Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

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oemb1905
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Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by oemb1905 » Sat May 14, 2016 3:27 pm

I had a computer crash and had everything backed up except my namecoin library files / private keys / etc., etc.

As a result, I had to created a new namecoin-qt instance on the new computer.

Now, when attempting to register d/example (which is mine on my old now defunct machine with no backup) it says - quite accurately - that the name is not available.

Is there any way for me to reclaim this .bit address despite having lost all my previous information?

Is there some type of transfer?

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Re: Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by johnc » Sat May 14, 2016 5:07 pm

you really need your wallet.dat from appdata/roaming/namecoin on your old computer.

did you tried to run a recovery utility on the old disk from another computer? take out the drive and use a external adaptor. You may be able to access it that way.

If not, you must wait to the domain to expire and register it again asap.

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Re: Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by oemb1905 » Sat May 14, 2016 7:01 pm

Cool

Yeah ... I save everything, but just messed up on this one. By the time I realized it - it was too late. Anyways, I really appreciate you confirming I need to wait for expiry.

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Re: Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by biolizard89 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:01 pm

FWIW, this is technically a usability flaw in Namecoin Core (which is inherited from Bitcoin Core). Wallets like Armory make backups much more usable (and make it much harder to accidentally not back up).
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Re: Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by omarabid » Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:15 pm

biolizard89 wrote:FWIW, this is technically a usability flaw in Namecoin Core (which is inherited from Bitcoin Core). Wallets like Armory make backups much more usable (and make it much harder to accidentally not back up).
Does Namecoin support HID wallets? It'll probably find its way to bitcoin core gui sometime in the future. Will be quite useful for namecoin.

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Re: Retrieving Old .bit Addresses

Post by johnc » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:44 am

oemb1905 , if you had your *old* disk and you didn't write much into it. you could recover some files even if you deleted them and reinstalled windows on top. i use recuva for example. there is no guarantee but it may find something.

new Namecoin 0.13 will support HD wallets. still on beta, backup your wallets! i'm not sure if you can migrate a .bit from the old wallet to a HD one, i guess the wallet still need to keep the old private keys. ?

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