Back in 2013 my parents bought 2 BTC, put a password on the wallet and haven't touched it sense. I am 80% sure I have the password correct, but no luck. But they were smart enough to back up all of their info, such as the wallet-backup, the key-backup, the Wallet Unenc-backup, and a rolling backup on to CDs.

I tried to move the wallet onto other platforms, but had no luck without the password. I managed to view it on blockchain, but it's labeled as "Watch Only". The only way I can get access to it is if I do QR code scan, but my private key I can get at is a string of numbers and digits in the backup files else I can somehow turn that into a QR code. So I was thinking perhaps the password can be hidden in the .key file or can be opened though the .wallet cipher in the Unenc-backup. This version of MultiBit is old so it does not have the 12 word recovery system please help.

  • Without the password, you're out of luck. If you have an unencrypted backup, you should be able to recover the keys from that Jun 15, 2017 at 3:39
  • on my cd labeled unencrypted back up it has a .cipher file in it no idea how to open yet alone use it.
    – Max Neal
    Jun 15, 2017 at 19:44
  • if you check the receive wallet address on a blcokchain explorer, do you see the 2 btc? Jan 20, 2021 at 23:47
  • youtube.com/watch?v=5wKGS7AY6B4 - this might help?
    – Callam
    Mar 10, 2021 at 9:12

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The mbexport app will help with the wallet file in the unenc-backup folder - but that might not contain the main wallet key. If you try to open an encrypted wallet using mbexport, it will ask you for the password.

Sorry I can't be much more help. Without an unencrypted copy of the key, the password is the only way to get the key.

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