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October 30, 2013, 08:37:21 PM
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About 2 1/2 years ago I got interested in bitcoins and buying stuff with them. I didn't buy anything but do think I bought some bitcoins. By now I don't remember anything about it but I recently found a "bitcoin" folder on my computer. Here's what I found in there:

- These files: bitcoin.exe, libeay32.dll, license.txt, readme.txt [Copyright (c) 2009-2011 Bitcoin Developers],

- These sub-folders: daemon, locale, src

- A text file I created containing this information:

mtgox.com - xxxxxx / yyyyyyy (presumably ID and password)

libertyreserve.com
  Account Name xx.yyyyyy.zzzzz
  Email [my email address]
  Account Number xxxxxxxx
  Password xxxxxxxxxx
  Login PIN xxxxx
  Master Key xxx

goldexpay.com
  [my email address], xxxxxxxx [password]
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Here's what I tried:

mtgox.com - Couldn't login using the xxxxxx ans yyyyyyy in any combination.

libertyreserve.com - "This domain has been seized by the United States Global Illicit Financial Team"

goldexpay.com - "This domain has been seized by the United States Global Illicit Financial Team"
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My question: Is there any way for me to know if I have any bitcoins, and if so how do I go about "getting" them and redeeming them.

All comments appreciated :-)

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October 30, 2013, 08:40:01 PM
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Did you have the Bitcoins on your local wallet or on those websites?
The important file is in an other folder, search for a file named wallet.dat on your computer.
Could be this path C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Bitcoin

If you still have Coins on mtgox.com you could try contacting the support there.
I don't think Liberty Reserve had Bitcoin wallets, so they probably aren't there. Don't know anything about goldexpay.
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October 30, 2013, 09:01:34 PM
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Thanks! I found a wallet.dat file on my computer, dated 6/1/2011.

Now what?
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October 30, 2013, 09:12:08 PM
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That's the file that contains the keys to access the Bitcoins (so make a copy right now, so you don't lose it when you reinstall the Bitcoin-client or something).

You should probably install a new version of the bitcoin-qt client and let it update (going to take a while, it will create a new wallet.dat) and (close the program) replace the wallet.dat with your old stored one. If you had any Bitcoins there, they should show up then.

(btw: does anyone know if blockchain.info supports the import of wallet.dat? That would be a faster and easier way.)
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October 30, 2013, 09:47:52 PM
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Thanks! I found a wallet.dat file on my computer, dated 6/1/2011.

Now what?
Make a copy of it.

Yes.  Make a copy of it.  Very important, before you mess around with anything, make sure you have a copy of the wallet.dat in a safe place.

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October 30, 2013, 11:18:10 PM
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Thanks, all. I downloaded and am running the new version of Bitcoin QT. And you're right; it's taking a LONG time :-)
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October 30, 2013, 11:30:19 PM
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Thanks, all. I downloaded and am running the new version of Bitcoin QT. And you're right; it's taking a LONG time :-)

Bitcoin-qt downloads the history of all transactions (also known as blockchain), there are light clients that don't need to download all of it.
But those don't use the wallet.dat format, so you will have to use Bitcoin-qt for now.
The blockchain is >10 GB.
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October 31, 2013, 12:54:40 AM
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At the bottom of the Bitcoin QT window, "Synchronizing with network" started in the high-400 weeks and slowly counted down. But now it's been stuck on 81 weeks for over an hour. Any ideas?
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October 31, 2013, 01:00:33 AM
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could be just alot of transactions in that part. if it dosnt get anywhere you can close bitcoin-qt wait a minute and open it again and it will resume

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October 31, 2013, 01:05:48 AM
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Thanks. So if I close bitcoin-qt and turn off the computer tonight, then it will resume when I start it up again in the morning, right?

could be just alot of transactions in that part. if it dosnt get anywhere you can close bitcoin-qt wait a minute and open it again and it will resume
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October 31, 2013, 01:09:50 AM
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You can do that but why not just leave your PC on and let QT run overnight?
It can take more than 24hrs to download the blockchain.
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October 31, 2013, 01:11:33 AM
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Thanks. So if I close bitcoin-qt and turn off the computer tonight, then it will resume when I start it up again in the morning, right?

could be just alot of transactions in that part. if it dosnt get anywhere you can close bitcoin-qt wait a minute and open it again and it will resume

yes.

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October 31, 2013, 01:13:52 AM
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You can do that but why not just leave your PC on and let QT run overnight?
It can take more than 24hrs to download the blockchain.

some people dont like leaving computers on all night. and in some cases ISPs can bitch about large amounts of data downloading continuously for 24 hours

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October 31, 2013, 01:15:50 AM
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Pretty sure you can just import it into Blockchain.info.

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October 31, 2013, 01:26:55 AM
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With this it's quicker: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=145386.0


Is this going to be one of those million dollar stories?

Two and a half years ago bitcoin was really cheap...

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October 31, 2013, 01:57:12 AM
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I shut down Bitcoin QT, restarted the computer, started up Bitcoin QT and now it's counting down the weeks (slowly) as it was doing before.
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October 31, 2013, 01:59:58 AM
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I shut down Bitcoin QT, restarted the computer, started up Bitcoin QT and now it's counting down the weeks (slowly) as it was doing before.

It will take hours and hours, just leave it on till it's done.

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October 31, 2013, 02:05:14 AM
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Hehe I will watch this thread. I hope for you that you bought a lot of Bitcoins 2.5 years ago.

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October 31, 2013, 02:12:21 AM
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If any, it wouldn't have been much. Somehow $30 is in my brain. Looking at some history charts, that time of April-June 2011 was when the price ran up into the high teens (US$) instead of being really low. So I might be looking at only a few hundred dollars.

Hehe I will watch this thread. I hope for you that you bought a lot of Bitcoins 2.5 years ago.
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October 31, 2013, 02:14:08 AM
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I shut down Bitcoin QT, restarted the computer, started up Bitcoin QT and now it's counting down the weeks (slowly) as it was doing before.

You can download a big chunk of the blockchain with bittorrent, by using that it will take less time to synchronize, something like one day, it will depend on several factors but much less than letting Bitcoin-QT from scratch.

Check here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=145386.0

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