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2009 btc private key but no address. I was given btc in 2009 and also mined for a few weeks too. My dad still had every hard drive he has ever used. So i have found a couple of files that have private keys.

I was looking for one address and instead found a few private keys. So i have questions. Were the public and/or private keys from 2009 and 2010 in the same format? If thats the case then all the instructions i find are all for wallets that arent 10 years old. So howdo i get the actual address for the private key?

Is bitadd.org just going to create a new address? Would it even reconize a private key that old? According to an article i read the update wasnt compatiable with the older version that was used and some changes hadto be made so that everything was compatable again. So with my wallet. Having been offline this whole time im thinking extra steps will be needed to recover my bitcoin.
Is there someome who would take a moment to please give me step by step instructions on how to do this.?

I seriously left my job to find my old btc and i am at a loss. I am not computer savy. Nor do i have knowledge outside of the basic about what i am doing here. It takes years to learn this stuff.
Btw, no walle.datfile. just private keys. Im not entirely sure that the wallet.dat was even a thing back in 2009

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  • Is it in the WIF format, starting with 5? – MCCCS Feb 3 '20 at 17:46
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    The WIF format only appeared in 2011. wallet.dat has existed since 2009. – Pieter Wuille Feb 3 '20 at 18:28
  • You’re very unlikely to have this timeline correct. There was probably only tens of people using BTC in 2009, much less anybody dealing with the keys raw like that. – Anonymous Feb 3 '20 at 23:21
  • I have recovered 1 that does not have a wif format.it doesnt have all the additional types either. Just key private key and barcodes . – Erica Dawn Feb 5 '20 at 17:13
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    @EricaDawn: Please be very careful what you reveal about your data. Do not share the key with anyone, and do not put the key into random websites, there may be some that simply steal your funds when they get the key. We have a number of questions that deal with recovery of old funds. Did the computer you found still have the Bitcoin software installed? How did you determine that you have found a private key? It may be possible to import the private key directly into a thin client wallet to check to find out whether there are funds associated with the key. – Murch Feb 7 '20 at 15:31

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