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December 19, 2017, 04:03:05 AM
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Hey,

So a few years back i tried my hand at mining on my PC just for fun, let it run for a few days, and i don't think i ever got close 1 BTC, but even if i got .1 its worth quite a bit at the moment or so i hear haha. The issue is, I've since gotten a new pc, but have the old hard drive that i mined on installed. I have run a search for wallet.dat and bitcoin but it hasn't pulled up much.

5 files with a 32 character name.gz but i dont know if theyre related as its a bunch of random text
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https://imgur.com/a/5beKz

Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

If anything comes of it, happy to tip whoever helps me Smiley




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December 19, 2017, 07:19:47 AM
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.. , but have the old hard drive that i mined on installed ..

Did you just plug your old HD into your new pc and used it as an additional (non-main) HD? Or did you wipe it before?
Or are you using your old harddrive as your main (OS-) harddrive? Its crucial to know how you 'handled' those drives the whole time.

If you are serious about the recovery of your files and you already deleted them from your HD, you should stop using the HD containing the files immediately.
You would have to plug your HD out and 1) back it up, then 2) try to recover any deleted files concerning your wallet (do you remember which you were using? Bitcoin Core?).

1) The best would be to use linux on a portable device you boot from, afterwards copying your whole HD (e.g. with https://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/dd/) and only work on the copy!
2) Preferably a write blocker (software wb: http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Write_Blockers#Software_Write_Blockers together with any forensic tool (e.g. FTK: https://accessdata.com/products-services/forensic-toolkit-ftk)
Downloadable here: https://accessdata.com/product-download/ftk-download-page/


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December 19, 2017, 10:17:19 AM
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*.gz is a "gzip" file extension... it is a "zipped" file. Open it with a ZIP utility like 7zip or WinZip etc.

Having said that, the other files in that folder seem to be browser cache files, so I doubt those .gz files are going to be anything significant... most likely they'll be cookie files or some sort of cached browser data.


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