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  • After incorrect shutdown and restart Opera informed me that preference file is damaged. I've lost all my bookmarks and I wish to know how to recover them.

    Opera 29.0

  • People say there might be shadow copies.
    Otherwise the user shall make back-up copies of certain stuff time to time.
    Now, it's the matter of whether your damaged file(s) has not been overwritten by the browser yet. In that case, try not to use it till you get some advice on how to find those files - if it's possible to recover data from them.

  • If you're running Windows and have its built in shadow copying enabled on the system and drive where the bookmarks file is located, navigate to that file's folder and locate the bookmarks file. Right click it, select Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab at the top of the panel. If there are previous versions stored in the shadow copy records, a list by date and location will appear after a sometimes long search time. You can select an appropriately dated version in order to replace the current version of the file. Do any file replacement/restoration with Opera turned off. Note that shadow copies are only created if the option has been enabled; also, the shadow copy space is limited, and very old files eventually may be removed to make space for new files, over time.