Help with migrating email

Hi. My email and website is hosted at Dreamhost, but on a friend’s server. He told me that he will unlock my DNS record and “change the MX records for the domain to point to wherever you migrate”, but I need help moving the messages & inbox. Unfortunately we had a falling out, and he won’t inform me how to do this.

I don’t know what steps I would need to take to move my inbox and messages. I assume I have to purchase an account with Dreamhost, and then migrate.

Can someone please help me figure out how to migrate my email messages/inbox from a friend’s Dreamhost server/account to my own?



Assuming you want to keep the same domain, you need his permission to move the domain from his account to your own.

If you are using a different domain name - can’t you just use pop to download all your mail and save it, then start using your new domain name?

Hi theMezz,

I’m going to keep the domain name, and I could get his permission to move the domain from his account to my own.

I’m trying to figure out a way to move the inbox+messages instead of simply downloading the mail locally. In other words, when I click into my email, which will now be hosted under my own Dreamhost account, I would like my old messages to show up.

My friend says he will not help me with “mailbox migration”. He said: “I will unlock your DNS record on 3/23 (or a closer date if you’d like) and change the MX records for the domain to point wherever you migrate, but I’m not moving messages+inboxes.”

Do your or anyone else know how to migrate messages+inboxes?

To download your emails from the existing server, look for options here:

I dunno about uploading back to Dreamhost. You might need to maintain your archive separately from a new email server. Given that history is usually full of thousands of old and unnecessary items, this could be a great opportunity to get a fresh start.

Hi Starbuck,

I did go ahead and download via IMAP using Thunderbird. So I have the offline backup. It’s just that I believe there is a process to migrate the existing inbox over to a new domain, but I don’t know how to do it.

So now… Google for Upload IMAP?

Technically speaking, uploading old inbox to a new account can be done with IMAP? (examples I found with Google: AND If that’s the case, then I should be able to go that route…

Thanks for feedback btw.

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