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If you no longer see your bookmarks, they are not necessarily lost. This article outlines a few methods of retrieving "lost" bookmarks, and also deals with future prevention.
Recovering lost bookmarks
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Recovery procedure if you haven't closed since losing bookmarks
If you haven't closed Firefox/Mozilla Suite after you first noticed you lost your bookmarks, you may be able to recover them using this method. In your profile folder, look for files whose names start with "bookmarks" (they can have different extensions). The largest one or the one with the latest modified date. If you wish, you can open the file with Firefox/Mozilla Suite or any browser to make sure it's the right one. Do not completely close Firefox/Mozilla Suite yet. Copy the chosen file to a safe location (such as My Documents or the desktop on Windows XP) and rename it "bookmarks.html", if it isn't already. Now, close Firefox/Mozilla Suite and copy the file back into your profile folder, overwriting the existing bookmarks.html file. Restart Firefox/Mozilla Suite, and check your bookmarks.
Other methods of recovery