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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:51 PM
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Huh ? Book marks gone!
went to go take a little siesta, came back - son was on computer, emergency battery alarm came on for some strange reason (electricity in house did not go off) and when I restarted everything my bookmarks are gone! Not a huge deal but what a pain. Is there anyway to recover them? (please remember my basic moran abilities and give simple explicit instructions)

Windows xp home, using Firefox, history still there and everything else on first glance seems ok

thanks in advance - need to go run an errand will be back a little later.
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:15 PM
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1. Go to your main drive and look for the 'Documents and Settings' folder.
From there, there should be a directory with your login name for your computer. If not, then check in either the Default User directory or the All Users directory. Anyhow, in one of those three directories 'Applications', and then after that look for 'Mozilla', then 'Firefox' then 'Profiles'.

Once you get to profiles it should have a random set of numbers and letters for each profile, but if you're the only one who uses it there should only be one so it shouldn't be hard to find. There should be a file called 'bookmarks.html'. There should also be a directory called 'bookmarkbackups'. It should have several old copies of the bookmarks.html files, check for the newest one that isn't also empty. Then delete the original 'bookmarks.html' file and replace it with one of the ones from the bookmarkbackups directory.

If all there are no files in bookmarkbackups or if they're all blank, then I got nothin'.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:18 PM
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2. ok, I actually found what you wrote but I have a problem still:
the one that was there wasn't empty - I tried to replace it anyway but it didn't work - and now when I look in my HISTORY folder (to get to DU before I try to manually add back items one by one) I see a listing for "bookmarks" (three times in fact) WTH?

Tried a couple of reboots, of course. Still no bookmarks either on toolbar or folder.
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:46 AM
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3. Have you tried
a system restore?

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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:31 PM
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4. I was going to but at least I found the list (and links) from the instructions above
and I just re did most of it manually. Odd how it happened though. The other users did not lose theirs.

Fortunately It wasn't all that big. I don't go to many sites anyway. DU takes up enough time! :rofl:
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 10:53 PM
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7. Did your son
accidentally change the toolbar? Right click the toolbar. You should be able to add bookmarks or just check "bookmark toolbar". The firefox toolbar is quite different than IE.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:48 PM
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5. For future reference ...
There's an extension for Firefox called Foxmarks that can help you with preventing this kind of thing in the future. It stores your bookmarks off-site so that if they get deleted, you can synch them back up again automatically. Its main use for a lot of people is being able to use the same bookmarks no matter where they are.

I use Firefox on several different computers, and it's nice to be able to do this. I was forever bookmarking stuff at one place and finding I needed it at another. Now, that happens automatically.

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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 09:05 PM
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6. Thanks RGB
that might be partly why after I looked at the file it showed up in my browser history???
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