7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2006 1:13 PM by Enio Rigolin2
Enio Rigolin2 Level 1 Level 1
After clicking on the "show all bookmarks" button in Safari, I selected the folder I wanted to delete (or thought I had), then went to the Edit Menu and chose Delete. Only later - once the Undo option had expired - did I realize it was the wrong folder.

I know that deleting files doesn't erase them, only transfers them to the empty space of the Hard Drive. Which is why I walked away from my Mac last night until I could post the following question today...

What's the best software out there to recover my old bookmark file?

P.S. Unfortunately I didn't have my bookmarks backed up with .mac.

Thanks in advance!

G4 tower (mirrored doors), Mac OS X (10.4.3), 1GB of ram
Solved by Hawaiian_Starman on Oct 1, 2006 10:55 AM Solved
Dr. Smoke has a helpful piece on Data Recovery.

As an aside, besides my backups on the external drive, I also make a duplicate copy when I think of it of my bookmarks file (command/D), just as a precaution. In the backup realm, redundancy is a great ally.
Reply by andyBall_uk on Oct 2, 2006 12:14 AM Helpful
Hi

compare the txt file to your bookmarks plist file in textedit, or whatever editor you use.

If the file starts with the same

"bplist00Õ„…UTitle_WebBookmarkTypeXChildren...." string - you might just be in luck.

if so, I'd try backing up your current bookmarks.plist, renaming this txt file as bookmarks.plist & dropping it in the Safari folder after quitting safari, then starting safari.....


If you want to be all safe n sound - you might do this in a different user account to see if it works ( if it doesn't, safari will likely crash ).....

Even if this doesn't work, you may be able to re-construct the file correctly by examination of the start & end of a real bookmarks.plist file & mimicking that, using the data from your recovered file.

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  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    Dr. Smoke has a helpful piece on Data Recovery.

    As an aside, besides my backups on the external drive, I also make a duplicate copy when I think of it of my bookmarks file (command/D), just as a precaution. In the backup realm, redundancy is a great ally.
  • Enio Rigolin2 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks man,

    What do you think of Filesalvage?
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    You're welcome.

    Starting here may be the best place to get more information about FileSalvage.

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  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7
    Just saw this listed on the Mac User Group site - This program on Data Recovery Tips may be of interest to you.

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  • Enio Rigolin2 Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you Hawaiian,

    Filesalvage pulled a txt file with a lot of web addresses surrounded by code, which looks like a serious manual pain to recover from. I've emailed Filesalvage people to see if there's a step I'm missing. If not, I may just get DataRescue, depending on what this gentleman has to say.

    Thanks again!
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7
    Hi

    compare the txt file to your bookmarks plist file in textedit, or whatever editor you use.

    If the file starts with the same

    "bplist00Õ„…UTitle_WebBookmarkTypeXChildren...." string - you might just be in luck.

    if so, I'd try backing up your current bookmarks.plist, renaming this txt file as bookmarks.plist & dropping it in the Safari folder after quitting safari, then starting safari.....


    If you want to be all safe n sound - you might do this in a different user account to see if it works ( if it doesn't, safari will likely crash ).....

    Even if this doesn't work, you may be able to re-construct the file correctly by examination of the start & end of a real bookmarks.plist file & mimicking that, using the data from your recovered file.
  • Enio Rigolin2 Level 1 Level 1
    Wow! Thanks Andy. I'm on another Mac right now, but I did a test on this one and it looks like it just might work! Fantastic news. I'll let you all know if it worked.