My Macbook is having some issues and I have a desktop wallet on it for Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ripple.
I have been told to completely redo my laptop with a factory reset. How can I move or save these coins while I restore my Macbook?
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Rutger's response is probably the easiest. Other options would require an understanding of the wallet(s) used. They might have private keys that can be used to allow immediate setup after reinstalling. For example, the Ripple (Rippex) desktop wallet has a secret key that can be used.
Good solution is to save your wallet datas
Depend on what type of wallet your using, if it electrum then you can save and write down the seeds
If it the core (developer) version then you can go into the folder by default, it should be in this location
and just move the
wallet.dat to your flash drive or cloud drive
this is basically not a bitcoin related question... it is "common best approach for dealing with values". You need to make backups. On a Mac it is sooooooo easy! Just by a 50€ - 100€ external USB Harddisk, and start time machine. Yes, really. It will take 3-5hours, depending on data size and speed of external HDD (timing based on my USB2 external HDD and ~400Gig of data). I have done this several times, and also restored whole Mac OSX (it even had the documents opened, when the last backup was running). I cannot state, how important it is to have backups: your best solution is time machine.
Once you have setup your MAC with new/proper OSX, you can restore parts of the time machine backup, especially the user directory, were all data of wallets is usually stored.
To give you a proper answer:
Please elaborate on the type of “factory reset” you’ll be completing. Several ways to complete and all have different consequences to the data retention/deletion on the Mac pre/Post reset.
What steps will you be taking to complete your “factory reset”??