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I'm quite new to this, so no teasing the newbie. ;-)

I've just tried to import my wallet from the bitcoin-qt client into blockchain.info, and whilst the process seem to go swimmingly they both show different balances, with blockchain.info showing that I'm down one full bitcoin!

Now I know that there are other answers about that subject on the site, but I haven't found an answer to these specific questions (That I was able to grok!). There seem to be a multitude of ways somebody new to bitcoin can spectacularly b0rk their wallets, so many that I couldn't quite make any particular problem fit my situation.

However, a user on another question posted that they'd been able to solve their problem by doing the following:

As it turns out, the import did not pick up all my addresses/keys. By comparing the output from pywallet --dumpwallet and the blockchain.info exports I was able to identify the missing keys and add them manually. Both balances match now :-)

So I have a two part question:

  1. I think I can work out how to do what he's suggesting with some googling, but I don't know why this solution would work, can somebody enlighten me?
  2. I've read that it's possible that my balances are different because my client wasn't in sync with the network when I did the export/import process, could this have a bearing on the problem?
  3. And if this is a contributing factor, will just leaving the bitcoin-qt client running on my machine until it synchronises with the network cause both blockchain.info and bitcoin-qt to show the same balances?
  4. Or do I have to do start the whole process again after the client has synchronised?

(I know, I know, that was more than two questions :-))

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

EDIT: As to why I wanted to do this, I wanted to move away from the bitcoin-qt client to another one because I was having performance problems with the original. I thought I could export everything to blockchain.info, and from there export my wallet into a new client. Convoluted, yes; completely misunderstood, agreed, but that's where I'm at.

  • This just seems an odd thing to want to do. Firstly, you are going from a the real bitcoin client to an online solution. There are lots of reasons not to do this. Secondly, why don't you just create a new wallet on Blockchain.info and send the coins to it? – T9b Sep 2 '13 at 22:43
  • Thanks for replying! I wanted to move away from the client because it seemed to be crashing a lot was really clunky to use, so I wanted to go to another client. Couldn't send to the new wallet directly because I needed a few of the addresses that were in the client, and I assumed that I was unable to transfer all of the transactions and addresses, just the coins. – Panrubius Sep 3 '13 at 10:33
  • I think you missed my point which was it doesn't matter what addresses you have, just send the coins. Is there a reason why you really need to keep the old addresses? Have you tried another client like Multibit? – T9b Sep 4 '13 at 17:00
  • When you answer your own question it is alright to post that answer yourself. That would help distinguish your question from your solution. SE does not require asker and answerer to be two different persons, but rather aims to collect questions and their answers in a readable format. – Murch Sep 5 '13 at 13:17

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