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recover my old bookmarks after reinstalling windows- i thot all i had to do was register

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i just reinstalled windows and i want to recover my old profile or at least my old bookmarks

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jscher2000
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Hi kari69, what you ideally would like to find is this folder (exact path depends on your OS):

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\yourprofilefolder

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\yourprofilefolder

Because AppData (or Application Data) is a hidden folder by default, you may not have realized that this was a key folder to explore when making your backup.

To ensure that Windows is not concealing hidden files and folders from you, you can turn on viewing using Windows Explorer. (See: Show hidden files and folders)

If reinstalling Windows created a C:\Windows.old folder, then you might still have that old folder in there.

kari69 0 solutions 7 answers

Hi Jscher2000,

Thank you for that. I have found several folders with following path - AppData/Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. They all seem like plug ins and extensions. No your/profile in there either.

jscher2000
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Hi kari69, do any of the folder you found have a recent date? What you would hope to find inside the (partially random-named) profile folder(s) would be a subfolder named bookmarkbackups. That would contain dated .json backup files that can be restored using the steps in this article: Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer (note: for ease of access, copy the backups to a more readily accessible folder).

kari69 0 solutions 7 answers

Hi Jscher2000,

I have not been able to find any similar file, unfortunately. I still have my old hard drive and can access it, would I be able to get the information from there by the same means?

K

jscher2000
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Hi kari69, you didn't mention a hard drive before. Yes, that would be very useful. Common ways to access it would include using a USB drive enclosure or attaching it as a second drive in a desktop computer.

kari69 0 solutions 7 answers

I have had trouble access it previously as it is not very stable. I still cannot find the backup files though. I assume I am doing it completley wrong.

jscher2000
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Hi kari69, Firefox is pretty consistent about its data locations. Can you find these paths on your old drive?

(Vista - 7)
\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\yourprofilefolder

(XP)
\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\yourprofilefolder

kari69 0 solutions 7 answers

Hi Jscher2000,

I found it and it is working! Thank you very much for all your patience. I would have lost year's worth of information.

K