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June 06, 2011, 06:46:39 PM
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Will I lose my wallet if I reinstall? I have Bitcoins waiting to be transferred to my client but It seems my Bitcoin client is stuck and not downloading blocks. Will my Bitcoins not recognize my address once I delete and reinstall? Thanks for your help!
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According to NIST and ECRYPT II, the cryptographic algorithms used in Bitcoin are expected to be strong until at least 2030. (After that, it will not be too difficult to transition to different algorithms.)
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June 06, 2011, 06:48:49 PM
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Make sure you keep the wallet.dat file. That's about it.

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June 06, 2011, 06:54:13 PM
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Your bitcoin client is probably "stuck" because it is having difficulty connecting to the IRC channel where it finds other clients it can connect to in the network.  There has been so much interest in bitcoin lately that it can take an hour or more to establish some solid connections, and then another couple of hours to download blocks.  So, I would recommend you just be patient.
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June 06, 2011, 07:04:15 PM
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Well I have had this problem for the last 24 hours  Undecided.  Somehow  I can't find my wallet.dat file now? Looked for hidden files and still no luck. Will my bitcoins eventually come to me or have they been lost by now?
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June 06, 2011, 07:07:22 PM
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Found the wallet.dat running %APPDATA%\BitCoin
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June 06, 2011, 07:18:45 PM
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Back up wallet.dat just because you should, but a reinstall should not overwrite it.

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