Several weeks ago, accidentally ruined a Win10 system installed on my newest PC built about 10 months ago. Had to reset Windows, so beforehand I copied the C:Windows driv… (read more)
Several weeks ago, accidentally ruined a Win10 system installed on my newest PC built about 10 months ago. Had to reset Windows, so beforehand I copied the C:Windows drive onto a blank HDD and saved it, hoping I could rebuild Firefox and Thunderbird from the profile data on the saved HDD. I had to do this because I discovered that my backup software, which would have fixed everything, was not running correctly for the crashed machine. When I populated the new PC last fall I was able to migrate both Firefox and Thunderbird onto it. It was tedious and I didn't get it right the first couple of times, despite how simple it looks. But it worked eventually.
Tried to restore Thunderbird emails first, with no success. Finally discovered a software package (Thunderbird Migrator) which kinda restored the emails (95%) with help from their TS and another license so they could restore it to my machine lol. Discovered afterwards that the reset Windows installation was corrupt. Not sure if that affected the restore. Used DISM and SFC which now report system OK.
For Firefox, I found a profile I had saved when I first built the machine. I was able to restore that one.
Figures since the profile was a mess I cleaned up on the new machine. Found seven other profiles and can't get any of them to work properly. One profile which should have hundreds of bookmarks only presented about a dozen separator lines and nothing else. It made me wonder what could be different. The profile that worked was created on a running machine. All the other profiles do nothing. I can't see why there should be a difference but I am running out of ideas.
Unless the crash corrupted the profiles, shouldn't they work? Found some local computer businesses that offer data recovery services. Do you have any advice on where to get help?