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How can I get my original bookmarks back after accidentely syncing with a new Firefox installation?

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I've installed Firefox sync on a new netbook running Ubuntu and it worked at first, it synced my bookmarks from my PC to the netbook with no problems.

However yesterday it decided to sync the original bookmarks on the netbook with my PC and now I've lost all of my original 100+ bookmarks, they still appear in the URL bar when I type in the keywords for a particular bookmark but not in the bookmarks menu.

How can I stop Firefox sync from repressing my actual bookmarks? How can I return the situation to how it was before using this addon?

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See Replace your Sync information but read the cautions carefully.

It is always a useful precaution to make manual bookmarks backups

The above article also explains about the autobookmark backups that firefox generates, but be sure to make manual backups as you work, it is very easy to overwrite the wrong set of backups.

I am not entirely certain what firefox is doing in your case, perhaps the synced Netbook does not have the expected set of bookmarks on it.

Presumably sync may be uninstalled or disabled like any other add-on

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See Replace your Sync information but read the cautions carefully.

It is always a useful precaution to make manual bookmarks backups

The above article also explains about the autobookmark backups that firefox generates, but be sure to make manual backups as you work, it is very easy to overwrite the wrong set of backups.

I am not entirely certain what firefox is doing in your case, perhaps the synced Netbook does not have the expected set of bookmarks on it.

Presumably sync may be uninstalled or disabled like any other add-on

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Restoring them from within Firefox has fixed it, cheers!