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Retrieving missing bookmark folder

3343 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2013 7:48 PM by KlainSh RSS
Peter Best1 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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May 12, 2012 4:26 PM

My NEWS bookmark folder and its content of over 30 sites has disappeared on my iMac, my iPhone and my iPad. To retrieve every link one by one would take a long, long time. I have both iCloud and Time Machine backups. Can someone please tell me how I can retrieve the folder from a backup?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    May 12, 2012 6:30 PM (in response to Peter Best1)

    Quit Safari and disable iCloud.

     

     

    In the Finder, select Go ▹ Go to Folder... from the menu bar, copy the text on the line below into the box that opens, and press return:

     

    ~/Library/Safari

     

    A folder will open, containing a file named "Bookmarks.plist". Enter Time Machine and restore that file from the last snapshot taken before the bookmarks were deleted.

     

    Relaunch Safari and test.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    May 12, 2012 7:24 PM (in response to Peter Best1)

    I don't use iCloud, so I can't help you with it. If it deleted the bookmarks, I suppose it might do so again. That's not the way it's supposed to work, according to what I've read, but it's in an early stage of deployment and has bugs. As long as you back up your data religiously, you're not at risk of losing much.

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    Feb 6, 2013 2:17 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    I too accidently deleted and lost a Safari bookmark folder with several years of bookmarks saved for my business.  No way I could have remembered all those links.  Since I do have Time Machine, I just tried the solution suggested above and HALLELUEA!!!!   It worked and I have all my deleted bookmarks back.

     

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • KlainSh Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2013 7:48 PM (in response to Peter Best1)

    I'll take you through all the possibilities of recovering the lost Safari bookmarks.
    => Check for iCloud backup if you have any so that you can restore the bookmarks saved on iCloud.
    => Check for iTunes backup. Download and install the free download software ""iPhone Backup Extractor" and launch the app. It will automatically search for any backups on your computer.
    => Check for your lost bookmarks in Windows/Users/Contacts folder. There are times when iTunes saves the contacts in this folder.
    Hope one of these methods will help you.

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