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Every once in awhile, a computer will do something really.. weird. Those of you (probably all of you) who have spent a lot of time on computers have likely experienced this. For all I can tell, magic happened. So here's the story.

Due to the typical reasons, I recently reinstalled windows on my C/ drive. Windows 7 64bit. So I'm setting up all my programs and getting everything the way I want it. Of course, the web browser is of vast importance. I use Firefox. To backup all my settings, and bookmarks, and addons and plugins and such, I use a program called MozBackup. It allows you to create a backup of basically everything you have, when it comes to Firefox. So I have several different backup files. Two old, and one a little newer, and a brand new backup file created just before I reformatted the C: drive.

Naturally, I want the latest backup installed in my recent re-install of Firefox. But, for some reason, FF just isn't having it. It starts throwing weird, random error messages after the import of the backup file. Things like "Your bookmarks won't be available". Pretty much making my backup pointless. I tried several times, and reinstalled firefox several times, trying to get it to work. It never would. My guess is because, it appears that Moz-backup hasn't been updated in a while. And firefox has had several updates since the last Mozbackup. I just couldn't get Firefox to take any of the backups. Well, except for the 2 year old one which I didn't want. Not and have any of the backed up stuff work, anyway. I tried all variations of the backup, eventually telling it ONLY to import the bookmarks, since I could just go get the rest off the internetz.

The only one that I ever got to work, just for a few minutes, was the old backup I had done about 2 years ago. Bookmarks only, with no addons or anything. That wasn't acceptable, so I tried again. Eventually, I gave up and said screw it and just tried to import that old backup again, on a fresh install of firefox. Take note, this didn't have ANY of my new bookmarks. But somehow, some way, this "old" backup, once installed, contained all my new bookmarks. Remember, none of the new backups worked. It wasn't the new backup, it was the old one. The new ones just threw error messages time and time again. If that wasn't weird enough, when it imported the old backup and somehow magically... I don't know.. merged the two files, the screen began flickering and windows sort of acted like it was having real problems. At least with the video signal. The screen flickered and began to wave a little. Some of the lines on all of the things on the screen, such as the taskbar and the icons, began to sort of break and flicker. This only lasted about 2 seconds, but it was clearly visible. All at the exact same time this old backup file magically became the newer backup file. It was pretty weird.

I've done plenty of backup and imports before with firfox and Mozbackup. Its always been smooth as silk, and its NEVER merged files. It doesn't even have that as an option lol. Its a very simple program. You select your file, and you hit import. Thats all the buttons you get. Very limited but usually very effective. So has anyone else had anything truly weird happen like this? I'd be interested in hearing your stories.
Edited by PhotonFanatic - 11/3/13 at 3:06am
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%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

Don't really need third party backup utilities for Firefox.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Profiles
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Didn't think of that till I'd already reformatted.
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