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Copy bookmarks from external storage to new desktop

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Graphics card on old Win7 computer running Firefox died. Unable to render image to screen. Setting up brand new Win10 system and downloaded virgin current Firefox. Have hard drive from old system set up as an external device drive and want to migrate years of bookmarks from old Win7 system on external drive to new Win10 system. Can you please assist?

Graphics card on old Win7 computer running Firefox died. Unable to render image to screen. Setting up brand new Win10 system and downloaded virgin current Firefox. Have hard drive from old system set up as an external device drive and want to migrate years of bookmarks from old Win7 system on external drive to new Win10 system. Can you please assist?

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Note that a lot of desktop computers have a built-in graphics adapter on the their motherboard. You can check if you see a separate connector to connect a monitor and if you remove the broken graphics card then the BIOS should switch to the built-in adapter.

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You can copy certain files with Firefox closed to the current profile folder to transfer/recover/backup your personal data. Note that best is to avoid copying a full profile folder.

You can use the button on the "Help -> More Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page (Root directory).

Location used for the main profile that keeps your personal data (Root Directory on about:profiles).

  • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>

  • bookmarks and history: places.sqlite
  • favicons: favicons.sqlite
  • bookmark backups: compressed .jsonlz4 JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder
  • cookies.sqlite for the Cookies
  • formhistory.sqlite for saved autocomplete Form Data
  • logins.json (encrypted logins) and key4.db (decryption key and primary password) for logins saved in the Password Manager
  • cert9.db for certificates stored in the Certificate Manager
  • persdict.dat for words added to the spell checker dictionary
  • permissions.sqlite for Permissions and possibly content-prefs.sqlite for other website specific data (Site Preferences)
  • sessionstore.jsonlz4 for open tabs and pinned tabs (see also the sessionstore-backups folder)

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