The Redditor tried to transfer a wallet to a new computer without confirming if the password for the private keys was accessible.
Bitcoiner loses nearly $100,000 of BTC in wallet transfer confusionNOTES
A Redditor issued a warning to „superconfident“ HODLers after losing their wallet password for not acting cautiously enough.
A Bitcoiner with the username Onnar posted that they lost access to the 2.6 Bitcoin (BTC) – about US$96,400 at the time Bitcoin Revolution reviews of publication – while trying to transfer a wallet to a new computer purchased during the holiday. The user claimed to have formatted the drive of his old system without checking whether the password manager still contained the password needed to access the private keys.
„Access my password manager to search for the key and … is not there“, said Onnar. „No mention of a BTC password anywhere. I spend the next 30 minutes checking and checking again, but it’s not there“.
The Redditor admits that the error is „100% your fault“ because he did not confirm that the files could be decrypted before clearing the disk. Onnar theorizes that the password was copied to the password manager, but does not automatically save it.
„I have spent the last week and a half examining all my remaining disk files and annotations, the password is nowhere to be found“.
Many Reddit users sympathized with Onnar’s situation, reacting with stories of their own mistakes. Redditor notmattdamon1 said he „lost a much smaller amount than this but in a similar way“ and was angry with himself for weeks.
Others were advised to avoid similar accidents in the future. „The standard now is to use a hardware wallet and note the seeds on paper and on a metal plate,“ said bjman22. „The standard is not to encrypt your seeds in a computer file for good reasons.
Crypto errors are unfortunately quite common. Last year, gold enthusiast and Bitcoin critic Peter Schiff said he lost access to his cryptomime collections after confusing his wallet pin with his password.
Just before Christmas, a Chainlink user accidentally sent $50,000 in LINK for a smart contract that was not compatible with the token. However, he was able to recover 20% of his losses after the crypto community sent $11,000 via an Aavegotchi donation page.