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October 29, 2017, 02:09:28 PM
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As tittle says, my friend does have a broken laptop with 200 btc in the offline wallet, it was since 2014

so I need help on how I can take the hardware out and get access to the wallet from another computer by inserting the hardware inside the other computer


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October 29, 2017, 02:11:55 PM
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Remove the hdd and plug it in a different computer. You could then use recuva to look for wallet.dat. But since this is such a large amount, I'd suggest taking it to a professional recovery service. They will ask for a decent amount of money, but there's a decent probability that you'll be able to recover the wallet. Good luck.

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October 29, 2017, 02:14:46 PM
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As tittle says, my friend does have a broken laptop with 200 btc in the offline wallet, it was since 2014

so I need help on how I can take the hardware out and get access to the wallet from another computer by inserting the hardware inside the other computer


Did he use windows, linux, something else?
Did he use Bitcoin QT or something else?

I guess that the data you need is in a file on the HDD (or SSD?) of that laptop.
And getting the disk out and putting it in another laptop may give a chance to recover the files.

Of course, you didn't say how is it "broken", but in most cases most files can be recovered. If you answer to my questions we can try to find out what file names to look for too.
First call would be: wallet.dat

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October 29, 2017, 02:33:38 PM
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As tittle says, my friend does have a broken laptop with 200 btc in the offline wallet, it was since 2014

so I need help on how I can take the hardware out and get access to the wallet from another computer by inserting the hardware inside the other computer


Did he use windows, linux, something else?
Did he use Bitcoin QT or something else?

I guess that the data you need is in a file on the HDD (or SSD?) of that laptop.
And getting the disk out and putting it in another laptop may give a chance to recover the files.

Of course, you didn't say how is it "broken", but in most cases most files can be recovered. If you answer to my questions we can try to find out what file names to look for too.
First call would be: wallet.dat

well the specialist tomorrow will come and help take out the hardware and plug it in other computer to recover
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October 29, 2017, 02:49:54 PM
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As long as the hdd isn't broken, you don't need a specialist.
All you need to do is take out the hdd put it in another pc or use an external hdd case, browse the hdd and find wallet.dat in roaming/bitcoin.

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October 29, 2017, 03:13:53 PM
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you better watch that specialist. don't let him take those bitcoins and tell you it's not possible to recover.
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October 29, 2017, 06:25:36 PM
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You'd better get some trustworthy people around while this specialist has a look.  The fact that they're dealing with over $1,000,000 might tempt them to try and steal the coins.  You need to make sure you have them overpowered and that you're watching them throughout every second of the process.
so I need help on how I can take the hardware out and get access to the wallet from another computer by inserting the hardware inside the other computer
It shouldn't be too hard, provided that the hard drive isn't broken.  You just need to look for the wallet.dat file.  That said, I can see why you're getting someone else to look at it, considering how devastating it would be if you lost that money.

How did you get so much money in the first place?  Even in 2014 it would have been shitloads of money.

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October 29, 2017, 07:01:46 PM
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Yeah you should watch him whole time as it's ALOT of money, was that wallet encrypted and does your friend remember the key?
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October 29, 2017, 07:05:05 PM
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Well that is not a issue, But your post is really incomplete and lack information. If your Friend's laptop is broken not a issue if the Hard Disk Drive is save in it, You can pull out Laptop's HDD and you can plug that hard drive in any PC and you can find the wallet file and you are good to go your a rich man. \
something you can hope for.

- HDD Is working
- Wallet is not encrypted with extra layer of security.
- Also you should hope that it really have 200 btc not 0.002 :v


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October 29, 2017, 07:15:37 PM
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Everytime when i see posts about that.
thinking about to create some backup cause my laptop not so good . i have question - i need to copy only wallet.dat to a new laptop ? Or there is some other ways to create backup to be safe.

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October 29, 2017, 09:39:35 PM
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Everytime when i see posts about that.
thinking about to create some backup cause my laptop not so good . i have question - i need to copy only wallet.dat to a new laptop ? Or there is some other ways to create backup to be safe.

Backing up wallet.dat is enough to be safe.

