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  1. First, collect all your emails over all the years
  2. in case of system crash, get a copy from the backup
  3. when the system is recovered, store that as a copy
  4. make regular backups of email, in different directories
  5. over the years, use different email clients and thus collect email is various formats – mbox, Outlook Express dbx, Outlook pst
  6. do not go through the mail for many years
  7. wake up one day and be horrified by the size of the email
  8. Extract mbox emails into separate files using Aid4Mail’s mobx-converter
  9. Extract pst emails into separate files using custom Java program and libpst
  10. Run a duplicate file finder to look for and delete duplicate emails