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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
    I was trying to reorganize them by dragging /dropping a folder of saved links in the "All Bookmarks" view when I got an error message telling that they were syncing and I couldn't do that. When I went back two folders of links were missing. I found bookmarks.plist in my library/safari folder, but can't find it in Time Machine (Library folder is hidden and the normal tricks in Finder don't seem to work in TM).

    Ideas? I have over a couple hundred links I've collected and really need to recover them.

    Thanks

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    I don't know about Time Machine. My suggestion is for after you get your bookmarks back.

    Download another browser. Export your bookmarks from Safari and import them into the other browser. It will function as a back up for you. Periodically do the export-import routine to keep the back up current. I know this will work with Firefox, not sure about Chrome, et. al.

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    But no one knows how to recover them?

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    Click on your Time Machine drive in Finder. Work your way to /Users/yourname/Library/Safari in the latest backup (not the one that says "Latest", the latest dated one).
    Or the one just before you did this. Copy bookmarks.plist to your user folder on your boot drive. Put it in your current Library/Safari. Should be ok to go.
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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    If you navigate to ~/library/safari and then open Time Machine, does that work? (note you need to launch TM from the dock)

    Alternatively you can try Easyfind it's free and can earch your hard disk or TM backup, including hidden files.

    If you find what you're after make sure you copy the file not move it.
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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    Problem is that the library folder is hidden and the normal tricks that you would use in Finder to unhide it don't work in TM. That said, I typed bookmarks.plist in the search window and it was odd which ones TM would elect to show...eventually by moving around in time I was able to find one that was real close to the one I needed. Not as intuitive as I'd hoped but eventually worked.

    Thanks

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lrd View Post
    Problem is that the library folder is hidden and the normal tricks that you would use in Finder to unhide it don't work in TM.
    That's why I suggested what I did. Regardless, glad you got them recovered
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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    Is your ~/Library folder visible in your user folder? If you want it to be, open a Terminal and type:
    sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library/
    Input your login password (you wont see any input but it's there). It should also show up on your Time Machine drive.
    Here is mine, no problem finding things. This is my backup drive in Finder, Not Time Machine app.
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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Is your ~/Library folder visible in your user folder? If you want it to be, open a Terminal and type:
    sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library/
    Input your login password (you wont see any input but it's there). It should also show up on your Time Machine drive.
    Here is mine, no problem finding things. This is my backup drive in Finder, Not Time Machine app.
    I did that, but it didn't unhide the ~/library in TM (until then I left it hidden because I knew I could get to it with the option key)

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    That's why I suggested what I did. Regardless, glad you got them recovered
    Problem is your suggestion did not work for dates prior to unhiding the ~/library folder

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    The terminal command should have worked. Once the user library has been made visible, it will appear in all of your apps including Time Machine.

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    Then please tell that to my iMac because it fails to listen to me

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.

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    OK, now I'm getting really cranky. I've "restored" my bookmarks.plist more than once and then when I go back the folder I'm looking for is gone again. What in the H&^%# is going on? I am getting so tired of the "it just works" crap...

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    Lost many of my Safari bookmarks.
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    What folder are you looking for? Where are you looking?

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