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April 26, 2014, 07:59:50 PM
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I've been instructed to backup my wallet's wallet.dat file.
However, in my wallet software (Multibit), I don't see a backup option other than "Export Private Keys", which saves a .key file.

What is the difference between copying the wallet.dat file and creating a ".key" file using the Export option?
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April 26, 2014, 09:00:03 PM
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I've been instructed to backup my wallet's wallet.dat file.
However, in my wallet software (Multibit), I don't see a backup option other than "Export Private Keys", which saves a .key file.

What is the difference between copying the wallet.dat file and creating a ".key" file using the Export option?

Well both contains private keys.

Multibit is saving as a .key file.

Here some official instructions how to import private keys from a .key file.
https://multibit.org/help_importASingleKey.html
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