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#1 User is offline   Bobbyd 

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:29 PM

Hi. I've been trying to backup Mozilla Firefox bookmarks onto and external hard drive. (Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini). I can't even begin to do this correctly. I've been successull with pictures, documents etc, except iTunes. I get an iTune log but can't find them on the drive. Also can the bookmarks be deleted completely from my computer after backup without losing them from the Maxtor.
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:57 PM

search for 'Profiles' you should find in documents and settings a folder Mozilla>Firefox>Profiles (hidden files by default)

it contains a folder with a name twpjrfti.default

put this or the whole profiles folder in a new folder --maybe name it 'Firefox data' or something--then copy folder to your external drive.

to restore your bookmarks you can drag this back to it's original location (which by default will be updated every time you add new info) and let it overwrite the newer folder.

yes-you can delete the bookmarks from your computer and because you copied the info to a separate folder on your Maxtor drive--the info will be available.
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 05:53 PM

Very many thanks. I appreciate the speedy reply!

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:43 PM

See if this helps:

http://www.firefoxfa...efox-bookmarks/

See the fourth paragraph.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:50 AM

Thank you. I am not a techy on the computer although I am very familiar with most procedures and do very well. I am a court stenographer and have to backup certain documents from bookmarks onto this external hard drive that was purchased for me by the court and delete them from the computer without losing them on the external drive if I have to refer back to the docs in my computer. How do I avoid losing them on the external drive when deleting from my computer? I sincerely appreciate this help and advice. I will try this and hope it works.

Many thanks,

Bobby
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:44 AM

This is very easy to do. I have
done
this with Firefox in a Windows PC, Ubuntu, Mint and a couple
other
distros. Don't let the references to Linux scare
you.
With
Firefox browser open, Click Bookmarks/Organize
Bookmarks/Export and
Backup/Export or Import. The terminology
might be slightly different
depending on the version of Firefox.
The file is just a HTML file so
no problem getting the file from a
different Linux OS Firefox or
Windows Firefox.
I usually export
to the desktop and copy to a
flash drive or hard drive . Move to a
different PC and import from
the flash drive. There are minor
variations on the process. Practice
it a few times.
I keep
the bookmarks file on a flash drive in case I
ever botch up the
Firefox or the OS. Has not happened yet. I have
known people who
delete their bookmarks by accident.

Don't forget to back up your personal
files to the drive
though I suspect you must be doing that if you
have an external
drive.



Oops, forgot to mention, the file will be called
bookmarks.html
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Posted 01 August 2009 - 02:50 PM

HI and thank you. I had to call Maxtor and it was really simple. Just go to FF bookmarks to organize, export, save file to F.drive and bingo they went right into the hard drive. I deleted them from the computer and they remain in the Maxtor. Appreciate your help and please don't be too far away there are probably other issues later on like can't update 6 updates from Microsoft. They want to assist online. Not sure that's going to help. They want a Windows expert to get involved as it's probably not a Microsoft issue. Any suggestions?

Thanks again,

BD
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