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June 01, 2011, 11:17:05 AM
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Hello there.

I first heard about bitcoins in october 09 and generated them for ~1 year before I changed OS and didn't restart generating. With the recent press coverage I remembered about bitcoins and I (luckily) still had my old OS partition intact. The question is: I have the client version 0.1.5. Is it safe to use this for transaction? Do I NEED to update? Can I update from such and old version?

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June 01, 2011, 11:17:58 AM
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It should be safe to upgrade.

Make sure you backup your wallet.dat a few times just in case, though. As long as you have a safe copy of your wallet nothing bad can happen.


Bitcoin Core developer [PGP] Warning: For most, coin loss is a larger risk than coin theft. A disk can die any time. Regularly back up your wallet through FileBackup Wallet to an external storage or the (encrypted!) cloud. Use a separate offline wallet for storing larger amounts.
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June 01, 2011, 11:20:32 AM
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What changes are there in new clients?
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June 01, 2011, 11:43:39 AM
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There are important changes since that version, including bug fixes. I recommend you updating, but as said above, make backups of your wallet always. Smiley

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June 01, 2011, 02:20:51 PM
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I first heard about bitcoins in october 09 and generated them for ~1 year . . .

Oh wow. That stash must be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars by now. Congratulations!!!

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June 01, 2011, 05:10:53 PM
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actually, you cant use a wallet.dat that old with the new clients. but if you sent me your wallet.dat, i can convert it manually to work with the current client software.  Cool

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June 01, 2011, 06:39:59 PM
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Since no one is asking the question we are all wondering... how much exactly DO you have stored up in bitcoins right now?
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June 01, 2011, 06:43:57 PM
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Since no one is asking the question we are all wondering... how much exactly DO you have stored up in bitcoins right now?

I recommend that you not answer that unless/until the wallet file is sitting in one or more safety deposit boxes, and no other copies exist.

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June 01, 2011, 07:31:40 PM
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so how many coins did you generate back then? what was your BTC/day rate...
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June 01, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
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What changes are there in new clients?
The most important change was a fix of an overflow bug. This bug was "exploited", however the exploit failed after more than 50% of the clients switched to the bug-fixed version (0.3.9?). So you do need to backup your wallet.dat then install a recent copy of bitcoin then copy your backed-up wallet.dat over the freshly-installed empty one.
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June 02, 2011, 01:15:00 AM
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yes, I'm also curious to know how many did you mine on that days

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