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How do I find the bookmarks file when I can not load the application? I.e., I can not get to the library.

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My laptop died. The hard drive is in a case and accessible. It is connected to a 10 year old Pentium. How can I retrieve the bookmarks file from the Laptops drive when I can not load Firefox from that drive? I.e., I can not get to the library on the Laptop drive. I do have full access to it.

My laptop died. The hard drive is in a case and accessible. It is connected to a 10 year old Pentium. How can I retrieve the bookmarks file from the Laptops drive when I can not load Firefox from that drive? I.e., I can not get to the library on the Laptop drive. I do have full access to it.

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You can locate main bookmarks file, places.sqlite, for restoration in another Firefox install, in your profile directory.

Since you profile is on another hard drive, the normal shortcuts to find it won't work.

On Windows XP, you can find the profile here: C:\Documents and Settings\Windows login/user name\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default

Where:

  • C:\ is replaced by the drive letter you mounted the laptop drive on.
  • Windows login/username is replaced with your windows user name you used on that hard drive.
  • xxxxxxxx.default is replaced with 8 random characters followed by .default, and should be the only folder in Profiles.

Once you've found the old profile, you can copy files over to a new profile. See https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Profiles#How_to_find_your_profile and Recovering important data from an old profile for other files you may want to restore.

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