Gold is Fool's Gold
Gold is Fool's Gold --- if you don't have a current "AOL" backup from Gold and you lose your system, you are screwed. Gold is tied to the system it is installed on and NOTHING can be recovered without signing on to your system that is now trashed.
That is total ******** !!
You can create a back-up of your personal data file, by using the Export feature in AOL Desktop Gold, and restore the back-up using the Import feature.
The back-up created with the Export feature, can be stored on an external storage device, and moved to another device. To learn more about the Import and Export features, check the section titled ‘Export and import mail and personal data in Desktop Gold’ from the following article: https://help.aol.com/articles/aol-desktop-importing-your-personal-information (edited)