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json file won't load up in bookmarks, did a fresh recovery on pc not that long ago

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I decided to do a fresh restore on my PC. Backed up everything, including the bookmarks, saved as a .json and I probably should have as an HTML, I really wasn't thinking. Reformatted/Recovered and all that stuff. After I reinstalled all of my programs I went to import my .json file the usual way: Bookmarks>Organize Bookmarks> Import and Backup>Restore>selected the .json file I had... nothing I tried again a few more times, I even downgraded hoping it might help and it didn't. I'm hoping someone can help I really need my bookmarks and since I can't just get them back anymore I'm stuck Not sure if it's needed but I'm running XP.

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If you reformatted, then everything has been erased.

Next time, save the file to an external source like a USB drive.

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Did you make sure that the file has a .json file extension? Right-click context menu > Properties > JSON and not File or something else.

A JSON backup starts with: {"title":"","id":1,"dateAdded":

See also this mozillaZine thread about extracting links from a JSON backup.
Make a copy of the JSON backup and add a .txt file extension to avoid a download dialog if you use File > Open File.

You can check out the links with this bookmarklet after opening the JSON file in Firefox:

javascript:(function(){var E=document.getElementsByTagName('PRE')[0],T=E.innerHTML,R=/(%22uri%22:%22([^%22]*)%22)/g,i=0,r1,r2,t;t=new Array();while(R.exec(T)){r1=RegExp.$1;r2=RegExp.$2;if(/^(http|https):/i.exec(r2)){t.push('['+(i++)+']:<a href='+r2+'>'+r2+'<\/a>');}}with({for(i=0;t[i];i++)write(t[i]+'<br>');close();}})();

Modified by cor-el