If you are running a Litecoin QT wallet on your computer, it’s highly recommended to backup litecoin wallet on monthly basis. Backup can come handy in case of hardware failure or corrupt hard-drive. Backing up wallet is very simple, all you need is to copy wallet.dat file to somewhere else. Your wallet.dat file contains your private key(s) as well the addresses that hold money (if any), if empty then it’s not much of a use.
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How To Backup Litecoin Wallet
Note : first of all, make sure that your wallet is encrypted (instructions here).
Step 1. Open your Litecoin wallet, make sure the client must have the blockchain fully synchronized.
Step 2. If your wallet.dat file is not encrypted anyone can easily steal all of your coins. We strongly recommend you to encrypt your Litecoin wallet as instructed above.
Step 3. Now close your client and locate your Litecoin wallet.dat
Locating Wallet.dat / Blockchain in Windows :
- (Windows XP)
C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application data\Litecoin
- (Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8)
Locating Wallet.dat / Blockchain in Mac OS :
Locating Wallet.dat / Blockchain in Linux :
Step 4. Copy / Save your wallet.dat on external hard disk or wherever you want. It’s recommended to store your wallet on multiple locations. You can also add another layer of security by including another encryption layer to “wallet.dat” file using encryption tools like TrueCrypt. You can also use WinRar and set a strong password.
Restoring your wallet file
Restoring a wallet backup is totally opposite of backing up, just copy the wallet.dat file from your thumb drive to the same location mentioned in Step 3. Just follow these steps:
- Shut down the Litecoin QT Wallet.
- Copy your backed-up wallet.dat into your Litecoin data directory.
- Relaunch QT wallet, it’ll automatically rescan the block chain and should leave you with all your coins.