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January 30, 2019, 11:04:31 PM
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I need help recoveering my old wallet. I have the passphrase, but i need to know what version i need to install to input the phrase, so it will be recognized. Willing to pay upon completion of recovered funds Xbtc
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January 31, 2019, 01:45:04 AM
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 Hi, ok do you remember what wallet you used? If it was electrum, bitcoin core. Please tell me or go to download the wallet you use. Then enter your phrase. Try these sites
 Electrum.org
 bitcoin.org/en/download
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January 31, 2019, 02:00:10 AM
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To recover a bitcoin core wallet:

Place the wallet.dat file into /%appdata%/roaming/Bitcoin (for windows) or ~/.Bitcoin for Linux. Then run the latest version of bitcoin core as the wallet format hasn't changed or it is backwards compatible. Open bitcoin core and go to file > receiving and copy your addresses into a block explorer like btc.com and see if it has funds in any of them.

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January 31, 2019, 02:31:30 AM
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Be wary of PMs requesting the key/wallet.dat specially from negative trust members and newbies.

Here's some info regarding restoration/recovery that you can try yourself:
If it was named with ".dat" extension ex. wallet.dat, it could be from bitcoin core or older version (Bitcoin Qt).
Regardless of the wallet version, it should be able to run with the latest version (if not, old versions are listed here: bitcoin.org).
  • After installation, copy the wallet.dat to your %appdata%/Bitcoin
  • Run and open the wallet, click help, then debug window->console
  • Type: walletpassphrase your-wallet-passphrase 300
  • Type: dumpprivkey <your bitcoin address>
  • Import or Sweep the key(s) to Electrum for faster access, instead of waiting for the wallet to sync (200gb of data+verification)
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Transferring_coins_from_Bitcoin-Qt_to_Electrum#Obtain_private_key.28s.29_from_Bitcoin-Qt

If it was Electrum, it should be a file without an extension with a default name of wallet_1 or wallet_default (or your picked name).
Recovering it is a breeze as long as the passphrase is correct.
Download Electrum stand-alone: electrum.org/#download.
Open the exe, then browse to the location of the wallet file and open it.
Your Bitcoins should show up after syncing the block_header (5-20minutes).

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January 31, 2019, 07:25:09 AM
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I made an overview for cases like this:
[overview] Recover Bitcoin from any old storage format

Please let me know if your case isn't covered, I'd love to add more old formats.

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January 31, 2019, 11:23:29 AM
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nc50lc and LoyceV guide what you're looking for.

Few additionally recommendation :
1. Backup/make copy of your wallet on different device (which is offline or secure)
2. Never give your wallet files to anyone, there are many scam attempt on this forum section these days
3. Remember that no one force you to give tip or reward for helping you

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January 31, 2019, 02:10:00 PM
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Even if you have an old seed you should use the latest version of electrum from electrum.org. Electrum maintains backwards compatibility with all old seed mnemonics.

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January 31, 2019, 04:37:09 PM
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I need help recoveering my old wallet. I have the passphrase, but i need to know what version i need to install to input the phrase, so it will be recognized. Willing to pay upon completion of recovered funds Xbtc

If you are familiar with python, then you can use pywallet.py to dump your key, then you can import it into a lightwallet like electrum.

Pywallet can be downloaded from here: https://github.com/jackjack-jj/pywallet (its opensource)

Electrum can be downloaded here: https://electrum.org/#download

Good luck
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