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Firefox Bookmarks Are Gone.
In need of help, some very important bookmarks are gone!

 3:31 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hey guys,

Ive never known this to be an issue and never found anything in the Library.

I started up firefox as normal and it told me I had just installed Google toolbar, however I have had it installed for months. I then find out all bookmarks are gone and just looks like I have just installed firefox!

Has this happend to anyone? I ran a few searches on my computer for Bookmarks etc and came up with nothing I also looked for the folder named "Application Data" as I heard that I might be able to get a backup however I couldn't find anything.

I took a backup of my bookmarks about four months ago on a disc "somewhere" however this is really no use and I have never known firefox to do this?! Is it an issue? A bug? Will it be fixed?

arg. very annoyed. shouting abuse at my screen annoyed.


JAB Creations

 7:55 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Firefox 1.5 and higher will make a backup of your bookmarks though I have never read about any official feature. I use separate profiles for each version of Firefox. This is where my bookmarks backup file is located.

Yours will be located under something like...
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\Firefox 1.5\bookmarks.bak

Change the administrator username to whatever windows username you are using. Secondly change the profile name (my profile's folder name is "Firefox 1.5" in example).

Hope this helps.
- John


 8:12 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply John however in both my user name and also "all users" there is no folder called application data!

I had bookmarks of all the admin panels etc etc I really need the information!


 12:59 am on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Can't be this simple but you never know!

You may have "Do not show hidden files and folders" selected.?

Go to C:\Documents and Settings\your_user_name

On the top menu.
Go to Tools.
Folder Options.
Click on the View Tab.
Select Show hidden files and folders.

You should now see the Application Data folder.

JAB Creations

 2:25 am on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Also even if you do not have hidden files and folders enabled if you correctly type in it's name in the address bar at the end and hit enter it will still open.

- John


 2:42 am on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

As long as you have the address bar enabled on folders ;)


 8:50 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

appi2, You are now my hero of the day.

No idea why it wasn't switched on I use hidden files all the time. Anyway, after clicking through to my user name I find the FireFox folder > Profiles > and instead of having firefox 1.5 or something mine reads: "ir65z2xq.default", Clicking onto Bookmarks.bak and also bookmarks.html has nothing in them (empty bookmark files).

Very strange that everything is normal appart from the bookmarks, history, passwords and everything else is the same as normal.

So still, nothing.


 8:57 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Anything in your C:\Documents and Settings\<username>Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ir65z2xq.default\bookmarkbackups directory? There should be five days' worth of backups in there.


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