@OP:
What exactly is broken? If your hard drive is damaged you should be carefully.
Don't try to boot from this HDD anymore and dont access this HDD directly.
First you should clone the HDD and only work on the cloned, mounted copy. Additionally i would recommend to only
connect to the hard drive via Write-blocker (to make sure your OS does not write on the hard drive; this could lead to a loss of "deleted" files since they are marked
as available space). Write blocker cost about 50$. But when trying to access 200BTC i would rather spend those 50$ and not have my funds stolen by any
non-trustworthy it-repair-man or have wallet.dat corrupted..

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October 29, 2017, 10:15:52 PM
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Everytime when i see posts about that.
thinking about to create some backup cause my laptop not so good . i have question - i need to copy only wallet.dat to a new laptop ? Or there is some other ways to create backup to be safe.

Backing up wallet.dat is enough to be safe.

Or better yet, write down the seed onto a sheet of paper. That way you don't rely on storage devices that can fail, and it can be memorized. I've had my laptop's HDD fail requiring a replacement, and that might have caused all my BTC to be lost if I did not have a backup. This is assuming you are using a wallet that generates keys from seeds. You could also copy the wallet.dat onto a USB stick or something and store that safely so you don't lose your coins from losing your laptop.


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October 29, 2017, 10:28:25 PM
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Remove the hdd and plug it in a different computer. You could then use recuva to look for wallet.dat. But since this is such a large amount, I'd suggest taking it to a professional recovery service. They will ask for a decent amount of money, but there's a decent probability that you'll be able to recover the wallet. Good luck.

When you remove a hard drive from a laptop there's a low risk that static electricity from your body could damage it. Using a wrist band like this one from ebay can eliminate that risk. You wrap the strap around your wrist and clip it to a grounded source (like a copper water pipe).

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The OP could put his old laptop's hard drive into an enclosure like this one from ebay to test if it still works.

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October 29, 2017, 11:41:25 PM
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i have ledger nano s ... by what i see here this means i cant access my coins again if my hdd get broken or i get something wrong?

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October 30, 2017, 01:26:47 AM
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i have ledger nano s ... by what i see here this means i cant access my coins again if my hdd get broken or i get something wrong?
If you store coins or tokens in a hardware wallet, they are stored in the hardware wallet and not in the device you use to access it.

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October 30, 2017, 02:57:32 AM
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Take out the hard Disk and put it in another laptop or pc. 200 bitcoins are a lot of money because I would not wait long
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October 30, 2017, 03:01:51 AM
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If you store coins or tokens in a hardware wallet, they are stored in the hardware wallet and not in the device you use to access it.
The coins are not even stored in the hardware wallet... They're stored in the blockchain.

In a lot of cases, not even the private keys are stored on the hardware wallet...

It is the SEED which is used to generate the private keys which is stored on the hardware wallet.

This seed is then used to recreate private keys etc when you unlock the hardware wallet for use.

Your backup for your hardware wallet is your 24 words that you've carefully written down and stored safely... Which you did... right? Wink

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October 30, 2017, 07:08:51 AM
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As tittle says, my friend does have a broken laptop with 200 btc in the offline wallet, it was since 2014

so I need help on how I can take the hardware out and get access to the wallet from another computer by inserting the hardware inside the other computer



You can still possibly recover those bitcoin of your friend. The laptop might be broken but the HDD is still fine then high chances on recovering it would really be there. 200 BTC is not a joke amount.Just unplug the hdd of that laptop and plug in on another to see on the files being saved on there but i bet it is just there as long it didnt get wet or do passed out by some calamities.You can still recover those bitcoin. Good luck buddy on recovering those coins.


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October 30, 2017, 08:34:18 AM
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well the specialist tomorrow will come and help take out the hardware and plug it in other computer to recover
Some pointers:
1. Make sure the other computer is not connected to the internet
2. Make a backup as soon as possible
3. Make another backup, then just make another one!
4. Think about a plan what to do with the 1 million euro once it's recovered. Considering the fact your only copy now is a broken laptop, you should come up with a safer plan.

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October 30, 2017, 09:07:37 AM
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Recovering something is kind of fun and challenging, however if your dealing with a million dollar , you should follow what others recommendation, make extra precaution when with your friend broken laptop.

One wrong move and everything will turn into dust. You should bring it to well known professional, don't do it by yourself.


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