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December 07, 2017, 07:40:54 PM
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Hello,

So like many others, I've got my hands on my old wallet.....

I installed and bought Bitcoins in 2012, about 70 of them. I remember spending most of it but had "change left over". how many, no idea!

Anyway I found my old laptop, but the Operating system was courted and wouldn't start. So I Jumped the laptop with a bootable external Hard drive using Ubuntu. After searching the old Harddrive I found 1 Wallet.dat file which I immediately copied to several external hard drives/USB key.

I've Installed Bitcoin Core on my MacBook Pro, and fully downloaded the massive amount of data. I then shut it down, replaced the wallet.dat file that was in the folder with my "Old" wallet.dat file. I then restarted Bitcoin Core, which Automatically rescanned the wallet.dat file for about 30 mins. Now the Balances shown in Bitcoin Core is 0.

I understand that I may need to upgrade the wallet or salvaging the info by using the command line -upgradewallet, -salvagewallet.

Would either of these help? I'm not technically that good, but I figure its worth exhausting all options to possibly recover some $

As such, I know how to access the terminal on my Mac, but I don't know what to actually enter on the command lines, and how they will work.

Can someone please assist in this operation? it'd be greatly appreciated, might even be able to afford some nice Christmas presents.

Thank in advance.
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December 07, 2017, 09:49:48 PM
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Did you see any transaction history in your imported wallet.dat? or is it just empty?

If Bitcoin Core started up with your wallet, and did not generate any errors but is just showing 0 balance with no transactions, then the wallet is empty... there are no coins in it. "upgradewallet" and "salvagewallet" will not make any difference.

Upgradewallet just converts the older wallet format to the new one... it doesn't affect whether or not you'll have any coins
salvagewallet is used when the file is corrupt in an attempt to extract private keys... it should only be used as a last resort when Bitcoin Core is unable to read your wallet file at all.

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