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So I had my Bitcoin wallet at Multibit and due to computer problems I formatted my hard drive and the wallet within it. I have no backups of the wallet, I have only my account name. Are my Bitcoins now gone forever?

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  • You might be able to recover your files to a prior to format state if you take your HD off your computer immediately and use the proper software. Then you might be also able to recover your wallet.
    – user11221
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 23:05
  • I am not sure what you mean by "account name". I can't find any reference to Multibit using such a thing. Can you explain what you mean? Maybe a screenshot of where in the program you would enter this? Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 3:37

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I would check these help pages out. The first one explains that your wallet may not be fully deleted.

https://multibit.org/en/help/v0.5/help_support_missingWallets.html https://multibit.org/en/help/v0.5/help_lostOrForgottenPassword.html

Multibit has a pretty good troubleshooting page too, which explains where all their data is stored. I would check and see if you have any data in your system specific directory.

https://multibit.org/en/help/v0.5/help_troubleshooting.html

If the wallet is truly deleted, and you don't have any backups, then yes, unfortunately your bitcoins are gone forever. :/

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  • I still have my account name. Is that same thing as private key? Can I somehow return my wallet using that?
    – user23021
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 20:48
  • The account name is nothing like the private key. Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 10:27

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