Back in 2013 my grandfather bought BTC. Wallet.dat file was lost most likely due to pc formatting. He would like to recover his wallet or bitcoins or whatever is possible I don’t understand much about this topic.
I don’t know the details, but here is all I know:
- The supposed date of transaction
- Wallet was most likely created using Bitcoin-qt
- I have a snapshot of the transaction made back in 2013 where his
public address appears
- I have access to the same laptop supposedly used to create the wallet
- Laptop was probably formatted at some point
- I found a file I don’t know what it is that weighs around 6mb, and
consists of only Alphanumeric strings and a headers for Msftedit
22.214.171.1240 (copy paste?)
- Searching laptop does not yield any wallet.dat file but lots of
bitcoin related files
Using a file recovery tool is a last resort due to the laptop being formatted (is that word correct?) part and I just don’t want to go there yet.
He is very cautious (except for not backing up wallet.dat lol) and that weird file is stored in a folder named BITCOIN along with a file holding the voucher of his transaction so even if it is not the wallet it should be related to bitcoin.
1 Does anybody know what could be done?
2 Does any body know what that weird file is?
I created a wallet with Bitcoin Core to see what the creation process is and there was a message stating that if the wallet was being created from a backup file then the security phrase would be the same for that backedup wallet. This hints that there is a way of restoring backup files but I didn’t come across it.
3 Would that recovery process help? What file do I need?
I would very much appreciate your help guys, thanks in advance