client – Triying to help grandpa recover his bitcoins

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Back in 2013 my grandfather bought BTC. Wallet.dat file was lost most likely due to pc formatting. He would like to recover his wallet or bitcoins or whatever is possible I don’t understand much about this topic.

I don’t know the details, but here is all I know:

  • The supposed date of transaction
  • Wallet was most likely created using Bitcoin-qt
  • I have a snapshot of the transaction made back in 2013 where his
    public address appears
  • I have access to the same laptop supposedly used to create the wallet
  • Laptop was probably formatted at some point
  • I found a file I don’t know what it is that weighs around 6mb, and
    consists of only Alphanumeric strings and a headers for Msftedit
    5.41.21.2510 (copy paste?)
  • Searching laptop does not yield any wallet.dat file but lots of
    bitcoin related files

Using a file recovery tool is a last resort due to the laptop being formatted (is that word correct?) part and I just don’t want to go there yet.

He is very cautious (except for not backing up wallet.dat lol) and that weird file is stored in a folder named BITCOIN along with a file holding the voucher of his transaction so even if it is not the wallet it should be related to bitcoin.

1 Does anybody know what could be done?
2 Does any body know what that weird file is?

I created a wallet with Bitcoin Core to see what the creation process is and there was a message stating that if the wallet was being created from a backup file then the security phrase would be the same for that backedup wallet. This hints that there is a way of restoring backup files but I didn’t come across it.

3 Would that recovery process help? What file do I need?

I would very much appreciate your help guys, thanks in advance
Alvaro



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