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Since your Favorites are stored in a folder on your machine, backing them up in case of a system crash is a quick and painless process.


Is there a way to save my 'Favorites' in case of a system crash?


Favorites is just a folder on your machine. In Windows XP it's probably in c:\documents and settings\-username-\Favorites, where "-username-" is replaced with the name you used to log into Windows. Copy that directory and its subdirectories off somewhere, and it's been saved.

However, if you're worried about a system crash then you may want to consider backing up more than your favorites.

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November 21, 2005 5:47 PM

Yes, I know of a way to access favorites from any computer and its free at I can also save links and password hints so I never have to e-mail for lost passwords. I have gone through several hard drives on my personal computer but have never lost my links and favorates that I have at

January 21, 2007 9:10 AM

but if you do it this way, it keeps asking if we want to skip or try we ultimately have to to this ---so we don't get to save all of them going to the C drive JO

March 21, 2008 12:00 PM

Smiple they are just small files and folders. Just create a new folder on your desktop then drag and drop them into that folder. Now copy the folder to a CD or floppy or print them out.

July 2, 2008 4:45 PM

I was making backup copies of files. Unbeknown to me when I click and drag on my laptop I must hold down the ctrl key to drag a copy otherwise it moves the file. This works different from my home PC and as a result I inadvertently cut the favourites out of the system. How do I paste a copy back where it belongs?

May 19, 2009 11:55 AM


I like to use Favoritus to save my favorites links online:


August 20, 2009 4:24 AM

You could also use its nicer to look at and much easier to import your favorites

David Spector
November 29, 2009 4:55 AM

Note that all of the above applies to Internet Explorer only. Each browser stores its Favorites and other data in its own folders. For example, Firefox stores most of its user data in a "profile" folder that isn't quite as easy to find (on my system it is in C:\Documents and Settings\David\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\mmnxipb2.default and much of the data is stored in SQLITE database files, which can not ony be backed up but also can be individually edited using any freeware SQLITE database manager program).

January 12, 2010 5:45 AM

Do you know how and where I can find my favorites folder in Chrome?

January 18, 2010 12:42 PM

I use
it is the best way to save your bookmarks

June 30, 2011 11:32 AM

Here's a great tutorial on how to save favorites in the latest versions of the most popular browsers. Includes Firefox 5, Chrome and internet explorer. It's got lots of screenshots so it's real easy to follow along

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