Partial Sync/Bookmark Recovery Issue

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Description of the issue:
I had a sync chain going from a windows desktop → android device, sharing passwords and open tabs.
The original windows device died, so I extended the sync chain via android device to another windows desktop. I then turned on bookmark sync, and this recovered the 2nd half of the bookmarks (in terms of order of bookmarks, not age) from the original device.
I would like to recover the full list of original bookmarks, and would like advice on options as the partial recovery suggests perhaps a full recovery is feasible and I can try data recovery on the dead device.
Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.

  1. setup sync chain from desktop → android. set shared info to include passwords and tabs
  2. take original device offline
  3. extend sync chain from android to other windows device.
  4. turn on bookmark sync from either mobile or the 2nd device

Reproduces how often:

Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu):
Current versions on Windows ( V1.36.122) and Android ( v1.36.122)
For the dead original device, I am unsure of version number, but it was the latest Windows version as of 3/20/2022.

Type of devices currently running on the Sync chain in question:
Windows laptops, android mobile

Additional Information:
I am not sure if my sync chain permissions prior to recovery attempts were originally more greedy and included shared bookmarks at some point earlier only.

Hi and welcome to the community. :smiley:

I don’t know much about Sync, I only use one device and even though I have Sync enabled, I have never had to restore saved data. I think… I’m pretty sure… if you have your bookmarks folder and/or backup from the old device backed up externally, you can use that folder to replace the folder on the new device. Also, if you exported your bookmarks on the old device to a saved file (html), you can import that to the new device.

Unfortunately, as far as I know, you have to have access to the old device backup and save files/folders to restore completely since it was that device that initiated the sync chain. Could be wrong on this one though. Maybe someone with more experience can jump in and confirm or help.