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All my Firefox config/bookmarks/etc were just erased.

by Jasmes / January 20, 2006 5:41 AM PST

I have no idea why. The computer locked up, I restarted, and now Firefox is completely blank.

I hate. Technology. So much.

Anyone know where Firefox stores all the config data? Maybe its still there...

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possible location
by MacHugger / January 20, 2006 6:41 AM PST


I have a feeling you are using a PC but maybe the same information will apply.

On the Mac, I found bookmark data in the following directory:

Firefox > Profiles> qmai3f7g.default> bookmarkbackups

I assume that qmai3f7g.default folder is unique to me so yours will likely be different. Just look for the bookmarksbackup folder. It seems to make a file for each day you log on. So even if the one for today got hosed, you may be able to rename a previous one with the current date and trick it. Don't really know for sure.


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Firefox config data

It should all be here

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile

But if it's disappeared there may be replications of it elsewhere as Ma chugger said.

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by John.Wilkinson / January 20, 2006 7:55 AM PST

It shouldn't have happened, but the blade of technology does often have two sharp edges. All of your data, including bookmarks, history, cache, settings, extensions, etc are stored in the Firefox profile. You'll want to look for the file bookmarks.html in the following locations:

In Windows 2000/XP:
local drive:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\random characters.default

In Windows 95/98/ME:
local drive:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\random characters.default\

In Mac OS X:
~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/random characters.default/

* Note: Random characters are used as a security precaution...reasoning is if there is no exact location where the information is stored it would be harder for a program to find it on your computer.

* When you find the bookmarks.html files, double-click it and it will display all of your favorites. If the list only contains the default bookmarks, you're out of luck...they're all gone.

I'd recommend downloading the extension Bookmark Backup, which will backup your bookmarks daily, adding Sun, Mon, Tue, etc to the file name. Then, if something ever happens to your bookmark file, you can simply remove the Sun, Mon, etc and instantly have your bookmarks restored. You can also backup your entire folder if you want by copying it and pasting it to another location so that you won't lose your entensions, preferences, etc either.

Hope this helps,

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That's good info
by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / January 20, 2006 8:06 AM PST
In reply to: Bookmarks.html...

Much more detailed than what I threw out there. But it's got me wondering now. I don't have the random characters in my folder names. I wonder why.

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by Jasmes / January 20, 2006 10:17 AM PST
In reply to: Bookmarks.html...

I dug up the folder you indicated for WinXP and strangely, the bookmark html file in the root of that folder was blank, but then I found a boomark backup folder with daily bookmark archives... even though I don't have a bookmark backup extension like you mentioned. I was able to restore my bookmarks, and all is well.

Maybe this backup feature is built into Firefox 1.5 now?

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backup by default
by MacHugger / January 20, 2006 11:44 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

As with Jasmes, I also found that folder with the backups of my bookmarks and I never downloaded any additions to Firefox.

Again, I'm using it on a Mac but it sounds like this feature works cross-platform.


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