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May 31, 2008:

Yesterday I was browsing via Firefox when suddenly the power went out and to my horror I found that I lost all my Firefox bookmarks and I did not have any backup.

This is actually a Firefox bug which causes a user to lose all bookmarks if Firefox is not closed properly but thanks to a solution provided by anewmorning, you can restore all bookmarks using the smart backup feature of Firefox which automatically makes a backup of your bookmarks daily.

Here is how it goes:

  1. Go to run and type the following and press enter:
    %APPDATA%MozillaFirefoxProfiles
  2. In the folder that opens, simply open the “bookmarkbackups” folder. If you use multiple profiles then open the profile folder first and then open the “bookmarkbackups”.
  3. In this folder you will see backup of all your bookmarks that were made by Firefox automatically according to date.
  4. Now to restore the bookmarks open Firefox and go to Bookmarks → Organize Bookmarks. In the Bookmarks Manager, click on File → Import and select Import from File and click Next. Choose the backup HTML file and enjoy!

Alternatively, I would recommend Firefox users to make self-made backups of settings, bookmarks on a regular basis. Here is a good tool to make Backup of Firefox Settings and Bookmarks.

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chlitto May 31, 2008 at 7:28 pm

“How to Restore Lost Bookmarks in Firefox” ==> install Google Sync add-on :)

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Aravind May 31, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Yay!…Kudos to you for sharing this tip.

What a coincidence. I just cant believe this.

I lost all my bookmarks today. And today itself, you’ve written a post about recovering those.

Thank You. Thanks a lot.

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MoiN May 31, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Appreciate it, Flush =)

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Shankar Ganesh May 31, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Heya, this has happened to me several times before. Though I’ve accessed my bookmarks via the HTML files, I didn’t know that you could actually “restore” those bookmarks and import them directly into Firefox.

Thanks for sharing, Dj!

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Dj Flush May 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm

@chlitoo

Google Sync just synchronizes your current Firefox settings and in no way can be used to restore old bookmarks.

@All

Welcome :)

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Raj June 1, 2008 at 7:31 am

Nice Post :) Thanks

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Khan June 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Great Post!

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mayur June 2, 2008 at 7:34 am

This prob has occured with me also a 2-3 times
gr8 tip , thanks

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Techalites June 4, 2008 at 12:51 am

From your tip i have tried and created a simple video tutorial .

Watch Video Tutorial

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Meddan June 16, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for a great tip.. has helped save me from recreating my bookmarks from scratch.
One related problem I have is when a bookmark in some mysterious way moves from one folder to another. Now i can do a search and find the bookmark but the search result doesn’t show in which folder it is located. Is there anyway i can find out the folder currently holding the bookmark so i can move it back to it’s original place? … is there any extension that would add one more property in the bookmark properties to show folder location of the bookmark?
TIA

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Buzzer June 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm

This just happened to me.
Thankfully They were still in IE7, I guess we all know who we can really trust.
Thanks Firefox, but no thanks.

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garyvdh July 4, 2008 at 6:06 pm

One word: “Foxmarks” :D

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Michael Paul July 20, 2008 at 2:54 am

Thanx!!! You saved me…They were in bookmark back-ups…PHEW!

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ambeR_needs_help March 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

Didnt work for me :(

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ambeR_needs_help March 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Didnt work for me :(

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rpt April 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

OH MY GOD THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

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supermax February 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Awesome, thanks, I am getting frustrated at firefox already since I tried to use Firefox 4 Beta which is filled to the brim with bugs. Had to roll back to Firefox 3 but now I have tons of issues. Learned my lesson not to use betas again!

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