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In my %APPDATA%\Bitcoin folder (in Windows 7) I have a file called wallet.dat.rewrite

It was apparently last modified on 12th May 2011.

I don't think it's a file I created manually, so what is it?

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Sometimes the wallet file must be rewritten from scratch entirely (in particular when encrypthing it), to prevent unencrypted material to remain in old never-overwritten areas of the file. To do this, bitcoin writes a new file (wallet.dat.rewrite) and then renames it to wallet.dat. If this process is interrupted, it's possible that the wallet.dat.rewrite file remains. You can delete it safely.

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    Actually you should delete it, since it possibly contains your unencrypted private keys, and could maybe be used by a thief to gain access to your bitcoins without knowing your wallet password. – Chris Moore Jun 20 '12 at 17:49
  • No, it is the file to which the rewritten version is written. It is not a copy of the old file. – Pieter Wuille Jun 20 '12 at 19:48
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    Fair enough then. :) So is it possible that OP's wallet.dat file is still unencrypted since wallet.dat.rewrite wasn't renamed over top of it? – Chris Moore Jun 21 '12 at 0:16

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