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Author Topic: HELP! i lost my wallet using system restore!  (Read 6448 times)
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February 02, 2012, 11:38:19 PM

I know im a retard, i didnt back up my wallet.  what happened was i had a user profile that was corrupted so i

For whatever it's worth. You are not an idiot. We all make mistakes like this from time to time— though fortunately most of the time we're lucky to escape without any real consequences.  Looks like you were not. Sad

In the future the software will hopefully make these mistakes harder, and awareness from your post may help other people avoid the similar mistakes too.

I hope you're able to get it back with the recovery tools— it's happened before so there is still hope.

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February 03, 2012, 01:42:06 AM

Have you looked in the recycle bin for your old profile?

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February 03, 2012, 03:50:18 AM

I don't know which version of Windows you are running, but if it happens to be Windows 7, user files on the primary disk partition are automatically backed up (if the default hasn't been changed) and perhaps your wallet could be restored:

"Windows 7 and certain editions of Windows Vista come with an automatic file and folder backup feature called “Previous Versions” that many PC users don’t seem to know about. Individual data file and folder backups are created by System Restore or by Windows Backup. With the default setting for System Restore, this means monitored files are backed up once a day. To be more precise, records called “shadow copies” are created. These keep track of any changes that have occurred for files and folders.

These shadow copies can’t be accessed directly. To see the previous versions of a file or folder, right-click the object and choose “Restore Previous Versions” from the context menu.  A dialog listing the previous versions will then open. An example for a folder called “PDFs” is shown in the figure below. Only dates when the file or folder had changes will be shown. There are three buttons that allow for various operations with a selected previous version. Clicking the button "Open" will display a selected entry. Clicking "Copy" will allow you to create a copy of a particular version and save it in a different location. Clicking "Restore" will replace the present file or folder contents with those of the selected version."

note:  if the file to be restored is missing and you know the name and location, it is possible to create a dummy file in the same location with the correct name, then right click on it, and choose "Restore Previous Versions".  If there are previous versions saved, one can be selected for restoration.

I didn't know about this until I read it in a Windows newsletter article. 
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February 03, 2012, 08:36:29 AM

Stop wasting time and use those recovery tools asap! Also, be careful with other people helping you with recovering the wallet, not that I'm calling anyone one out but we've had more than enough scammers around here.
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February 03, 2012, 09:54:33 AM

I back up wallets with 2 Bitcoins on it... and I am a lazy guy. I don't understand you guys that have fairly large wallets and don't make a backup of one freaking file! Of course, I bet you do from now on. I guess some people just have to learn the hard way.  Undecided
I couldn't agree more. You never bothered to drag a file worth 1500$ over to your flash drive? Sounds like you need to be lashed into shape, soldier...

Was that wallet encrypted? If it wasn't you may use a whole range of tools including hex editors and data carving tools. If it was, the hex editors will be of no avail.
Also, before you actually do anything with that drive, it would be prudent to make a perfect bit-by-bit image of your Windows partition on another drive and carve data off that image.
Do the words "Linux", "dd" and "foremost" ring a bell?
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