Drawbacks of Manual MBOX to PST Conversion and Migration


Various users do not know the drawbacks of MBOX to PST conversion but are always ready to use this method. In this post, I am going to take you deep down so that you will know what the reason behind it is.

If you are going to do MBOX to PST conversion then this post will explain the manual method in full and also share a tool which does the migration in easy steps without any difficulty.

Free or Manual Method of MBOX to Outlook PST Conversion

The manual method of converting any email client based on Mbox is used. Generally, data is transformed using manual method in three ways.

First Manual method of MBOX to PST Conversion

If you follow this method, you will need an internet connection, an online email service such as Gmail and Outlook and Mbox based email client (with mailbox).

  • First of all, enable an IMAP protocol in Gmail and configure Gmail account into Mbox email client.
  • Once account is setup, create a folder inside the account then drag and drop all emails in it.
  • The emails automatically sync to Gmail account that you can open and read it as well.
  • Now open Microsoft Outlook and setup an account with Gmail IMAP protocol.
  • It will give you complete mailbox form MBOX-based email client.

Drawbacks in First Manual way

  • You need a permanent connection
  • Large mailbox migration takes one or two days
  • Both Email clients installations are required
  • Corrupted mailbox cannot export
  • Un-structure folders

Second Manual Method of MBOX to Outlook Migration

In this method, you need to install and configure Eudora email client in same system in which Microsoft Outlook is installed. After that follow the below steps:

  • Copy MBOX file and Paste it in Eudora default location.
  • Change the file extension like: abs.mbox == abs.mbx
  • Open Microsoft Outlook and open “import-export” tool
  • Select “import internet mail and addresses” then next.
  • Select “Eudora 2x, 3x, and 4x (pro and light)” in the box >> Next
  • Browse the location of Eudora then select MBOX that you have converted in .mbx then Next.
  • Choose the folder in which you want to import MBOX file then hit on Finish.

Drawbacks in Second Method

  • Eudora installation and configuration is required.
  • Latest version of MS Outlook does not support it.
  • Cannot convert large MBOX file to Outlook
  • Never maintain the similar folder structure in Outlook.

Third Manual Method for MBOX to Outlook PST

Here you have to convert MBOX to EML somehow then import it to Outlook express. After that you can migrate that mailbox into Outlook using Export messages option through Outlook Express.

Drawbacks in Third-Method

  • Outlook Express is required.
  • Un-structure folders.
  • Broken images and lost attachments.
  • Need a method to export MBOX to EML free or third-party tool

How to directly import MBOX file to Outlook PST format at once?

When you understand that you can’t convert MBOX to PST manually then you should choose professional solution like MailsDaddy MBOX to PST Converter tool.

This single GUI tool is the most precise and directly export MBOX to PST in absence of Microsoft Outlook and other email client. You just need MBOX file and this solution to move mailbox.

Steps to transfer mailbox to Outlook

  • Download, install, and run the program in Windows OS.
  • Click on Add file button to load MBOX then press Export button for batch migration.
  • Choose PST file format with single or separate PST file for all MBOX then hit on Export.
  • Save the location of converted MBOX then hit on Next to start migration.

The free demo edition of the software allows a user to move up to 20 emails from each folder.


I have provided the information of MBOX to PST conversion along with the drawback affecting your mailbox. To do a hassle-free migration, professional tools are always the right choice. However with few MB of data, you should not think twice before using it manually. If you want to know more about the solution then you can visit the MailsDaddy official site.