Migrating bookmarks from old hard drive to new one

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Randolph Haack

06 Jan, 2014 02:14 AM

You would think this problem would appear somewhere at some point in the plethora of questions but I can find no mention of it.

My dilemma is that I replaced my old drive with a new one and would like to import my old TenFourFox bookmarks into my freshly installed version on the new drive. Problem is: I can't find them. Via a drive doc, I am have access to my old drive but the only bookmarks I can find are at: users/"mydrivename"/library/mozilla/Profiles/default/ftq9ibwb.sit/bookmarks.html. Problem is, info for that file reveals it was created and last opened in 2006. I've been using TenFF right up to Dec 20, 2013 so I assume the bookmarks data would reflect that date.

If someone could set me on the right path it would be much appreciated. Am I looking in the wrong place? Is the date of the bookmarks file irrelevant? Is exporting bookmarks from the old drive (dreaded, as it would mean swapping out the drives again) the only way to accomplish this?

Not sure you can answer this but worth a shot: Can I launch my old TenFF app on my old (not booted) drive without it affecting TenFF data on my newer booted one? Would the old TenFF use my old bookmarks or try to access them off the new system drive?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 06 Jan, 2014 03:05 PM

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    Hello Randolph,

    the bookmarks at library/mozilla/Profiles/ are from an old Mozilla/Netscape/SeaMonkey installation. What you need is
    users/"mydrivename"/library/Application Support/Firefox.
    It contains all your settings and bookmarks. (Bookmarks are now stored in a file called places.sqlite. "Bookmarks.html" may still be present, but it's irrelevant). If you copy the complete Firefox folder to your new drive, TenFourFox will behave just like you left it. Just make sure the browser isn't running when you do it.

    As to your second question: I'm pretty sure the app would use the profile in Library/Application Support on your booted drive because that's the currently active OS X user.

  2. 2 Posted by Randolph Haack on 06 Jan, 2014 08:37 PM

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    Wow...thank you Chris! Your reply was most helpful and you can consider this matter closed. Not sure why but the first thing I tried was searching for places.sqlite (as suggested in the FireFox support pages) but out of five hard drives, not one hit. I must have repetitively keyed in the wrong spelling. As per your reply, a simple copy/paste and SUCCESS!.

    Also, your suggestion to another user experiencing slow performance was much appreciated. I deleted all my disabled extensions (quite a few actually) and TenFF is now much quicker overall. Thanks for that as well!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 07 Jan, 2014 03:12 AM

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    As to your second question: I'm pretty sure the app would use the profile in Library/Application Support on your booted drive because that's the currently active OS X user.

    Correct, that's exactly what would happen.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 07 Jan, 2014 02:22 PM

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    Great, glad I was able to help. I'll close this ticket now. If you have further questions, just ask and the ticket will automatically re-open.

  5. Chris (chtrusch) closed this discussion on 07 Jan, 2014 02:24 PM.

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