How do I save my E-Mail addresses to DVD and then reinstall to my account?

When ever I need to reconfigure, restore or refresh (etc.) my PC system I can (not) find a worthy method to save my E-Mail addresses to DVD and then reinstall them to my 'address book'. Only to DVD (in broken down fashion) and then to my personal documents or downloads, etc. How do I get them (back) to my E-Mail account 'Address Book' ?

What are you trying to save? All you should need is your Thunderbird profile.
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-tb
This will save all your account settings, messages, folders, address books, filters, extensions and add-ons etc.
Saving ''everything'' is actually easier than trying to pick out just the address book data. If you must, then you're looking for files with a .mab filename extension. Two of them, ''abook.mab'' and ''history.mab'' can be just copied into your new profile. These represent, respectively, Personal Address Book and Collected Addresses. Others, which will be user-defined address books, will have names such as ''abook-1.mab'' and will need to be imported into your Address Book, using this add-on: https://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/morecols-en.html
Are you satisfied with an OS that requires periodic rebuilding? There ''are'' alternatives. ;-)

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