Questions tagged [wallet-recovery]

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

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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? [duplicate]

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is this 12-word mnemonic deemed invalid by multiple wallets?

I have a 12-word mnemonic from a Blockchain.info wallet created in May 2013. But now the Blockchain recovery page[1] tells me this is an invalid seed. I'm sure this is not user error, since the ...
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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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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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Is it possible to use the same BIP39 list of seed words to create addresses for different crypto assets?

Currently, as a matter of convenience, I'm holding small about of crypto assets on various exchanges. It's not ideal - I'd much rather store them locally, have access to the private keys, be in full ...
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Is there another wallet that can restore from MultiBit's seed words?

We've had a lot of questions revolving around stuck transactions due to apparently non-existent fee estimation and unconfirmed balance bugs on MultiBit in the past weeks. Some get resolved by using ...
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If I restore my electrum wallet from seed will I lose my pending transaction

So I have seen everywhere that boosting fees can be a scam and I do not have enough techy knowledge to do so anyhow or for that matter to directly delete my transaction using pythonwallet. Whilst ...
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Do I understand correctly that mnemonic seeds are specific to individual wallet software and its versions?

I know mnemonic passphrases are used to derive a master key that can then be used to procedurally generate your addresses. If you lose everything except the mnemonic, you can regenerate everything and ...
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Can't open my bitcoin wallet

Help please. In 2013 I could not remember my password. I just recovered my password. I try to open the same wallet I used before but only get a message from Adobe Reader "unable to open because ...
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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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Bitcoin Core Old Wallet.dat Vulnerability

Own a wallet.dat file from 2010-2011. Yesterday I saw there was a vulnerability which is makes attacking somewhat easier if your wallet is generated by old client and I'm pretty sure my wallet is ...
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BIP 44 is scanning external chain really enough?

When reading the BIP 44 proposal I stumbled upon this paragraph about address discovery: We scan just the external chains, because internal chains receive only coins that come from the associated ...
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does 24-word recovery seed recover just bitcoins or all coins?

I keep Bitcoins, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Ethereum (via My Ethereum Wallet) and Litecoins on a Trezor. Question 1: In the event that my Trezor is lost or destroyed, will my 24 word recovery ...
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Is the seed everything I need to recreate a wallet?

During creation of my wallet, I was given a list of 12 words ("the seed") that I scribbled somewhere. Let's assume that I lose all my storage, everything related to my wallet -- except for the seed. ...