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March 15, 2012, 09:12:49 AM
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Hi,

I have a backup with coins in it that I need but rescanning the block chain is taking ages and is going at snails pace right now. Is there a way (alt client maybe?) to recover these coins without having to wait for the entire block chain?

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There are several different types of Bitcoin clients. The most secure are full nodes like Bitcoin-Qt, but full nodes are more resource-heavy, and they must do a lengthy initial syncing process. As a result, lightweight clients with somewhat less security are commonly used.
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March 15, 2012, 09:19:10 AM
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1. export all your private keys
2. create an Electrum wallet
3. import your keys there

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March 15, 2012, 10:15:53 AM
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Thanks for the quick response. I have a follow up question:

1. export all your private keys

How?

3. import your keys there

And how?

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March 15, 2012, 11:01:19 AM
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*I read somewhere that Bitcoin 0.6 can export keys using the command line. See http://keepyourassets.net/2011/12/23/1551/
there is also use a tool called pywallet that does it
*to import keys in Electrum: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Electrum#Export_and_import_addresses

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March 16, 2012, 02:00:15 AM
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Thank you. Your help is much appreciated.

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