I sent BTC from my coinb.in wallet to an electrum wallet on a tails drive, but I didn't realize it was the tails iso disk, and while waiting for confirmations, I noticed id' used the tails iso disk after the transfer but before I could get confirms and send BTC back to the coinb.in wallet, Tails froze. So I had to reboot and that meant the tails iso disk went back to default, and the electrum wallet disappeared, so the BTC are stuck in blockchain because there weren't any confirms. There's got to be a way to reverse so the coins go back to my coinb.in wallet. Both wallets are mine, so, it would seem like the transfer could be returned/reversed as there's no merchant and its not a refund. Thanks

  • bitcoin transactions can NOT be reversed. If you have broadcast them and they have confirmations then you will need to get them out of the wallet you transferred them to. If the transaction has 0 confirmations and is not being accepted on the network then you can do a -rescan of your wallet to get any old balances like this back. Hope this helps. – Fuzzybear Mar 13 '17 at 10:26
  • If this question is still open, please add the relevant information from the comments to your question post. :) – Murch May 13 '17 at 17:41

The "owner" of a wallet is defined by whomever controls the private keys in that wallet. If you have lost control of a wallet (the one on the ISO disk), then you are not the owner of that wallet anymore. Nobody is.

If the transaction to the new wallet has not yet been confirmed and put into a block, you might have the option of replacing that transaction with one that goes back to your coinb.in wallet. That depends on two things:

  1. The transaction you want to replace has opted-in to Replace-by-fee
  2. Your original wallet (coinb.in) allows you to use Replace-by-fee to broadcast a new transaction, replacing the original one

You can read more about it here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Transaction_replacement

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  • Thanks, yes I know the iso wallet is gone but I did make the key and have the 12 word seed, that's what I meant that it was mine, but now its gone.I'm learning the lingo.on blockchain.info, I saw the still unconfirmed transaction,a red box that said unconfirmed and a green one with the amount, is it still unconfirmed because I never clicked the broadcast button?I don't mind paying a fee(not too large).Should I open the top link first or read from the Wiki/transaction replacement link. Is there ifo I need to know in the bottom link? – T. Mckenna's ghost Mar 13 '17 at 16:35
  • If you still have the 12 word seed, then just restore the wallet somewhere else. Don't worry about replacing the fee (if that's even possible in your scenario) unless you absolutely need the transaction to go through immediately. If I were you, I'd simply restore the wallet and wait for the transaction to confirm. – Jestin Mar 13 '17 at 16:40
  • I didn't click the broadcast box on coinb.in after sending. Does that mean it's possible to replace by fee? – T. Mckenna's ghost Mar 13 '17 at 17:47
  • I have absolutely no idea. It is determined by how the site constructs transactions, and if they even have a ui for rbf. You'd have to ask someone from the site. – Jestin Mar 13 '17 at 17:50
  • to jestin. do you know that the same electrum wallet can be restored? I thought everything on tails iso gets erased. And both the tails iso and tails disks are now not working. No I don't absolutely need the transaction to go through. I just wanted the electrum wallet to be my main wallet because I wanted to use the Debian OS instead of Vista witch I'm on now beleive it or not. – T. Mckenna's ghost Mar 13 '17 at 18:01

It's a bit unclear which transaction confirmed happened, so I'll answer both possible scenarios:

  1. If both transactions did not confirm, you should attempt to have your coinb.in wallet forget about the transactions, and send your coins from the coinb.in wallet to a new address on the coinb.in wallet, so that the old transactions become invalidated and don't confirm at a later time.
  2. If the first transaction confirmed, but the second did not, you should either
    • restore your Electrum wallet somewhere else and create a new transaction to send the money where you want it.
    • create a child-pays-for-parent transaction, i.e. create a transaction in coinb.in that spends the unconfirmed transaction output you are trying to receive from the Electrum wallet. You'd need to add a larger fee as it needs to pay enough to make it worthwhile to include both transactions in a block.

Hopefully, this was resolved already, but perhaps someone else will be able to use the information. :)

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