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December 13, 2017, 01:55:45 AM
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well first off im a newb. I recently purchased a nano s and idiotically attempted to transfer my litecoin from coinbase to my ledger bitcoin wallet address. transaction was listed as complete with several confirmations but coins never arrived in either bitcoin or litecoin wallets on the ledger. what steps can i take to recover the litecon. i have already contacted ledger and coinbase support a week ago but havent recieved a reply. any help would be greatly appreciated. your humble friend  Smiley
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December 13, 2017, 02:04:30 AM
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I don't think you will be able to recover it. Even though you have the private keys, it is for a slightly different wallet format (LTC vs BTC format).
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December 13, 2017, 02:54:51 AM
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I don't think you will be able to recover it. Even though you have the private keys, it is for a slightly different wallet format (LTC vs BTC format).
No, you will be able to get recover those fund once you get the private key of the address where you send the LTC to a bitcoin address. As what I mentioned on my last post with the same problem as this. You can use the electrum wallet for litecoin and import the private keys of the BTC there then try to move the LTC on that private key.


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December 13, 2017, 03:00:42 AM
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I don't think you will be able to recover it. Even though you have the private keys, it is for a slightly different wallet format (LTC vs BTC format).
No, you will be able to get recover those fund once you get the private key of the address where you send the LTC to a bitcoin address. As what I mentioned on my last post with the same priblem as this. You can use the electrum wallet for litecoin and import the private keys of the BTC there.

Okay, good to know. I was under the impression it wasn't possible.
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December 13, 2017, 04:11:03 AM
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The issue is that a "3" address is a P2SH address... so it may have multiple private keys if it is a MultiSig (and not a SegWit address)... Which will make importing it all into Electrum a bit difficult...

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December 13, 2017, 04:18:46 AM
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I don't think you will be able to recover it. Even though you have the private keys, it is for a slightly different wallet format (LTC vs BTC format).
No, you will be able to get recover those fund once you get the private key of the address where you send the LTC to a bitcoin address. As what I mentioned on my last post with the same problem as this. You can use the electrum wallet for litecoin and import the private keys of the BTC there then try to move the LTC on that private key.
I never knew this could be possible until now. But the process you described may be confusing for a noob as the OP is. Even as a high ranking member it is to me. Importing and exporting of private keys are areas very technical. Most none tech guys like us find it really tough understanding this. Please, is there a simpler way to explain this?

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December 13, 2017, 04:26:51 AM
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The simplest explanation is that you need to recreate the Bitcoin address, but on the Litecoin network (ie. using the same private keys as the Bitcoin address).

The only way to do this, is by using private keys. So you need to export private keys for the Bitcoin address that you sent the LTC to, and then import these private keys into a Litecoin wallet. This should (in theory) recreate the address on Litecoin, and show you the LTC that you sent.

It can be complicated depending on the type of Bitcoin address that you sent to... If it was a "SegWit" address, it isn't too difficult as they only have one private key. If it was a "MultiSig" address, that complicates matters as they have multiple private keys.

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