the door.
That said, thunderbird stores it's data for your mail in the folder:
Your folder names might be different that 'default\52bmvoen.slt' as that's
unique to my setup of the profile. But it'll be in essentially the same
place. Go look.
The locations of where these files reside is controlled in the file prefs.js
in that same folder. As in:
user_pref("mail.root.imap", "C:\\Documents and
Then there's also a prefs entry for each account it knows about as a
numbered 'serverX' set of preferences:
user_pref("mail.server.server1.directory", "C:\\Documents and
It would, in theory, be possible to change the location that prefs.js uses
for an account. If you have some local folder on your machine that you KNOW
isn't backed up then you could use that.
I'd caution you *against* using a flash drive for this purpose as those do
have read/write limits. If you can, get a microdrive or some other
non-flash storage drive and use that instead. Mail is very read/write
intensive and you'll wear out a flash drive trying to use it for mail.
Perhaps not right away but a lot sooner than their intended lifespan.
If I were in that situation I'd get a PCMCIA microdrive (basically a compact
flash microdrive in a PCMCIA carrier) and use it for all my personal files.
Just make sure it's not plugged in when any sort of network backup execution
occurs and you should be reasonably safe. They make them in increments up
to 5gb in size.
To do this you'd quit Thunderbird, create the new folders on the microdrive,
move the current files into the new folders on the microdrive and then
change prefs.js to point to the new locations. You'll have to make the
necessary folders and subfolders. If I were doing it, and my microdrive was
on F:, I'd use something like this for only the mail servers I don't keep on
the company's drives:
That way any legitimate accounts you're using ARE backed up properly and
only your personal ones are kept on the other drive. Changing
mail.root.imap is probably NOT what you want. Only change the
mail.server.serverX.directory value for that account (and make sure you move
the files into that location).
But bear in mind that your profile probably resides on a network share and
that's the place that all programs usually store their default settings. So
while your data might be on the microdrive the setup information might still
be on the profile. If you screw up at work and they're looking for reasons
to fire your ass that would be one way to 'catch' you.
It is possible to reconfigure thunderbird to start with ALL of it's
preferences on the microdrive. Then you could selectively change the work
account info to use the network drive. Be careful of this b