I am trying to complete the instructions described here https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Securing_your_wallet#Windows . I have already done the Truecrypt part and installed the Bitcoin client. But i have one question i need help with before i can continue. Do i delete the Bitcoin folder & data directory in Appdata after i copy it onto an encrypted drive ? Or does it need to remain there to function even though it would then also be in the encrypted drive if not deleted ?

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Make sure to delete wallet.dat - that's the only file with sensitive information. (You might want to run a utility such as unix shred on it to make sure it's really deleted).

Just a warning - before deleting, rename the file, and try to copy it from your backup and see if everything works.

  • Thank you ! I will try this today. I should do the last part you said to test it out before i point the Bitcoin client to start from the new directory correct ? Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 21:39
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    The test is simple - rename your wallet.dat, then copy it over from backup. The data directory itself is irrelevant all except the wallet.dat - if restoring that works, you're safe.
    – ripper234
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 9:27

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