Questions tagged [wallet-recovery]

The process of recovering lost bitcoins or private keys from a wallet/backup

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How can I restore my wallet?

I just purchased a new laptop and I want to decommission my old one. I have a back-up of my wallet.dat file copied to my new PC. What do I need to do to restore it to my Bitcoin (Windows) client? ...
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Is there a 'BTC Refund Department'?

I have been scammed 6 months ago. Now someone is calling me from BTC REFUND DEPARTMENT. He said that I have under my name the bitcoins that have been scammed. But the way to take this amount is to ...
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Wallet gone and lost recovery phrase, how to get back my bitcoins?

I lost my phone where I stored my 12 word recovery phrase. How can I get back my bitcoins?
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opening an old wallet.dat

I had about $8 USD worth of bitcoin in a wallet, and I backed up the wallet.dat to my dropbox. According to the modified date of the file this was in April 2013, so it was probaby from bitcoin qt ...
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Is the Electrum seed compatible with other wallets?

Apologies if this is a simple question - a newbie here! I'm trying to understand backups. If I use Electrum to make a back up (including the 12 word seed password), will I then need to use Electrum to ...
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How to restore locally a MyWallet backup?

The website blockchain.info has an online wallet system MyWallet which creates backups with a .aes.json extension. While I understand it's a json file encrypted with AES using my passphrase, I'm still ...
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Bitcoin Cash accidentally sent to Bitcoin address. Can I get them back?

I managed my Bitcoins Cash in a Electrum Cash wallet on my PC. From there, I accidentally sent them to another internet based wallet, but didn't notice that this wallet is for Bitcoin and not Bitcoin ...
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How to recover funds from a force-closed Lnd lightning channel?

I lost my Lnd channel backup in a boating accident, but I still have the mnemonic. I had one freshly opened channel to my own c-lightning node which has never been used. I force closed the channel ...
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In a multisig wallet setup what needs to be backed up and why?

In a multisig wallet setup what needs to be backed up and why?
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How to restore wallet from 15-word seed mnemonic?

The wallet was created around Feb 2013, using unknown wallet software. All that is known is a passprase, and 15 words. I suspect the passphrase was used to encrypt the wallet, and is probably ...
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Wallet balance zero after restoring wallet.dat

I recently restored my wallet.dat file from another machine. The wallet.dat came from a Linux machine (debian), and was restored to a Windows bitcoin install. After restoring I can see the correct ...
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How to generate recovery phrase from private key

I created a brain wallet with a non standard phrase. So I have that, the private and public keys. Now this wallet app wants a 12 word recovery phrase to set up the wallet. How can I convert what I ...
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How can I find a Bitcoin private key that I saved in a text file?

I certainly saved my private key in a text file previously, but I don't know where now. Is there any way to recover my private key?
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How to import a private key to an encrypted wallet (on standard client)

I have a standard client (QT client on OSX) with an encrypted wallet. I've tried to import keys with pywallet, but while it claimed to be importing them, when I ran again the bitcoin client, it said ...
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Corrupt wallet.dat file - Try quitting bitcoin and running this again

I have made a few major mistakes and am making a last ditch effort to recover my bitcoins. I had a wallet.dat file on a previous installation of windows, after reformatting (with no previous back up, ...
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Lost my Bitcoin wallet and have only 11 out of 12 mnemonic seed phrase words. How can I get my Bitcoins?

I am new to the whole Bitcoin thing, and I am having my first attempt almost going sour. I lost where I created my wallet. I have my Bitcoin address and only 11 of my mnemonic seed phrase words (of 12)...
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I have lost my wallet, what can I do?

I used to be interested in Bitcoin a few years ago and have recently become aware of it again. I used to have a wallet back then. Given that many years have passed, what I remember is a bit fuzzy. ...
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Can I "duplicate" a wallet using a backup phrase (12 words)?

My understanding is that a wallet isn't a wallet at all*, it doesn't hold my coins, but it's a key store; my coins are of course "stored" as records of the events on the blockchain. Imagine ...
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How to restore a ripple wallet, having the security key? [closed]

If I try to login to ripple.com I get this message Fetching wallet... Payward Wallet not found (Username / Password is wrong) Local browser Wallet not found (Username / Password is wrong) It might ...
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Why do people go looking for old hardware that has a wallet?

Don't you just need the recovery phrase to get your bitcoins back if your computer is lost or damaged? I don't understand these stories of people trying to find old computers with wallets on them at ...
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How to recover an electrum wallet from seed

A service I used some years ago is shutting down. I withdrew some coin but it went to an old address. I believe it was my old electrum wallet that I only have the seed for. How to recover my bitcoin?
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How to restore from backup of Android Bitcoin Wallet

Bitcoin Wallet for Android allows you to back up your wallet. It asks for a password when doing so. After much faffing, I finally managed to.. dum, dum, dum! .. copy the file to the SD card, and ...
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How to recover an old wallet.dat file

Back in 2011 when bitcoin started to make the news, I created a wallet and let it run for a bit (no pun intended). It almost fried my computer so I stopped. In the process, I think I remember I mined ...
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How do I restore a wallet from a backup file in MultiBit HD?

If I have a backup file like mbhd-*.zip.aes how do I restore it using only my password? When I click on Restore Wallet, it only asks for the wallet words, not the file path or password.
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Recovering Bitcoin / Litcoin wallet with partial PyWallet recovery

My wallet disappeared over a year ago with 200+ LTC in it, possibly due to me running CCleaner for Mac over my machine (which looks for and deletes .dat files as part of its sweep as far as i can tell)...
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Is the "recovery phrase" generated by a wallet app platform independent?

