I need a bit of help. Due to all the security issues, I thought I should put my bitcoin wallet into an encrypted location. I use Truecrypt, so I created an encrypted file and transferred the bitcoin folder there. I then edited my shortcut with the -datadir= attributed and pointed it to the folder in the encrypted drive.
Everything seems to be working fine, except my bitcoins aren't showing up in the client. I know the client is pointing in the correct location because I tried deleting all the files in the direction (except the wallet file) and sure enough, on re-opening the bitcoin client, the files got regenerated. So I'm pretty sure it's looking in the right location. However, now I have a new bitcoin address and my balance is 0.
I looked through the forums. I saw suggestions to clear the bitcoin direction and let the client re-download the block files. While all the files seem to be regenerated, the client isn't accessing the network to do anything. Upon first re-opening it, I had some connections, but now my connections are listed as 0, and nothing is really going on. I thought maybe I had to be patient, but it appears as though nothing is really happening.
Am I doing something wrong? Do I just need to wait for many hours?
Many thanks for your help!