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Firefox Bookmarks GONE!

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Phaser, 16 Feb 2006.

  1. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

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    This happened to me a couple of months back.

    Was annoyed but it wasn't that big a deal. Installed Bookmark Backup in case it ever happened again.

    I've just restarted my PC and its happened again! Really annoyed, this time I had really important links on there.

    How do I get the bookmarks back, because as far as I know Bookmark Backup was working fine..

    I feel like resorting back to IE. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

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    its the profile....

    go to profile manager and select the default one.
     
  3. chimaera

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2004

    Posts: 3,511

    Location: Houston, TX

    I had so many problems with FF because of bookmarks, it seemed to be that it kept creating a new profile and switching between that and the default one every now and again.

    When i tried to delete the profile it created it crashed my system.

    Went back to IE, much happier.
     
  4. dirtydog

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    Hmm I've never had any problems like this with Firefox.. just remember to periodically backup your bookmarks occasionally, and you don't need to install anything to do that. Also unlike IE it keeps all the bookmarks in a single file, bookmarks.html, rather than dozens of separate URL shortcuts and folders.
     
  5. Scam

    Capodecina

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    I had this happen to me a little while a go and like you i panicked. However in my profile folder there was a bookmark backup folder. I was pleasantly suprised - i run a vanilla install of FF and am sure i never created that folder myself. Take a look.

    Code:
    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxxxxxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxx.default\bookmarkbackups
     
  6. FeFiDoh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

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    Location: Swindon

    ure the 3rd person today that i know of to get this!
     
  7. G|mp

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    Ive had this grief as well

    Some kind soul on here told me that when it happens the the thing to
    do is to close down the FF thats asking you to creat a new profile

    Open task manager and shut down the running firefox then restart FF
    and everything should be back to normal

    It happens wehn FF crashes apparently
     
  8. Phaser

    Wise Guy

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    Where abouts is this mate? :confused:

    Yeah thats solved it before, but nothing now?
     
  9. Kainz

    Capodecina

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    I've been using FF for years since day one and never had the vanishing bookmarks problem, ever.

    G|mp is right there, if you suddenly get the new profile window upon clicking your FF shortcut then don't touch it - just bring up Task Manager and kill the FF process. Then run FF and it should be ok.

    Edit: Phaser have you actually checked your profile folder to see a bookmarks.html backup exists?
     
  10. Phaser

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    I don't have a profile folder mate - scanned my PC already and no luck.

    Followed the instructions on the FF website and it wasnt there either.
     
  11. Phaser

    Wise Guy

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    i found the bookmarks.html file and copied it back into my profile folder but nothing?
     
    Last edited: 17 Feb 2006
  12. Kainz

    Capodecina

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    Right, make sure FF isn't running when you do that. Shut down FF, then copy the bugger over. Make sure it's actually called bookmarks.html and hasn't been renamed to something else.

    It's been ages since I followed FF's development, since I stopped after it came out of beta. Only recently spotted that FF backs up your bookmarks within the profile dir.
     
  13. Phaser

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    No luck at all - copied it over/overwrote the old bookmarks.html and still nothing.

    Back to IE it is.

    Thanks anyway mate. :(