satoshi – Locating bitcoin from 2009

This sort of question comes up moderately often. is a self-help Q&A website and has never provided Bitcoin wallets or acted as a custodian of money or as a register of Bitcoin accounts. It has always been no more than a place where people like you and I can answer other people’s questions.

You need to do one of the following:

  • Find a file named wallet.dat. Find or remember any password you might have used to protect the wallet.
  • Find a piece of paper where you wrote a “private key” – a string of letters and digits similar in length to E9873D79C6D87DC0FB6A5778633389F4453213303DA61F20BD67FC233AA33262.

Without something more definite than you wrote above, your $25 is lost forever.

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