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I MOVED THIS TO A MUCH SIMPLER THREAD NOW HERE: 

Are these crashed drive Recuva-recovered Chrome bookmarks usable? - Windows 10 (geekstogo.com)

 

I had a windows 8.1 PC crash, it wasn't getting internet no matter any basic fixes I tried, so I just did a 'Refresh Without Affecting Your Files' but then it froze at "Setting up a few more things".

I made some posts and was told it did something like ran out of space and just could not complete the refresh/install, it kept freezing %3 "Setting Up a Few More Things". It was only a 2450GB drive, would have been nice if it warned me or something.

I then bought a new 1TB SSD and Windows 10 and was able to get most of my stuff back but I can't find the Chrome bookmark file(s) in
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks)

There's not even a Google folder before there.

I have Show hidden folders and files enabled. 

I did not install Chrome yet on this Windows 10 drive because that might conflict with the old copy of Chrome. In my bottom left Search bar I searched 'bookmark', then search by Document, but it finds nothing either.


Along the lines I may have deleted a chrome icon in the old drive, I'm not really sure. I did have Chrome installed on the new Windows 10 drive at the time and maybe it was conflicting or something but I'm not sure if I even deleted a Chrome icon or anything Chrome or Google related in the crashed drive.

 

thanks
 


Edited by killbill1231, 21 March 2021 - 10:58 PM.

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Gday killbill1231,  :welcome:

The bookmarks folder is stored on windows in a hidden folder.

 

There is no actual need to find, copy and transfer the bookmarks to a new installation of Google Chrome, Try first a simple way.

 

Click Microsoft Edge on the Taskbar > search for Google Chrome > Download and install > launch Chrome > Log in > go to settings, Sync Everything.

Your bookmarks will be displayed.   They will be stored on Windows in a newly created folder, Your user profile (Hidden)


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forgot to mention, obviously I didn't use sync or a google account to back these up.

Also, the drive I'm trying to get bookmarks from is not
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks)

It's D: drive, The new windows 10 is C drive.


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You sais

"I then bought a new 1TB SSD and Windows 10 and was able to get most of my stuff back but I can't find the Chrome bookmark file(s) in

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks)"

 

If you have not installed Chrome on the new 1TB drive??? Then that folder will not be present.

 

Why are you trying to find the folder on the old crashed drive?


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i made a mistake and meant to write D drive (crashed 8.1 one), not C which is my current new 1TB windows 10. 

 

I'm trying to find the files on the old crashed drive obviously because I did not back them up. 

 

I read various other forum threads which say your chrome bookmarks DO get removed from -Refresh Your PC without Affecting You Files-, but they should be moved to a newly created folder C:\Windows.old (or maybe in my case D:\), either way, I don't see the chrome or bookmarks files. 
 
I was suggested Everything.exe and search for bookmarks and if not found assume it's gone. Remember this is a failed Refresh that keeps freezing at %3 'Setting Up a Few More Things", suposidly from the drive itseld running out of space, so maybe it never finished the :\Windows.old Chrome copying. 
 
I do have Show Hidden Files and Folders enabled. 
Someone said it could be in "Default" or "Profile 1" or "Profile 2".
 
 
Also was suggested:
If System Restore was enabled on the crashed drive you might be able to get your bookmarks using Shadow Explorer. Download the portable version. 
Read the documentation. Click the dropdown box to select your drive letter of the crashed drive. If it finds any Restore Point it should let you browse to your Chrome Folder
 
 
If neither works, I'll wait a few more days and maybe someone will come along with another solution, if not, then the drive is getting broken up into pieces and I'll definitely be sure to synch or back up bookmarks regularly for now on. 

Edited by killbill1231, 21 March 2021 - 01:43 AM.

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Have you installed chrome on your new drive?


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no, I didn't install chrome on the new drive. I thought that might confuse the computer or something, or should I install it? I guess I'll try now and try all the previous checks I have. I can always uninstall chrome right after this too. 

 

In the crashed drive, I clicked on windows.old or Windows.old(1) and got a permission error. tried again and pressed Continue as admininstrator and it shows the files (but no google folder or bookmarks where it would be). 
 
 
Everything.exe doesn't find anything for 'bookmark' except for my current Edge C drive. Everything.exe does search both C and E (crashed) drive confirmed by searching for things only found on the E drive. BTW D:/ is the crashed drive too but is System Reserved and only a few Temp and Recovery files (a blank Recovery.text file) files. 
 
 
With Windows 10 now installed, when I boot with both drives connected, W10 flashes a press any key to skip disc checking, for once I let that go through and it actually did complete and said it was doing it for the crashed E:/ drive, but seems like nothing changed and still can't find files. I then tried booting with only the E drive connected hoping it was somehow fixed but it did the same freeze at %3 "setting up a few more things" then red error box Restart the installation to proceed (or something like that, which would likely wipe everything though). 
 
