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I've been using Chrome, then it crashed. If I restart the computer and reopen Chrome, there will be a Restore button.

But what actually happened was that I restarted in Safe mode, and when I reopen Chrome (while in safe mode), it's blank (no Restore button, just a blank window). I quickly sensed trouble and restarted the computer back into normal mode again. But after that, when I reopen Chrome there's still no Restore button to be found! In the homepage, the Recently Closed isn't showing at all.

Basically I was wondering how do I do a restore now that the button is gone?

As soon as I've realised I'm in deep soup, I quickly did a backup of the profile:

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As we can see, the Last Session and Last Tabs are 1KB each.. zz. I was wondering does anyone have any knowledge about the History Index and if I could do a restore using it?

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C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --restore-last-session (suggestion was to create a shortcut since this appears to not be a one time occurance, I have created the shortcut, but have not tested it yet.)

Wayyyy back someone posted this solution for basically manually pulling the tabs even after missing the .1 sec 'RESTORE' FROM CRASH.

But I was able to recover my tabs and here is what I did. -

  • kill your Chrome via task manager
    • go to \Users\%username\%AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • rename "Current Session" to "Current Session.old"
    • rename "Current Tabs" to "Current Tabs.old"
    • Then rename -- "Last session" to "Current Session" & -- "Last Tabs" to "Current Tabs"
    • Restart Chrome and there you go !!

This worked after CTRL-SHIFT-T would not (no response for even the 1st tab), and after Right Click on new tab and selecting 'restore' was greyed out. Of course I already had the Settings|'On Startup|Continue where I left off' selected long ago to no avail.

Now if we could only get Google from crashing in the 1st place.

I will be checking out SessionBuddy extension for Chrome as well, but this solved last nights dilemma.

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+1 Awesome (I missed the 1 second (!?) restore from crash notification - damn you Chrome!) - For those using XP... C:\Documents and Settings\%username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default –  w3d Sep 22 '13 at 10:32
LastSession and Last Tabs are both 0 bytes. I really doubt this is going to work. –  mcv Nov 22 '13 at 12:11
+1 Awesome, this saved me from a lot of trouble. Thanks! I would give it 2 upvotes, but that is not possible :( –  jaraics Jan 23 '14 at 17:14
Great answer! It saved me once more, so I honored it with a bounty. Thanks again! –  jaraics Jan 31 '14 at 8:44

The History Index files contain your navigation history. The one without dates is from the current month.

With regards to restoring the previous session, try passing --restore-last-session in the command line.

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This is working however my "last session" is now not the session I wanted anymore (when it crashed), I'd guess essentially what is required is a --restore-last-last-session or a way to copy around the data in C:\pocket\chrome such that I can get the --restore-last-session to restore the "crashed session". –  Pacerier Oct 3 '11 at 18:18
Sorry, there is no way to do this, as it only preserves the current and last sessions. –  Aluísio A. S. G. Oct 3 '11 at 22:15
Where does Chrome save the data for the sessions before the previous session? –  Pacerier Oct 5 '11 at 1:30
It doesn't. Only the current and previous sessions are stored. –  Aluísio A. S. G. Oct 5 '11 at 23:55
Gosh this is the first problem I have that has no solutions! –  Pacerier Oct 6 '11 at 13:15

Take a look at the recently closed link

Chrome recent closed

Your previous tabs are likely to be there.

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I've checked that initially. It wasn't there. Now there is but it is looking like this: screenshoot.me/WHzjfA –  Pacerier Oct 3 '11 at 18:09

I have (what I think is) a surefire way of restoring your tabs, as long as you haven't recently deleted your internet history.

Go to history in your browser (ctrl+h) and keep scrolling until you start recognizing the links/pages you lost in the crash. Every tab you're looking for should be there in a row. The reason they are, is that Chrome saves your whole sessions every time you start it up.

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