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?

  • 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.


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

  • 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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