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#1 videoguy

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:50 PM

I saw this in another thread but I guess I should make one for myself here as I wasn't able to get a solution from it.

It seemed as though Firefox just updated itself on my machine and killed the bookmarks. What's weird though is that it didn't kill all the bookmarks. I had some subfolders that I put some of my bookmarks under and they're still there. Anything that wasn't in a subfolder though is gone.

I'm running Firefox 2.0.0.17 now. Any advice is welcome because those bookmarks will be impossible to get back otherwise.

I tried the safemode thing... didn't work unfortunately.

I also tried the mozilla help page but I couldn't seem to get anywhere with it. If anyone has any ideas, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks!

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 12:41 AM

See if this is of any help:
Set windows to show hidden files,
How to see hidden files in Windows
Then navigate to:
C:\ Documents and Settings \ "your user name" \ Application Data \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Profiles \ random characters.default

See if you have a file in there named bookmarks.html.
That's your bookmarks.
If it's in there, it's possible it has become corrupted.
Right click it, and select Delete, then proceed to the next step.
(You may want to just move "bookmarks.html" to another location on your harddrive, since you say you still have some of your bookmarks available.
That way, if the next step doesn't work, you'll still have those bookmarks.)


If it's not in there, proceed to the next step.

Now, open the file called bookmarkbackups.
Locate the file with the most recent date.
Right click it, and select Copy.
Click the Back button, closing the bookmarkbackups folder.
Now, right click on an empty area in the open window, and select Paste.
Right-click the file you just Pasted, and Rename it to bookmarks.html.
This will put a copy of the most recent backup, in your Profile folder.
Close the Profile folder.
Re-start Firefox, and see if you have your bookmarks.

Edited by tg1911, 06 November 2008 - 12:42 AM.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:22 AM

Hey,

Thanks for the help!

Unfortunately, it didn't work. The backup folder goes back to November 3rd, I tried that one and it didn't work. The subfolder ones are still there but the others are gone. Maybe I've waited too long on this?


Mod Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~tg

Edited by tg1911, 07 November 2008 - 12:39 AM.


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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:38 AM

You're welcome, videoguy.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Hopefully, someone will come along with other suggestions, that'll solve your problem.
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:09 PM

Thanks man,

I had read over at the Firefox forum that you only have a limited amount of time to fix the problem because the backups re-write themselves and only go back five days.

If it had gone back one more day I would've been okay and I think your suggestions would've worked. Thanks for trying! I appreciate everything you guys do here.

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