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I have some old wallets (wallet.dat) on my PC, but I do not remember if they have still balance, I do not even know if the wallets are from bitcoin or bitcoin cash.

One working way would probably be:

For each wallet.dat file:

  • put wallet.dat in bitcoin data folder
  • start bitcoin core
  • redownload / rescan whole blockchain
  • if found positive balance, send to new wallet or whatever

..then do the whole procedure with bitcoin cash client.

This would take me days, if not weeks. Isn't there a simpler way?

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    Unless you have a pruned node -rescan is sufficient.
    – Murch
    May 28 '21 at 14:02

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