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May 09, 2013, 10:24:11 PM
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I can't get past the passphrase.  I'm using the Bitcoin-QT wallet.  I encrypted it.  I'm looking through my paperwork and found something with "Blockchain" credentials.  Shouldn't this be it?  I'm losing my mind trying to figure this out.
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May 09, 2013, 10:26:30 PM
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Probably not.  Blockchain credentials "probably" refers to http://blockchain.info eWallet.

If you can determine the passphrase your coins are lost unless the passphrase is very weak or you know the majority of the passphrase.  The wallet is resistant to brute force attacking and there are (for obvious reasons) no backdoors or overrides.  Strong encryption means strong encryption.
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May 09, 2013, 10:28:29 PM
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no keep guessing
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May 09, 2013, 10:30:59 PM
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How would I go about getting another instance of the wallet so that I can start fresh.  I have the current wallet file backed up in case I end up remembering the passphrase.  Can two wallets exist independently of one another?
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May 09, 2013, 11:01:46 PM
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anyone?
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May 10, 2013, 12:26:20 AM
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How would I go about getting another instance of the wallet so that I can start fresh.  I have the current wallet file backed up in case I end up remembering the passphrase.  Can two wallets exist independently of one another?

Double check you have a backup of the wallet.dat file.  Ensure the client is closed, then delete the wallet.dat in the bitcoin datadir.  Restart the bitcoin client and it will produce a new wallet.dat.  Right away BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE
a) encrypt the wallet
b) ensure you can decrypt the wallet
c) make an offline backup of the passphrase
d) make a backup of the encrypted wallet.dat file
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May 10, 2013, 01:26:58 AM
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I opened the bitcoin-Qt folder and I see a src folder and daemon folder.  I did a search on *.dat and it's coming up blank.  Am I looking in the right area?
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May 10, 2013, 01:28:33 AM
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I opened the bitcoin-Qt folder and I see a src folder and daemon folder.  I did a search on *.dat and it's coming up blank.  Am I looking in the right area?

No.  Data directory (folder) is in a different location.  Depends on your OS

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory


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May 10, 2013, 01:45:50 AM
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Thanks for all your help.  I was able to create a new wallet.  Too bad it's empty lol.  Glad I found out now instead of much later.
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