As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a big fan of the IMAP email protocol. As I’ve also mentioned, an advantage of POP is that that the emails are downloaded directly to your computer, so backup of these messages is pretty straightforward.
But for those of us who use IMAP, backing up our messages is still just as critical. So after many weeks of searching and testing, I came across a great freeware application for backing up your IMAP mail account, called IMAPSize.
IMAPSize allows you to easily setup multiple IMAP accounts, backup the email messages on these accounts, and most importantly — in my opinion — saves the messages in an easily accessbile format. I personally don’t like working with .PST files (created when you backup emails and data in Outlook) because you have to restore the entire .PST file to get to a single message. The way IMAPSize saves email messages allows you to very easily access individual messages to quickly view them.
You can get IMAP size for for free (it’s freeware) at: http://www.broobles.com/imapsize/index.php