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Recovering bookmarks, passwords, add-ons on mac with no json files

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After a system check and reboot I noticed that my firefox had been completely reset. Meaning it was as though I had just downloaded it for the first time ever on my computer ever. I have a large amount of extremely important information in the way of saved accounts and passwords as well as sites needed for business that weren't committed to memory so I absolutely need this data back. I'm fairly certain from research that I need a data recovery program to find either old .json files (which I believe to have never existed in the first place seeing as I've never done a backup (genius right?) ) or the old places.sqlite files and implement them accordingly once found. Now currently using a few different data recovery programs upon first few quick searches I haven't found any bookmark.json files or relevant places.sqlite files - so what if I can't get them - what does this mean for me and what are my options?

Process: Bookmarks, add-ons, settings and saved passwords all in tact. Used Ccleaner for mac did a quick clean and verified and repaired permissions and performed a computer restart. Upon booting back up and opening firefox, it was completely default and no sign of it ever being on my computer for the last 6 years.

After a system check and reboot I noticed that my firefox had been completely reset. Meaning it was as though I had just downloaded it for the first time ever on my computer ever. I have a large amount of extremely important information in the way of saved accounts and passwords as well as sites needed for business that weren't committed to memory so I absolutely need this data back. I'm fairly certain from research that I need a data recovery program to find either old .json files (which I believe to have never existed in the first place seeing as I've never done a backup (genius right?) ) or the old places.sqlite files and implement them accordingly once found. Now currently using a few different data recovery programs upon first few quick searches I haven't found any bookmark.json files or relevant places.sqlite files - so what if I can't get them - what does this mean for me and what are my options? Process: Bookmarks, add-ons, settings and saved passwords all in tact. Used Ccleaner for mac did a quick clean and verified and repaired permissions and performed a computer restart. Upon booting back up and opening firefox, it was completely default and no sign of it ever being on my computer for the last 6 years.

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Provides information about the default web browser
  • DivX Web Player version 3.2.4.1250
  • DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • Version 5.4.2.18903
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0
  • 5.1.30514.0
  • iPhoto6

Application

  • Firefox 38.0.5
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.10; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/38.0
  • Support URL: https://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/38.0.5/Darwin/en-US/

Extensions

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Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

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  • numAcceleratedWindows: 1
  • numTotalWindows: 1
  • webglRenderer: NVIDIA Corporation -- NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT OpenGL Engine
  • windowLayerManagerRemote: True
  • windowLayerManagerType: OpenGL

Modified Preferences

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
FredMcD
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Look on your desktop. Do you see a folder called; Old Firefox?

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles


These can't get your data back, but will help in the future.

These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose.

OPIE {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

Look on your desktop. Do you see a folder called; '''Old Firefox?''' '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile''' '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles''' -------------------------------------- These can't get your data back, but will help in the future. These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/febe/ FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)]''' {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose. '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/opie/ OPIE]''' {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

Question owner

No, this is on Mac OSX. There is no file or folder that is named Old Firefox anywhere on my computer or in any of the recovered data from this morning.

No, this is on Mac OSX. There is no file or folder that is named Old Firefox anywhere on my computer or in any of the recovered data from this morning.

Question owner

From your silence I'm assuming this is a known issue and I'm screwed. Also, new versions of firefox without any extensions already make it extremely easy to backup your bookmarks in 2 clicks. Thanks anyways.

From your silence I'm assuming this is a known issue and I'm screwed. Also, new versions of firefox without any extensions already make it extremely easy to backup your bookmarks in 2 clicks. Thanks anyways.
cor-el
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17467 solutions 157838 answers
If you use the Time Machine then try to restore the file(s) from that backup. *http://www.apple.com/support/timemachine/ *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Recovering+important+data+from+an+old+profile *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox