How to Make and Restore a Backup of Your Wallet (Windows)

  1. XTRABYTES
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    December 6, 2017 at 03:43
    How to Make and Restore a Backup of Your Wallet (Windows)


    Making a backup of your wallet is an important step in securing access to your coins.
    We recommend that you make multiple backups, at least one offline on a USB-drive or a CD/DVD.
    What if a fire burns down your house or apartment? It’s a good idea to keep a backup of your wallet in multiple locations (especially for long-term security).

    When you backup your wallet, a copy of your ’wallet.dat’ file is created..
    The ’wallet.dat file’ is needed to access the corresponding funds on the network.

    To make the rest of this tutorial easier, enable ’Show File Extensions’ in Windows.
    In Windows 10 you can find it when you open a folder. Go the top menu, select View.
    In the section below, there is an option to ’Show File Extensions’. Make sure it is selected.

    file extension.jpg


    Making a backup
    Step 1
    Start the wallet software and go to File and click Backup Wallet.

    backup_wallet.jpg


    Step 2

    Find a location and give the backup a name. Press Save.

    And that’s it. Make sure to keep this backup file in a safe place, preferably in multiple locations. Lose it and you lose access to your funds. Keep a backup on a USB drive, DVD's, external harddrives or anything other than your main computer.


    Restoring a backup
    Do you know the location of your blockchain?

    The default is ’C:\Users\your_windows_user_name\AppData\Roaming\xtrabytes’

    I recommend you follow the steps in the tutorial How to install the wallet software (Windows) to create a custom data directory for the blockchain and ’wallet.dat’


    Step 1
    Locate your wallet backup. If you used the default install path, hold the windows key and press R. In the box, write %appdata% - This will take you to the default storage directory.


    Step 2
    Copy the file into the same directory where you store your blockchain.

    If you followed the steps in the tutorial How to install the wallet software (Windows) - your directory would be ’C:\xtrabytes\data\’


    Step 3
    If you have given your backup a different name, rename it to wallet.dat

    my_backup_wallet.jpg


    Step 4
    Start the wallet software, you are now able to access your restored wallet.


    Note
    If you have multiple wallet.dat’s, see the tutorial How to create multiple data directories and wallet.dat files


    Credits: molten
     
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  2. fish313
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    December 7, 2017 at 06:00
    Thanks Molten! Very helpful information.
     
  3. Shixy
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    December 7, 2017 at 10:18
    Quality information.
     
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    December 8, 2017 at 08:38
    Thank you, very helpful.
     
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    December 15, 2017 at 08:58
    thank you~ was looking for this. it would be great to add this into the context menu for the wallet though. will help newbies.
     
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    December 15, 2017 at 09:20
    Very nice, i've just done it for both wallets, Fuel and the normal one! Like those pictures they indeed help me as a noob
     
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    December 15, 2017 at 11:44
    very nice, i would recommend to add to the first step
    open the search and type in " %appdata% "
    which leads you directly to the roaming folder
     
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    December 16, 2017 at 05:44
    Thanks, this is really helpful.
     
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    December 16, 2017 at 06:35
    Thank you. I did it :)
     
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    December 17, 2017 at 09:33
    thanks for the guide!
     
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    December 17, 2017 at 06:10
    Thanks!
    At some point, will it be possible to add an "open exiting wallet" button into the wallet software? That may simplify this a bit further.
     
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    December 30, 2017 at 02:53
    Thanks for the tip. Added
     
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    January 4, 2018 at 03:31
    hi, sorry, I cannot seem to find the "blockchain" anywhere on my computer? I've made a backup file and I am not trying to restore my wallet but I'd like to be prepared just in case. I cannot seem to find the picture under point 3 anywhere. the only wallet.dat I can find is the one on my usb drive. Also, the only Xtrabytes relevant "thing" on my laptop seems to be the application itself. Thank you
     
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    January 5, 2018 at 05:02
    Try to hold the windows button, then press R
    Write %appdata% in the box and press enter
    Go to Roaming
    Then go to Xtrabytes
    You should find it there.
     
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    January 7, 2018 at 10:26
    Thank you sir
     
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