I recently started a wallet with Coinbase Wallet, and I was asked to backup a 12 word "recovery phrase" that is supposed to be able to recover my wallet in the event that I delete the app from my ...
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Recovery of a corrupted wallet

I have a very old wallet.dat that I've put into my .bitcoin folder. When trying to run bitcoind, the service stops giving the following error 2019-06-11T18:14:02Z Using wallet directory /home/nom/....
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Restore lightning network node/channels

If one wanted to restore a lightning network node, what files have to be saved? I read that saving hsm_secret is enough to restore private key(s), but I also read about a problem with channels. How ...
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Manually extracting ledger nano s wallet public / private keys using "Mnemonic Code Converter" from ledger

I have the following example seed: morning twist board pelican denial retire middle inherit evil ritual omit fade general toddler grace evoke recipe sad minor destroy public dawn scissors cube ...
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Is a wallet simply a folder of private keys?

I try to understand how a wallet actually works. I know there are lots of resources around the internet, but I still can't find simple and concise answers for basic questions about wallets and ...
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Store Bitcoins offline

I have some bitcoins and ether at Blockchain.info and I am really scared of losing them. How do I best secure them? Right now I have a paper with the code to restore my wallet, but my coins are still ...
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Identifying wallet file among soup of recovered .dat files

Hello my friends! Here is my situation: I accidentally deleted a partition on my HDD containing the only copy of my bitcoin wallet. Facepalm. After running data recovery tools, I've found and restored ...
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Can I recover my bitcoins from an Armory paper wallet even if Armory ceases to function?

I just created an M-of-N offline fragmented backup paper wallet through Armory. I plan to put most of my BTC here. Before I do, I want to know that if anything should happen to Armory -- if they stop ...
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How can I import a private key into a pruned node?

I am trying to restore my Bitcoin Core wallet, but I only have the private key and passphrase, I don't have a wallet.dat file. I tried using importprivkey privatekey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx which gave ...
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Have a bunch of wallet.dat files. What alt-coins do they have (and may be how much)?

A few years ago I mined a couple of alt-coins. Now I have approximately 5 wallets which are named in non-suggestive way: wallet_01.dat, wallet_02.dat, ..., wallet_05.dat. Each of them has reasonable ...
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Problems in recovering from a seed of Multibit HD

I've installed and created a new wallet in Multibit HD on my PC, I used a seed of 24 words. As far as I understood, with this 24 words I can recover it on a mycelium android, and I should see and be ...
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I've inherited BTC, how do I recover and sell it?

Update>>> I have the 12 word phrase and the 34 letter and number address for wallet... Mom passed away the day after Thanksgiving. I have all her paperwork and mine as I was her only child. I ...
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16 word recovery phrase for blockchain wallet not working

I downloaded my blockchain wallet but now i forget the password and my recovery phrase is 16 word, so I tried them but they are not working. Can somebody please help me?
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I must have written my 24 seed words incorrectly, options?

I have 24 seed words for a wallet (greenaddress), and also had access to that wallet with a simple passphrase on my machine. I wrote down two backups of the seed words which are identical, yet I must ...
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Can I restore a blockchain.info wallet into a electrum wallet?

If I have a blockchain.info wallet, I got the 12 words. Can I use these 12 words to restore into a new Electrum wallet? After that, will the blockchain wallet still operational? Say, can it still ...
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How to access my bitcoin on a new wallet?

Ok let me start with I am a novice and please excuse my ignorance(!) Thanks! A few years ago I went to the bank and deposited cash to buy bitcoin. I had a wallet with a bitcoin address as well as a ...
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There is at least one totally "offline" backup of blockchain?

I know that it can be a little paranoid yet, but anyone ever did an offline backup of blockchain in case of a kind of geomagnetic storm? Imagine if all clients of the world lost the data. I know the ...
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How can I use my pass phrase from 2009 to recover my wallet?

The BTC core wallet lets me choose my own passphrase with 12-16 words. The latest would be late January, early February 2009. What wallet was I using? I can't find a reference online. Everyone says ...
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Recovering wallet using BIP32/wordlist/.priv file

I was using Msigna but it's having issues connecting to the localhost (Running updated bitcoinqt). I sent coins to my old account without waiting for sync (noob move) but now I'm unable to access the ...
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Trial recovery of blockchain.info Wallet to MultiBit HD wallet

Situation at time of writing: Written as of 29 May 2016; web based Blockchain.info wallet is HD; MultiBit is also HD. The Query/Story Since its become a little uncertain whats going to happen with ...
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MULTIBIT: How to restore wallet with following information?

I am a noob to this whole BTC thing, so please bear with me. I reformatted my computer and lost everything on it. I decided I want to restore my multibit wallet but I only have the following info: ...
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Will my wallet be extended or replaced when I recover another wallet in Breadwallet?

Will my current balance combine with the balance on the other wallet I want to recover? Or do I need to empty the wallet on my phone before recovering the wallet that was on my old phone?
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Automate Bip39 seed recovery

I recently was locked out of my Ledger NanoS when I forgot the pin code. Upon trying to reset from my recovery phrase I realized that I only have 23 of the 24 required words (not sure how it happened ...
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What is the best way to restore an old Multibit wallet to the new version (and also different OS)?

My files from Feb 2014 (on a dusty old usb) are as follows, all in a directory called MultiBit. directories: multibit.log (containing a log file) multibit-data, containing four backup directories ...
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How can I recover the missing end of my private key?

I found this paper among my old stuff. What can you do with it? Is there any way to fill in the missing part?
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