I use Bitcoin-Qt. Decided to make another wallet and transfer some bitcoins there. Wanted to give that wallet to my friend as a gift. What I did was:

  1. renamed wallet.dat file to 1_wallet.dat
  2. started Bitcoin-Qt it created new wallet.dat file
  3. copied address of new wallet
  4. renamed wallet.dat to 2_wallet.dat and 1_wallet.dat back to wallet.dat
  5. transferred some bitcoins to new wallet address

finally after transaction was confirmed I still didn't see bitcoins in a new wallet. What I did wrong? Is it possible to get back these bitcoins?

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    Have you tried starting bitcoin with the -rescan command line option? – cdecker May 16 '13 at 7:52
  • cdecker should probably post that as an answer, that's my best guess too. If it was confirmed, it is irrevocably in that second address. – David Ogren May 16 '13 at 13:58
  • And just to make sure, ... your client is in sync as well? – Stephen Gornick May 16 '13 at 18:04

Removing all block chain and retrieving it again solved this problem. I guess -rescan should help too.

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