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Windows 7: lost all my firefox bookmarks :(

20 Jul 2014   #11
Not Myself

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THanks man. That opened a choose your profile list. The only profile given there was called default-1393096600846. There was no other listed there that I could change it to.

I take it that's bad news..
Odd that the other, smaller profile was not listed. In the Users folder, there is a file under Mozilla, profiles.ini, and I suspect that it is only listing one profile. It ought to list all three, even though the smallest one is clearly of no use.

I did misstate something yesterday: If you click on the three profiles that you found, they should open and show you what is in them, so in that sense, yes, they are folders, just not folders that you can use by themselves. As they are profiles, they can only be used by directing Fx to them. However, if you do click on them, you should be able to see what they contain.

If, in fact, either of the two larger profiles do contain a large number of both folders and files, then you may be able to create a new profile using those folders and files. Again, as I cautioned you earlier, if you do start a new profile, I would only transfer one file at a time and test the new profile, then one folder (such as bookmarkbackups) at a time.


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20 Jul 2014   #12
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigDan View Post
THanks man. That opened a choose your profile list. The only profile given there was called default-1393096600846. There was no other listed there that I could change it to.

I take it that's bad news..
Odd that the other, smaller profile was not listed. In the Users folder, there is a file under Mozilla, profiles.ini, and I suspect that it is only listing one profile. It ought to list all three, even though the smallest one is clearly of no use.

I did misstate something yesterday: If you click on the three profiles that you found, they should open and show you what is in them, so in that sense, yes, they are folders, just not folders that you can use by themselves. As they are profiles, they can only be used by directing Fx to them. However, if you do click on them, you should be able to see what they contain.

If, in fact, either of the two larger profiles do contain a large number of both folders and files, then you may be able to create a new profile using those folders and files. Again, as I cautioned you earlier, if you do start a new profile, I would only transfer one file at a time and test the new profile, then one folder (such as bookmarkbackups) at a time.

thanks man.

what about the fact that the 2 newer profiles were created on july 14 or after, which is after i lost the bookmarks. does that not mean the bookmarks are lost?

if its not, im sorry im not clear on what my next steps are?
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20 Jul 2014   #13
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do1g1gux.default-1393096600846 (modified today, created 2/2014, 25 MB) :That is the largest of the three profiles, and it was created, apparently, last February; the date 2/2014 is a bit odd.

Have you clicked on that profile to see what it contains? Given its size, I would guess that is has at least a few files/folders, but as is rather small, I don't know that it is going to be of much assistance in retrieving anything.

I have one profile of only 43.7 MB, as it was used to test only one extension as I recall; my two other profiles are 130 and 265 MB. (I'm not sure why such a discrepancy.) One of the two is my default profile; I would have to close Fx and bring up the profile manager to determine which one, even though I gave them my own names. I think that my default is the larger one of those two. (Ah, so it is: I opened the profile, which showed me the name I had given it, then checked the properties, which showed the size.)

I shall not go into why I have two profiles of such differing sizes, which probably goes back a while to a very strange Fx problem, one that I finally tracked down and fixed by uninstalling Fx, then removing the entire Mozilla Firefox program folder (not the profile folder,) as there was apparently a corrupt file in that folder. Finding and fixing this was quite frustrating.
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20 Jul 2014   #14
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It has 8 folder and 38 files.

Im thinking, if this is created in Feb maybe I can get something from here. Is there a way to access the bookmarks in here?

Unfortunately every single item in this folder has a creation date of 7/12/2014 or after, except extensions folder (2/2014) and compatibility file (6/2014)/
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20 Jul 2014   #15
Not Myself

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigDan View Post
It has 8 folder and 38 files.

Im thinking, if this is created in Feb maybe I can get something from here. Is there a way to access the bookmarks in here?

Unfortunately every single item in this folder has a creation date of 7/12/2014 or after, except extensions folder (2/2014) and compatibility file (6/2014)/
Are you sure that those are creation dates, not modification dates? Most Fx profile files and folders are modified just by opening Fx, so I'd not be surprised if the dates have changed since the files were created.

Again, you have given me no clues as to what files are there, but if Fx opens using that profile, I must assume that all the required files are there. Again, as you have not made it clear, I am assuming that you are actually using that profile, the only one that showed when you ran the Fx profile manager.

If my assumption is even close to being correct, you likely have a bookmarkbackups folder, which contains regular backups. If not, then, sorry, there's nothing you can do given your failure to do your own backups, unless, that is, the middle-sized profile happens to have such a folder.

Backing up and restoring bookmarks - Firefox - MozillaZine Knowledge Base
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20 Jul 2014   #16
BigDan

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I apologize if I havent given you enough information. If you could let me know what information I should give I'd be happy to do so. Detailing every file would get a bit challenging but if there's certain ones I should look out for I can do so.

In Win Explorer there's both a creation date and a modified date. Assuming those are correct, then yes the dates I gave you are creation dates.
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21 Jul 2014   #17
Not Myself

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigDan View Post
I apologize if I havent given you enough information. If you could let me know what information I should give I'd be happy to do so. Detailing every file would get a bit challenging but if there's certain ones I should look out for I can do so.

In Win Explorer there's both a creation date and a modified date. Assuming those are correct, then yes the dates I gave you are creation dates.
I specifically asked about a folder named bookmarkbackups, so, again, do you have that, and, if so, what is in it? I also gave you a link to a file on how to use that folder to restore bookmarks.
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22 Jul 2014   #18
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When trying a search for .json in your user folder, nothing similar to bookmarks-2014-07-21_3908.json turns up?
Seems very strange that the backups would get wiped.

Edit: if some image\backup is available (ms or macrium etc) you could mount it as a drive an easily extract any .json file. Another example of the necessity and usefulness of regular imaging.
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22 Jul 2014   #19
BigDan

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We seem to be having a misunderstanding. Evidently I havent given all the necessary information while I thought I'd answered all the questions. Let me post screenshots instead.

I've attached a number of pictures showing my 3 profiles and the dates these folders were created as well as last modified.

The aim was to find something from before 7/12. There was stuff that was indeed created before then, but that stuff seems to have been modified after.

I tried the link above, to restore my bookmarkbackups. I didnt think that would work because there were 2 folders that were made before 7/12/14. One is empty, the other has a bookmarkbackups directory created on 7/14. So I didnt expect much. But tried anyway. No dice.


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