Questions tagged [wallet-recovery]

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 restore a ripple wallet, having the security key?

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 its a key store; my coins are of course "stored" as records of the events on the blockchain. Imagine I ...
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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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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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Backup of a bitcoind wallet using the extended private masterkey only

If I understand correctly, bitcoind makes use of a extended private masterkey in order to deterministically generate private/public keys for a wallet. Using the dumpwallet command, I'm able to get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restore android wallet on a mac

Ok, so I have this bitcoin wallet backup. I have the 12 word seed I have a password I have a number in this format ****/** that I wrote down. I made this backup on an android tablet. Not sure which ...
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Recover Wallet password (MultiBit Classic Version : 0.5.14) MAC

Back in 2013 my parents bought 2 BTC, put a password on the wallet and haven't touched it sense. I am 80% sure I have the password correct, but no luck. But they were smart enough to back up all of ...
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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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I've deleted my wallet and never backed up my files. How can I recover my coins?

I've deleted my wallet when I wiped my computer recently and never backed up my files. The only thing I've done was convert money into bitcoins and it was sitting in my wallet never touched. I reached ...
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Can a BIP39 12-word mnemonic be used to restore a wallet through bitcoin-cli?

I could not find documentation on using a 12-word BIP39 Mnemonic to restore a wallet through bitcoin-cli. It seems that importprivkey might be the right RPC call but when I provide the 12 words, it ...
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How can Electrum restore a wallet?

I've some questions about the technique of storing and restoring a wallet using Electrum. I found out that Electrum stored a file on my PC. This file has my wallet's name so I think this file ...
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What happens when a hardware wallet, like Trezor, suffers a hardware damage?

What happens when my hardware wallet e.g. http://trezor.io stops working? It would be great if someone could outline the procedure. And if there are multiple ways I would like to compare by ...
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How can I recover BCH sent to a Trezor BTC address?

I accidentally sent my BCH from Breadwallet to a BTC address from my Trezor wallet. Is there any way to retrieve that back to my BCH wallet? The BTC wallet I sent the money to is mine, so I own the ...
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Multibit HD wallet - cannot open or restore, I have password and secret words

I can't open either of my 2 Multibit HD wallets. It says "Password did not unlock the wallet" on both. I have tried restoring from all the possible backups, my passwords are correct and my secret ...
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What would happen to my bitcoins?

I have a Bitcoin wallet for android and I would like to know what happens if I back up the wallet and restore it in other phone. Will I be able to use the bitcoins in both devices? Thanks in advance
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Is a 'seed phrase' independent of the type of wallet?

I have had a few things happen on my PC and for the moment can't directly call up my bitcoin in its old wallet. There are files from various wallets sitting in my home directory but before I try to ...

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