I then Tried ShadowExplorer but it shows nothing at all in the right window for D and E crashed 8.1 drive. C:/ (current Windows 10) shows it correclty like the instructions say "This is what ShadowExplorer looks like if everything works correctly."
So I guess there's not even a system restore point saved on the crashed drive, correct? I did have system restore enabled on that drive. I think I even tried that before 'Refresh your PC without affecting your files' caused this whole problem. 
 
BTW, I uninstalled Everything.exe though control panel but I don't see ShadowExplorer to now uninstall it. Is it not shown because it's just the portable zip version I downloaded to desktop and is not actually an installed program, and I could just delete those files? 
 
 
 
Last thing I'll try after any more suggestions if any, is boot with the 8.1 CD and only the 8.1 drive and Do whatever install option it shows least likely to wipe everything and hope that fixes it at least to make a Windows.old folder or something. I think the only option it has now though is to fully format and reinstall windows deleting anything on there now. 

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Someone asked if I installed Chrome on the new windows 10 drive, didn't say why but I'll do that now and do these checks again and can delete Chrome right after. I do plan on switching back to Chrome once this is all over (either solved or not). 
 
also will try now: "A good option would be to try Recuva, a hard drive recovery program, and see if it can find the deleted copy of the Bookmarks file."
 
UPDATE:
I installed Chrome to my new non-problem drive, searched the old drive for files, tried Everything.exe again but it found nothing. There's no new Google or Chrome folder in the crashed drive in E:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks
I also made sure to save a new bookmark in chrome because I read the boobkmark files won't even be created until you save one. 
 
 
I then tried Recuva and set it to search the E:/
Recuva found 1.9 million E:/ files.
Then Searched 'bookmark' in Everything.exe didn't find anything on the E:/ but maybe it doesn't search Recuva results
 
 
Searched Recuva results, I specified 'bookmark' in E:/ didn't find anything. It takes a while like 30 mins to do a full 1.9 million file scan but I ended up doing that twice since unsure exactly how to search for a specific file name, then I clicked FILE NAME row top bar to show results in alphabetical order and scroll to b, and I do see several 'excellent' condition 'bookmark' files. Some are unrecoverable, or very poor but there's 5 Excellent. 
 
There's 3 excellent named bookmarks, bookmarks_1, and bookmarks_3
And 2 excellent bookmarks.bak and bookmarks_1.bak
 
But I exported them to desktop, and when I copy paste them to my current chrome folder and overwite the existing, neither combination of any of these brings back any old bookmarks.
Is there a special way to do this? convert it to html or something and Import option Chrome has?

Edited by killbill1231, 21 March 2021 - 05:21 AM.

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You are trying fixes from multiple help forums, a really bad practice, and have successfully messed up your system, including a now corrupt Boot Loader.

 Stop trying things willy-nilly, disconnect the crashed drive, as you can't find your bookmarks where they are supposed to be.   You may try recovering your Data at a later Date.

 

Answer all my questions.

1.   With your C:\ drive connected > Boot (did chkdsk run?)

2.   Start Chrome > log in > Go to Settings > Turn on sync, if not already enabled.

3.   Click on the, sync and google services, > click, Manage what you sync > click the radio button, Sync everything. > close the settings window.

4.   Log off of Chrome > Log back on again.

5.   Open a new tab > Copy and paste the following in the search bar >https://support.goog...r/3024190?hl=en

Follow the instructions to see if you have any Data stored, and download if possible.

Post back results.


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I get  Error! The file is invalid. Try again! when I try to convert these bookmark and bookmark.bak files which Recuva recovered when using this tool that's supposed to convert them to usable .html 

https://rongjiecompu...covery/#windows

 

The only information I found on that are these two non-english translated posts, basically saying the files might be unusable?

https://support.goog...223653?hl=pt-BR

https://www.drwindows.de/xf/threads/chrome-bak-datei-beschädigt.148054/

 

BTW, I know I ended up with bookmark, bookmarks_1 and bookmarks_2 because they would have otherwise overwrite each other. So I remove the _1 and _2 before trying to just copy paste them into the chrome folder. But I think I need to convert them first anyway.  Recuva says they're Excellent condition and does have other bookmark files in Poor or Unusable condition which I didn't extract from the results. 

 

I right click these files>properties, it says it's either a 'file' for the bookmarks and the .bak ones says it's a .bak file. 

When I try to open these files, I get a bunch of weird symbols like this á¥Wïø. 

I don't want to copy paste too much in case there's a password or something in there.

I don't know what format this is, maybe there's something that can just convert it to english and then I can at least have text of what the bookmarks were?


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I get  Error! The file is invalid. Try again! when I try to convert these bookmark and bookmark.bak files which Recuva recovered when using this tool that's supposed to convert them to usable .html 

https://rongjiecompu...covery/#windows

 

The only information I found on that are these two non-english translated posts, basically saying the files might be unusable?

https://support.goog...223653?hl=pt-BR

https://www.drwindows.de/xf/threads/chrome-bak-datei-beschädigt.148054/

 

BTW, I know I ended up with bookmark, bookmarks_1 and bookmarks_2 because they would have otherwise overwrite each other. So I remove the _1 and _2 before trying to just copy paste them into the chrome folder. But I think I need to convert them first anyway.  Recuva says they're Excellent condition and does have other bookmark files in Poor or Unusable condition which I didn't extract from the results. 

