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connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

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connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

when i find the folder default, there is no places.sqlite but only a folder called chrome inside..

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

You need to look in the Application Data, or APPDATA (depending on the version of Windows you had on your old hard drive) for the Profile folder (it's a hidden folder). https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Recovering%20important%20data%20from%20an%20old%20profile

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

You need to look in the Application Data, or APPDATA (depending on the version of Windows you had on your old hard drive) for the Profile folder (it's a hidden folder). https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Recovering%20important%20data%20from%20an%20old%20profile

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

XP:

  • x:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

Vista/Windows 7:

  • x:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

Windows: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

i found it thanks! now the next problem:

when i copy it in to the new profile and replace it... nothing happens because when i open it again there is still the original places.sqlite and i know that cause the size of the folder didn't change!!! there is also a places.sqlite.corrupt but i dont know if i put that there?!!

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

The places.sqlite file always has a fixed size of 10MB and gets incremented in 10 MB chunks if more space is needed.

You can use this button to go to the current Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder

You do not need a places.sqlite.corrupt file because a corrupted places.sqlite file was renamed to that file and won't work properly.
So remove all other places files if you copy a saved places.sqlite file to the profile folder.

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

it worked!

thank you so much

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Re: connected my old hard drive to my new laptop, but can't find places.sqlite anywhere....

You're welcome