Windows Live Mail 2011 is one of the few mail clients that stores mail in MailDir format, and yes that’s a good thing because if one mail corrupts itself for whatever reason, it doesn’t affect your other emails (whereas with mbox it can).
If you want to backup all the mail that’s in WLMail 2011, where are the locally cached emails? They do exist and you can locate them if you know where to get the info.
The video below shows exactly how to find the “store folder” for all your mail in WLMail 2011. From there you can set up a periodic (meaning nightly, weekly, monthly, etc.) backup using your backup software of choice.
This is especially good info for those of you using POP accounts in WLMail 2011, because even though “leave copy on server” leaves inbox copies on the mail server, it doesn’t account for the Sent Items folder at all as all of that is local to your computer.
See video below for details.
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