 

I right click these files>properties, it says it's either a 'file' for the bookmarks and the .bak ones says it's a .bak file. 

When I try to open these files, I get a bunch of weird symbols like this á¥Wïø. 

I don't want to copy paste too much in case there's a password or something in there.

I don't know what format this is, maybe there's something that can just convert it to english and then I can at least have text of what the bookmarks were?

 

Maybe extracting directly to desktop makes it a shortcut and I should have instead extracted to a folder. I'll try another Recuva scan in the meantime but doubtful that I only extracted Shortcuts to the decktop from Recuva.


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I get  Error! The file is invalid. Try again! when I try to convert these bookmark and bookmark.bak files which Recuva recovered when using this tool that's supposed to convert them to usable .html 

https://rongjiecompu...covery/#windows

 

The only information I found on that are these two non-english translated posts, basically saying the files might be unusable?

https://support.goog...223653?hl=pt-BR

https://www.drwindows.de/xf/threads/chrome-bak-datei-beschädigt.148054/

 

BTW, I know I ended up with bookmark, bookmarks_1 and bookmarks_2 because they would have otherwise overwrite each other. So I remove the _1 and _2 before trying to just copy paste them into the chrome folder. But I think I need to convert them first anyway.  Recuva says they're Excellent condition and does have other bookmark files in Poor or Unusable condition which I didn't extract from the results. 

 

I right click these files>properties, it says it's either a 'file' for the bookmarks and the .bak ones says it's a .bak file. 

When I try to open these files, I get a bunch of weird symbols like this á¥Wïø. 

I don't want to copy paste too much in case there's a password or something in there.

I don't know what format this is, maybe there's something that can just convert it to english and then I can at least have text of what the bookmarks were?

 

Maybe extracting directly to desktop makes it a shortcut and I should have instead extracted to a folder. I'll try another Recuva scan in the meantime but doubtful that I only extracted Shortcuts to the decktop from Recuva.


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I get  Error! The file is invalid. Try again! when I try to convert these bookmark and bookmark.bak files which Recuva recovered when using this tool that's supposed to convert them to usable .html 

https://rongjiecompu...covery/#windows

 

The only information I found on that are these two non-english translated posts, basically saying the files might be unusable?

https://support.goog...223653?hl=pt-BR

https://www.drwindows.de/xf/threads/chrome-bak-datei-beschädigt.148054/

 

BTW, I know I ended up with bookmark, bookmarks_1 and bookmarks_2 because they would have otherwise overwrite each other. So I remove the _1 and _2 before trying to just copy paste them into the chrome folder. But I think I need to convert them first anyway.  Recuva says they're Excellent condition and does have other bookmark files in Poor or Unusable condition which I didn't extract from the results. 

 

I right click these files>properties, it says it's either a 'file' for the bookmarks and the .bak ones says it's a .bak file. 

When I try to open these files, I get a bunch of weird symbols like this á¥Wïø. 

I don't want to copy paste too much in case there's a password or something in there.

I don't know what format this is, maybe there's something that can just convert it to english and then I can at least have text of what the bookmarks were?

 

Maybe extracting directly to desktop makes it a shortcut and I should have instead extracted to a folder. I'll try another Recuva scan in the meantime but doubtful that I only extracted Shortcuts to the decktop from Recuva.


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Read my post #9


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You are trying fixes from multiple help forums, a really bad practice, and have successfully messed up your system, including a now corrupt Boot Loader.

 Stop trying things willy-nilly, disconnect the crashed drive, as you can't find your bookmarks where they are supposed to be.   You may try recovering your Data at a later Date.

 

Answer all my questions.

1.   With your C:\ drive connected > Boot (did chkdsk run?)

2.   Start Chrome > log in > Go to Settings > Turn on syncif not already enabled.

3.   Click on the, sync and google services, > click, Manage what you sync > click the radio button, Sync everything. > close the settings window.

4.   Log off of Chrome > Log back on again.

5.   Open a new tab > Copy and paste the following in the search bar > https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190  

Follow the instructions to see if you have any Data stored, and download if possible.

Post back results.

 

 

 

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I think I skipped over this thinking you assumed that I synched anything in the past. I have never had a google account nor synched anything. 

 

Corrupt boot loader? 

Should I fresh reinstall Windows 10 when I'm all done with this problem?

 

"disconnect the crashed drive, as you can't find your bookmarks where they are supposed to be.   You may try recovering your Data at a later Date.

 

Answer all my questions.

1.   With your C:\ drive connected > Boot (did chkdsk run?)"

 

You want me to remove the crashed drive and run chkdsk run for the good/new Windows 10 drive?

I don't even understand , should I be using cmd prompt or does W10 already have a shortcut for checkdisk?

 

The link you provided says can't be found. 


Edited by killbill1231, 21 March 2021 - 07:39 PM.

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