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I can't import bookmarks from firefox profile backup.

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Hard drive broke. Bought a new one. Fresh Win 7 ultimate install. Fresh FireFox install ver 27. I had saved the xxxxxxxxx.default folder to import the bookmarks into the new install. Following the directions for copy and paste into the correct directory does not work. No bookmarks appear. I have a huge folder(310 MB) within the backup files called Cashe that seems to have a lot of something in it. The file called places.sqlite seems about empty. I don't know if my copy was corrupted or if it actually was that small, 10 MB?

Where are the bookmarks really kept, in places.sqlite? If so I guess they are lost forever. But what is the Cashe folder for?

Hard drive broke. Bought a new one. Fresh Win 7 ultimate install. Fresh FireFox install ver 27. I had saved the xxxxxxxxx.default folder to import the bookmarks into the new install. Following the directions for copy and paste into the correct directory does not work. No bookmarks appear. I have a huge folder(310 MB) within the backup files called Cashe that seems to have a lot of something in it. The file called places.sqlite seems about empty. I don't know if my copy was corrupted or if it actually was that small, 10 MB? Where are the bookmarks really kept, in places.sqlite? If so I guess they are lost forever. But what is the Cashe folder for?

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"But what is the Cashe folder for?"

The Cache folder shouldn't be in the actual Profile folder, but would be in a similarly named location which wouldn't have the places.sqlite file; unless you moved your Profile folder to a non-default location on your hard drive. The difference in folder locations is Application Data vs. Local Settings / Application Data.

Also, the places.sqlite file is roughly 10MB when new. So "your" bookmarks can't be in that file.


Can you find the /bookmarksbackup/ folder with a number of
bookmarks-yyyy-mm-dd-#.json files in it?
That's the date the backup file was created, followed by a number .

If you can find the latest backup file, you can Restore that json file thru the Library window using Import and Backup > Restore - > Choose file...

"Import" is for bookmarks.html type bookmarks files.

''''' "But what is the Cashe folder for?" ''''' The '''Cache''' folder shouldn't be in the actual Profile folder, but would be in a similarly named location which wouldn't have the places.sqlite file; ''unless you moved your Profile folder to a non-default location on your hard drive''. The difference in folder locations is Application Data vs. Local Settings / Application Data. Also, the places.sqlite file is roughly 10MB when new. So "your" bookmarks can't be in that file. ---------------------- Can you find the /bookmarksbackup/ folder with a number of <br />'''bookmarks-yyyy-mm-dd-#.json''' files in it? <br /> ''That's the '''date''' the backup file was created, followed by a '''number''' ''. If you can find the latest backup file, you can '''Restore''' that '''json''' file thru the Library window using Import and Backup '''> Restore - > Choose file...''' "Import" is for bookmarks.html type bookmarks files.