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I have bitcoin wallet from 2014. I have saved it encrypted. Since then I haven't checked it, until now. I did sync the whole bitcoin block-chain and when copy my wallet.dat and re-scan wit the client, the wallet got shown as empty. My wallet.dat is 88kb. Bitcon core Client dump of the wallet shows addresses only from 2019 and wallet keys dump from the client returns error. Any help is appreciated.

  • which platform are you on? – Janus Troelsen May 14 at 19:21
  • Windows 10 Professional. My wallet originally was saved as file not encrypted. So the client do not need password to read it. – Dimitar Tsonov May 15 at 20:24
  • how did you ensure you found the correct data directory? – Janus Troelsen May 15 at 20:25
  • wallallet.dat resides in the client's exe folder. In 2014 I did try to copy out wallet.dat and then remove it back. So the client did show 0 and xx bitcoins respectively. Now when i sync the whole block chain and copy my wallet.dat from 2014 into client's exe folder my balance is 0, seems like no wallet at all. So I wonder why ? – Dimitar Tsonov May 28 at 21:28
  • You can't swap out wallets without doing a rescan, AFAIK. Bitcoin Core minimizes space usage and doesn't store histories for addresses it doesn't control. So even though all the blockchain is synced, you'd need to restart with a rescan parameter to scan the blockchain with the wallet that you have placed there. – Janus Troelsen Jun 5 at 0:41

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