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September 23, 2018, 09:49:32 PM
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Hi, so I installed bitcoin and did a bit of mining back in 2011, forgot about it until a friend of my started talking about bitcoin and I remembered I had tried it so he suggested I look on my old hard drive for a wallet.dat file, I did and I found one.  I am installing bitcoin core now, downloading part of the chain, I added prune 1000 because it's just too much for my machine.  I did try to open the old wallet by replacing the wallet.dat file with my old file but got a message saying it was corrupted. I am waiting until bitcoin finishes downloading to try it again but if it doesn't work - any suggestions?

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September 23, 2018, 11:01:39 PM
Last edit: September 24, 2018, 01:28:29 PM by achow101
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 Make sure you dont overwrite the original wallet.dat and just place it there after you delete the default wallet or youll lose money. Keep it in safe place and make copies.  You can try this

    Open bitcoin-qt

    In bitcoin-qt open console

    In console you can type "help" <return> for commands. Enter your password like this: walletpassphrase passphrasetimeout in seconds. If you dont have password then type dumprivkey (with your address) will dump your private key

    Copy that key

    Open Electrum you can get it in electrum.org site

    Choose "New" and "restore wallet"

    Enter the copied private key and enter
    You should see your funds. [mod edit: no begging]
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September 23, 2018, 11:04:39 PM
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Thanks, if it works I will Smiley  I doubt there is much in there though I don't remember spending a lot of time on it.
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September 24, 2018, 07:41:00 AM
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you have to replace the wallet.dat before you download the chain because it's looking for unspent outputs related to your wallet as it downloads the chain. if you do it later you have to run rescan. also you only replace it after you've shutdown core. never replace the file while core is running. so i suggest shutting down core, replacing the file and then running core and seeing what happens. there's also a recover wallet command line option you can try if the wallet file is corrupted. see salvage wallet: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Running_Bitcoin#Command-line_arguments



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September 24, 2018, 04:00:56 PM
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you have to replace the wallet.dat before you download the chain because it's looking for unspent outputs related to your wallet as it downloads the chain. if you do it later you have to run rescan. also you only replace it after you've shutdown core. never replace the file while core is running. so i suggest shutting down core, replacing the file and then running core and seeing what happens. there's also a recover wallet command line option you can try if the wallet file is corrupted. see salvage wallet: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Running_Bitcoin#Command-line_arguments


Yeah, I saw that after I started downloading the chain.  I'm still waiting for it to finish downloading, hopefully it will be done today at some point. I didn't download the entire chain though, I'm wondering if that will be an issue...

Thanks for the info.  I'll post what happens, hopefully I can recover it!
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September 29, 2018, 06:34:03 AM
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Yeah, I saw that after I started downloading the chain.  I'm still waiting for it to finish downloading, hopefully it will be done today at some point. I didn't download the entire chain though, I'm wondering if that will be an issue...

What do you mean by "didn't download the entire chain" ?

You can either sync the (full) blockchain or not sync it. You can't just partially sync it on your device.

Did you properly start core and started the syncing process ? If so, it doesn't matter when you paste your wallet.dat file into the data directory.
Simply just download + sync the blockchain, shutdown core, replace the wallet file (never delete a wallet file, always just rename them), start up core again with a rescan.

That's the fastest and most convenient way to check whether you still have funds sitting inside of your wallet. But your local copy of the blockchain has to be fully synced to be able to check different wallet.dat's for their BTC's.

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