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extracting saved passwords from HDD

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My Win 7 Laptop got wet, very wet and wont start.

Firefox password manager had saved many site passwords

If I take the HDD out and with a USB enclosure hang it off another PC as drive F:

Where and how might the passwords be found and read

My Win 7 Laptop got wet, very wet and wont start. Firefox password manager had saved many site passwords If I take the HDD out and with a USB enclosure hang it off another PC as drive F: Where and how might the passwords be found and read

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:57.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/57.0

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cor-el
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Firefox uses two locations for the Firefox profile folder, so make sure to look in the correct location. Location used for the main profile that keeps your personal data in "AppData\Roaming" (Root Directory on about:profiles).

  • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/<profile>/

"AppData" (XP: Application Data; Mac: ~/Library; Linux: ~/.mozilla) is a hidden folder.


You can copy files like these with Firefox closed to the current profile folder to recover specific data. Note that you should be cautious with copying SQLite database files if you previously had problems.

  • bookmarks and history: places.sqlite
  • bookmark backups: compressed .jsonlz4 backups in the bookmarkbackups folder
  • cookies.sqlite for the cookies
  • formhistory.sqlite for saved form data
  • logins.json and key3.db (decryption key) for Passwords saved in the Password Manager
  • cert8.db and possibly cert_override.txt for (intermediate) certificates stored in the Certificate Manager
  • persdict.dat for words you added to the spelling checker dictionary
  • permissions.sqlite for Permissions and possibly content-prefs.sqlite for other Site Preferences
  • sessionstore.jsonlz4 for open tabs and pinned tabs

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

Firefox uses two locations for the Firefox profile folder, so make sure to look in the correct location. Location used for the main profile that keeps your personal data in "AppData\Roaming" (Root Directory on about:profiles). *C:\Users\&lt;user&gt;\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\&lt;profile&gt;\ *~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/&lt;profile&gt;/ "AppData" (XP: Application Data; Mac: ~/Library; Linux: ~/.mozilla) is a hidden folder. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Show_hidden_files_and_folders ----- You can copy files like these with Firefox closed to the current profile folder to recover specific data. Note that you should be cautious with copying SQLite database files if you previously had problems. *bookmarks and history: places.sqlite *bookmark backups: compressed .jsonlz4 backups in the bookmarkbackups folder *cookies.sqlite for the cookies *formhistory.sqlite for saved form data *logins.json and key3.db (decryption key) for Passwords saved in the Password Manager *cert8.db and possibly cert_override.txt for (intermediate) certificates stored in the Certificate Manager *persdict.dat for words you added to the spelling checker dictionary *permissions.sqlite for Permissions and possibly content-prefs.sqlite for other Site Preferences *sessionstore.jsonlz4 for open tabs and pinned tabs You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the <b>about:profiles</b> page. *Help -> Troubleshooting Information -> Profile Directory:<br>Windows: Show Folder; Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox