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tutorial:backup-restore-wallet [2019/06/03 13:32]
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 # Backup & Restore wallet # Backup & Restore wallet
  
-<lead>Your funds are backed up by Recovery Phrase (~ mnemonic seed) during wallet creation.</lead>+<lead>Your funds are backed up by Recovery Phrase (~ mnemonic seed) during wallet creation</lead>
  
 ..and that is enough to keep your coins safe. ..and that is enough to keep your coins safe.
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 <callout type="warning" icon="true"> <callout type="warning" icon="true">
-Always backup your `wallet.dat` to a secure place (USB, external drive etc.) – if anyone would get access to it and knew your wallet password, they could steal your coins! That is the main reason to encrypt your wallet right after you created one.+**Always backup your `wallet.dat` to a secure place** (USB, external drive etc.) – if anyone would get access to it and knew your wallet password, they could steal your coins! That is the main reason to encrypt your wallet right after you created one.
 </callout> </callout>
  
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   1. close your wallet (if running)   1. close your wallet (if running)
-  2. manually [locate your wallet.dat file](learn:wallets:#file-structure) on disk (depending on your OS)+  2. manually locate your wallet.dat file on disk (see below)
   3. copy the file to a safe and secure place manually (do not move – copy!)   3. copy the file to a safe and secure place manually (do not move – copy!)
  
 When making backups, it's sane to name the backup files properly, e.g. including wallet name/type and date, like `part-wallet-personal_2019-06-03.dat`. This will help you greatly later, when you'll have many backup files. When making backups, it's sane to name the backup files properly, e.g. including wallet name/type and date, like `part-wallet-personal_2019-06-03.dat`. This will help you greatly later, when you'll have many backup files.
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 +
 +### Where is wallet.dat?
 +
 +Look in these folders (depending on your OS):
 +
 +^ OS      ^ Path to directory  ^
 +| {{fa>windows?fw}} Windows | `%AppData%\Particl` |
 +| {{fa>apple?fw}} macOS     | `~/Library/Application Support/Particl` |
 +| {{fa>linux?fw}} Linux     | `~/.particl` |
 +
 +You should look for either a file called `wallet.dat` or a folder called `wallet` (or something else, if you chose a custom wallet name when creating it), in which you should find the `wallet.dat` file.
 +
  
 ## Restoring existing wallet ## Restoring existing wallet
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   1. close your wallet (if running)   1. close your wallet (if running)
-  2. copy your backed up `wallet.dat` file to a [correct folder](learn:wallets:#file-structure) depending on your OS+  2. copy your backed up `wallet.dat` file to a correct folder depending on your OS
   3. rename the file to its original name (e.g. if you renamed `wallet.dat` to `personal-wallet_2019-06-03.dat`, rename it back to `wallet.dat`, otherwise it won't be recognized)   3. rename the file to its original name (e.g. if you renamed `wallet.dat` to `personal-wallet_2019-06-03.dat`, rename it back to `wallet.dat`, otherwise it won't be recognized)
   4. launch your wallet again and unlock it with your wallet password   4. launch your wallet again and unlock it with your wallet password
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 +{{tag>security}}
 +
 +<well size="sm">
 +=== Related pages ===
 +{{topic>security}}
 +</well>