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September 09, 2011, 02:11:35 AM
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Hey all,

So I reformatted my computer without sending my coins to Mt. Gox. D'oh.

BUTTTTT...I have a system backup from a week ago. Great, right?

Well...I restored the folder C:\\Program Files(X86)\Bitcoin , but it doesn't have the 25 odd coins that I had in my wallet...? What? Am I missing something? If I restore the entire folder Bitcoin from the program files folder, shouldn't it still have all my bitcoins in it?

What am I missing? :/
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September 09, 2011, 02:13:52 AM
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For most users, this is the following locations:
C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application data\Bitcoin (XP)

C:\Users\YourUserName\Appdata\Roaming\Bitcoin (Vista and 7)


That's where your wallet is stored.

Edit:

Go to Start -> Run (or press WinKey+R) and run this:
explorer %APPDATA%\Bitcoin

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September 09, 2011, 02:15:53 AM
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Update: It seems like it lost all the previous addresses it had? Is that stored somewhere else?

{edit: seems like the guy above me ansewred that quesiton lol}
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September 09, 2011, 02:28:30 AM
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Okay, so I restored my wallet.dat to where it was located in

C:\Users\My Name\AppData\Roaming\Bitcoin

I've downloaded the latest bitcoin client, but it still can't seem to find any of my previous receiving addresses? How do I make my bitcoin client use my old wallet.dat file?
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September 09, 2011, 02:30:23 AM
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Are your coins showing up?

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September 09, 2011, 02:32:44 AM
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Not so much...

Does the new bitcoin client that I just DLed overwrite my old wallet.dat file?
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September 09, 2011, 02:35:46 AM
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I have no idea how a System Restore works and what it does/does not save.  Nor do I know if it'll overwrite a previous wallet.dat.

Have you downloaded the whole blockchain yet?

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September 09, 2011, 02:37:05 AM
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No, I haven't. I'm just checking previous receiving addresses portion of the client and it comes up with nothing. Sad
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September 09, 2011, 02:39:43 AM
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If i recall correctly, when I restored my wallet it showed the addresses, but did not update the balance until it progressed through the chain.

My first thought is your 25btc got swept up during the format.

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September 09, 2011, 02:42:01 AM
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Woot! Figured it out! Basically, windows wasn't letting me restore directly to Appdata.

I need to restore to a temp location first, then overwrite the Bitcoin folder in C:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming with the folder I restored. Woohooo!

Got an address for me to tip to? You may as well get some of these rescued coins! Thanks for helping. Smiley
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September 09, 2011, 02:43:16 AM
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Woot! Figured it out! Basically, windows wasn't letting me restore directly to Appdata.

I need to restore to a temp location first, then overwrite the Bitcoin folder in C:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming with the folder I restored. Woohooo!

Got an address for me to tip to? Thanks for helping. Smiley

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September 09, 2011, 02:45:45 AM
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btc sent your way! ^^
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September 09, 2011, 02:50:13 AM
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btc sent your way! ^^

You doubled my net worth. My poor 5770...

Anyway, thanks much!

Side Note:  This has been my first 'peer' related Bitcoin transaction. Feels weird seeing commerce happen 'just like that'.

Awesome.

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September 09, 2011, 02:52:22 AM
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Congrats. Careful of scams. I *just* lost 52 btc that way.... ><
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