Ive asked a variation on this question...so plz forgive me if this is a repetition.

I have some old bitcoin on a harddrive, Im not sure of the details, or amount. I will be using Bitcoin Core as my wallet - Im in the process of installing and synching the wallet now.

The question :

Can I sync my wallet and THEN import my older wallet? OR Is there a different process altogether.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Sure thing you can use it. After the import you should sync the blockchain, then you can see all transaction associated with your adress. Be sure that Port 8333 is forwarded to your machine. If you want to import your old wallet you have 2 choices:

  1. Import the Private Key
  2. Import the wallet

Import the private key
Open bitcoin core and then open the console. In the console enter

importprivkey [your private key]

Import the wallet
Open the folder where Bitcoin Core is installed, then rename or delete wallet.dat and finally move your old wallet.dat into this directory.

You can also move your Bitcoins from your old wallet with Electrum which doesn't need to sync the blockchain


Yes, sure you can do that. Don't forget to rescan the blockchain after you import your wallet.

  • Thank you adam, will this require the lengthy syncing process when initially installing BITCOIN Core? – Peter Jenkins Jan 7 '18 at 1:08
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    No, you only need a rescan. Not a full reindex (which is what happens at initial sync). Both are lengthy processes, but rescanning is usually an order of magnitude faster at least. – Pieter Wuille Aug 1 '18 at 18:45

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