Mozilla has just released version 3.6.10 of Firefox to fix a startup bug that affected a small number of users. You may want to consider updating to this latest version. But before you do, consider backing up your existing Firefox profile.
No doubt, you’ve invested much time and energy in setting up your Firefox bookmarks, extensions, add-ons, and other personal settings that work just for you, and which provide you with an effective, and efficient, browsing experience.
Personally, I have literally hundreds of bookmarks (some going back 7 or 8 years), 20+ add-ons, and additional tweaks that make my version of Firefox unique to me.
I shudder to think what I would need to do to recapture this exact configuration if, for some reason, I lost all the years of work that went into massaging Firefox to meet my exact personal requirements.
Luckily, I don’t have to lose any sleep over this possibility, since I frequently back up all of this critical data with MozBackup, a free tiny utility that all Firefox users should consider adding to their toolbox.
In addition to backing up a Firefox profile, MozBackup will create profile backups for the following applications – Mozilla Thunderbird, Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape.
Lets run through a backup session for Firefox.
Open the application (be sure Firefox is not running) and follow the prompts as indicated in the following screen captures.
Please note, as shown in the above graphic, I backup to my E: drive, and not to my system drive. You should take the same precaution, and backup to a non-system partition, or a USB drive.
Frankly, after backing up my profile to a non-system partition, I then backup the same profile to a USB key. I will not take the risk of losing years of work through happenstance.
The backup is now complete – all in a matter of a few minutes.
Recovery is just as simple. Just start the application (be sure Firefox is not running), and follow the bouncing ball. In just a few moments, your previously backed up critical data will be restored.
MozBackup is one of the most important tools in my utility toolbox, and I strongly recommend it to all Firefox users.
For a lesson in just how important this application can be, please see CoolPreviews – You Ruined My Day!
System requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional requirements: Mozilla Firefox
Download at: the developers site.
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