How to restore Firefox bookmarks
Posted on 2011-09-07
I fix PCs for a living. This is for my customer.
Do not reply here unless you are at least 90% ceertain for your reply (i.e have actually done your solution and it worked OR can provide a link to a RELIABLE source (i.e Mozilla or similar,not some other forum post UNLESS the original poster said that the solution in the forum worked)
This question required knowledge of the internal structure of the Firefox Profiles folder; if you do not have that knowledge I doubt you can reply here UNLESS you can provide a RELIABLE link to a solution.
Previous Firefox version is unknown but as PC is 3 years old, it probably is not that old a version.
PC initially will not boot so THE ANSWER IS NOT start Firefox and Backup or Export HTML book marks. If it were that easy, I would not be posting here.
PC will not boot, I reinstall Windox XP keeping old data. This is a standard way of installing XP and IS NOT THE SUBJECT of this post. Assume it can be done. ie,. I still have on the same HD (not a different backup/external HD) the C:\D+S\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles folder is there (I assume you know what D+S means).
Using nothing but what is in that folder AND a new fresh installation of Firefox 6.0 on Windows XP Pro PC How can I bring in the old book marks. Please provide step by step solutions.
I will assign point if you verify that one or both of the solutions below will work. These are my GUESSES. Note: I do not want a "guess" reply. Sure both the ones below LOOK LIKE they will work but my customers do not pay me to "try things" and see if it works. They expect me to know the correct solution BEFORE I arrive.
Idea 1: in Firefox 6.0 (new install) do (I am skipping the details here) a Bookmark Restore and point it toward the XXX.json file in the ...Profiles\nnnn.default\BookmarksBackup folder with the latest modify date.
Note: Based on my research this will definately work IF there are any XXX.json files in the BookmarksBackup folder AND if they are fairly current.
SO the question here is are these backups AUTOMATICALLY created everytime you close Firefox or must the user MANUALLY choose to go out of their way and create a backup ? If the latter I assume the folder is empty and this will not work.
Idea 2: Per Mozilla Firefox documentation, the bookmarks (and websites visited) are stored in the ...Profiles\nnn.default\places.sqlite file. There is also a places.sqlite-journal file.
So do I simply close Firefox and switch the new places.sqlite file with the old one and start Firefox and BINGO !! the old bookmarks now show up in the new Firefox ? Or MUST I switch BOTH the places.sqlite file AND THE places.sqlite-journal file??
Idea 3: Some other solution you are 90% confident of.