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Unable to find Firefox bookmarks in backup

Running Windows 7 pro on an HP z210, Firefox V25.0.1

I recently performed a full image backup, then reinstalled the Windows 7 operating system.  I have no success at  finding the bookmarks in the backup.

Firefox says the bookmarks should be in the  <user>/appsdata/mozilla folder.  

I can find the <user>/appsdata folders but no mozilla folder.

What steps must be taken to find the bookmarks?   Where are they hiding?
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donpick
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Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
<user>/appdata/Local/Mozilla

Try that instead
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Gregory MillerGeneral ManagerCommented:
<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

I sent you down the wrong path...
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rindiCommented:
For the future I suggest setting up and using firefox's built-in "Sync" feature (you'll need to create an online account),and then use that to sync your bookmarks. Or install the "Xmarks" addon (will also require an online account). With xmarks you have the advantage of being able to access your bookmarks from any PC connected to the web via a web-browser, and you can also sync your bookmarks to any PC with firefox or chrome.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Don,

Bookmarks are stored in a profile, which is in this path:
%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

On W7, %APPDATA% is:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming

Inside the Profiles folder is another folder that begins with an 8-character random part and ends with <.default>, so it is something like this:

abcklmyz.default

So the total path is:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\abcklmyz.default\

Again, yours won't be <abcklmyz>, but it will be something funky like that. Inside that folder are lots of subfolders and files. One of the files is:

places.sqlite

This file contains the bookmarks and browsing history. Regards, Joe
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Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
Is the PC a home PC or office PC joined to the domain.

If it is on domain a User might have the roaming profile, And in such cases the profiles are saved on the server and not on the PC.


Sudeep
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donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you all  for your help.   I am out of town at this time.  I'll get to this pc in 5 to 7 days.  Thank you for your patience.
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donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all your help.  I finally found the json files.  It seems Firefox creates a new json file every day.  I was able to restore the bookmarks.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
That's great news!
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