So... I was using an older Waterfox version on my Mac (10.14.16), and I wanted to update it, but in order to do that I had to download the latest version, leading to me h… (read more)
So... I was using an older Waterfox version on my Mac (10.14.16), and I wanted to update it, but in order to do that I had to download the latest version, leading to me having two Waterfox browsers at the same time.
I wanted to migrate all my passwords, bookmarks, and other goodies to the newer browser.
One thing lead to another, and I found myself fiddling with the Profiles folder. Then I went on to fiddle with the about:profiles page, and... I accidentally created a new profile, but because I didn't assign any folder to it (didn't know you had to do that), it took the whole Profiles folder as its folder. I then went on to delete it, but I clicked on the delete data option. And then *poof* everything was gone.
Luckily I have a backup from Jan 17, but I think I added some bookmarks in the meantime :/
I did a whole scan with the EaseUS Recovery tool (it took like 5 hours), and I managed to find some bookmark files. They are the same size as they used to be, but I think they are corrupt. I tried importing the newest recovered bookmark file into the new Waterfox, and I got the "Unable to process the backup file" message. I tried converting the .jsonlz4 file to just .json, and then tried opening it... still no luck (I used a software called "Max"). I tried uploading the .jsonlz4 file to jeffersonsher's website, and got this:
File name: bookmarks-2022-01-29_3093_5IkRcH-v-sL8tiFAlFCZuQ==.jsonlz4; Size: 497164; last modified 1/28/2022, 5:15:57 PM (failed JSON parsing: SyntaxError: JSON.parse: unexpected end of data at line 1 column 1 of the JSON data)
I tried converting it to .json and then to .txt, and the text was corrupt. All sorts of symbols and numbers, and above that, the document is fairly short.
Am I out of luck and everything is forever gone?
I am not a smart or advanced user, so I don't know anything about this sort of stuff.