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May 14, 2013, 09:34:16 PM
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Long story short: 
  • Running RAID0
  • Updated Mobo Bios - broke fakeraid
  • Was going to use TestDisk to rebuild the MBR, screwed up and acidentally "quick formatted" the array
  • Used TestDisk, PhotoRec, and another piece of software to rebuild the inode index and get all of my data back

It appears that ALL of my data is intact and works.  PDFs, mp3s, mkvs, xlsx, vsd, etc - anything important I cared about.  Except one thing:  my bitcoin wallet.

I've went through a few threads and found pywallet recovery, bitcointools, and I think one other thing.  I can't seem to get anything to work.

I have a .dat file, which correct me if I'm wrong, appears to be my key that encrypts my wallet.  Then in my C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Bitcoin - I have directory structure that looks like it's all there.  I have wallet.dat, wallet_000.dat, wallet_001.dat, wallet_002.dat, and other files.

If I install bitcoin-qt on a brand new machine and move these .dat files to the directory, Bitcoin just tells me wallet.data corrupt, salvage failed.

I continously get this error in my Linux VM (or even my live disk for that matter):
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ERROR:root:Couldn't open wallet.dat/main. Try quitting Bitcoin and running this again.

Anyone have any pointers? 
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May 17, 2013, 06:39:32 PM
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I was able to salvage a wallet that sort of repaired itself.  However, out of the 22.7 BTC, it is missing 10 BTC, which is actually one transaction... so one trans is missing from the wallet :-/

I guess it's a great start, now not sure if I can recover the rest.
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May 17, 2013, 07:05:50 PM
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I was able to salvage a wallet that sort of repaired itself.  However, out of the 22.7 BTC, it is missing 10 BTC, which is actually one transaction... so one trans is missing from the wallet :-/

I guess it's a great start, now not sure if I can recover the rest.

Is your Bitcoin client updated ? and try to export your private key.
If you got it back your money is back.
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May 17, 2013, 07:09:15 PM
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Yes, I did a completely new install of Windows on a separate hard drive - so it has the latest Bitcoin client.
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May 17, 2013, 07:12:36 PM
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Yes, I did a completely new install of Windows on a separate hard drive - so it has the latest Bitcoin client.

I mean is it fully sync'd?
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May 17, 2013, 07:31:10 PM
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Seeing this on starting Bitcoin:



And then this when the cliengt is fully loaded, so yes, fully synced:



https://blockchain.info/address/14TDV1QqzVAE2dYvwxGswyCDSvVyR5eXdQ

From Bitminter:

2013.05.07 - 21:11   Cash out to 14TDV1QqzVAE2dYvwxGswyCDSvVyR5eXdQ Transfer to BTC address   2.00673530 BTC
2013.05.05 - 15:53   Cash out to 14TDV1QqzVAE2dYvwxGswyCDSvVyR5eXdQ Transfer to BTC address   10.02281357 BTC   
2013.04.24 - 10:34   Cash out to 14TDV1QqzVAE2dYvwxGswyCDSvVyR5eXdQ Transfer to BTC address   10.05643175 BTC

I'm under the impression that I should either have all of the coins at 14TDV1QqzVAE2dYvwxGswyCDSvVyR5eXdQ ... or none of them.

Help? Smiley
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May 17, 2013, 07:58:34 PM
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use -rescan command

read more about it here

http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/1249/how-exactly-does-rescan-work
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=7159.0

Ps: don't forget to save backup of wallet.dat in safe place.
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May 17, 2013, 08:09:17 PM
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use -rescan command

read more about it here

http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/1249/how-exactly-does-rescan-work
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=7159.0

Ps: don't forget to save backup of wallet.dat in safe place.

Aaaaand it worked.  Thank you sir.
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May 17, 2013, 08:10:58 PM
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You are welcome dude Smiley

Don't forget to take backup of wallet now and make sure to keep your pc secure.
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