How do I restore Browser history in Mozilla Firefox?

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I am trying to restore browser history stored in "places" which is a sqlite file.  I recovered this file using a software package called Total Recall.  I can see the file and I can move the file to the appropriate profile in Mozilla but I cannot read the contents of the history beyond May 24, 2009.  I need to find a deleted http:/ link which was inadvertently deleted from browser history on Aprl 6th.  Help!!!!
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Uggh.

I suspect you are out of luck.  Firefox only saves either 90 or 180 days worth of history.  See http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view_forum_thread.php?style_mode=inproduct&locale=en-US&comments_parentId=369280&forumId=1 for a brief discussion on this.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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No that's not correct.  Apologies.

It depends on what your browser settings were.  From that link it appears Firefox saves up to 180 days worth.  See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.history_expire_days

You've used Total Recall on the disk concerned.  Try other packages such as GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/  (free to try, you pay for full functionality).  If it can see the file concerned (and there will probably be a number of versions) and it is bigger than the present one you have then consider buying it.

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Thank you for your comments; I really appreciate your help.  I will try using the GetDataBack software although I can see the history file (places.sqlite) from the Total Recall recovery.  Perhaps I need to ask some questions re: SQ-Lite manager.
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oh a link,

so as noted in other question, type
about:cache
in address bar.
 In window hit the List Cache Entries then hit Ctrl F
which brings up Find and enter 2009-04
if you have ANYTHING from April, you should jump to it, if you do, continue the find 2009-04-06
and see if you can find it.
Do that through all 3 cache, memory, disk and offline

Good luck

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Sorry, I really need to read more thoroughly.
You already said,
" but I cannot read the contents of the history beyond May 24, 2009."

I think you are out of luck.

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For mtz1of4, I know that FF stores browser history in a file called "places" which is an SQ-Lite (Java platform) file.  I cannot read the history beyond 05-24-2009 but I know it is there.  I know this because I had to install a new HD on my computer about four weeks before I inadvertently deleted the link to the webpage that I am now furiously trying to recover.

Based on your comments re: searching the cache, I'm guessing (which I don't like to do in this situation), that I have to create another FF profile and reload the restored cache, history files, etc., into the new profile.  Is that correct?  Thank you soooooooo much.
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Do you have the full profile or simply places.sqlite?

Definitely would recommend using A new Fresh Profile, while trying to recover something.
Simply copy/paste this into the Start Run line
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p
in order to start creating a new profile. But before actually creating, UNCHECK the Don't Ask At Startup, until you get what you need and can just start using your default profile again.  This will prompt you everytime you start Firefox to Select the profile you  want to use for that session.

The above command prompt only works if you installed Firefox to it's default location, other wise simply Browse to the Firefox.exe and put a space and a - and a p directly after it and you should be good to go.

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So, you've been looking through the cache.

How about hitting Ctrl+Shift+H and checking through all History? How far back does it go?

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