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December 01, 2017, 11:26:05 AM
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Hello,
I am a first user of Armory. I did install it succesfully, I have an offline wallet. When I start Armory I see Preparing databases and the message Armory is scanning. But furthermore nothing happens, for hours. Is this OK? Must I be patient? Or isn't happening anything? The computer is connected to the internet, by the way.

I hope anyone can help me, I am getting rather nervous.

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Paul
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December 01, 2017, 02:01:37 PM
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Do you have a node running?

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December 01, 2017, 04:09:23 PM
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Thanks for your answer. What is a node?
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December 01, 2017, 05:20:10 PM
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Thanks for your answer. What is a node?
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A node is the Bitcoin Core software.

You know, the software which creates the underlying infrastructure for the entire Bitcoin network.

If you aren't the sole controller of your private keys, you don't have any bitcoins.
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December 02, 2017, 10:23:50 AM
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Is it correct that downloading and installing the node Bitcoin core takes days? Is there another way?
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December 02, 2017, 11:16:13 AM
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Is it correct that downloading and installing the node Bitcoin core takes days? Is there another way?
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In a word, NO.

Armory absolutely MUST have a fully synced Bitcoin Core to be able to function properly. If you have sent coins to an address in your Armory wallet, the only way you can get them back out is to either install Bitcoin Core and let it sync up fully... OR you will have to manually export the private keys from Armory and then import them into a different wallet.

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December 02, 2017, 11:39:34 AM
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Hello,
Bitcoin core will take another 39 hours. What will be another, more handy wallet? Will you advise a hardware wallet?
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December 02, 2017, 12:20:36 PM
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If you just want a lightweight wallet that doesn't require you to have Bitcoin Core installed and running... but is also relatively secure if used properly, I'd suggest Electrum (https://electrum.org/#download). It is easy to use, actively maintained and can also be used in an Offline/Online two computer setup if you want...

Hardware wallets are good, if you don't mind the cost of purchasing one. Tongue

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December 04, 2017, 09:22:31 PM
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Thanks for your answer. I have made an Armory wallet. I have a paper backup with the Root Key. Is the a general key or is it specific for Armory?
Someone sent bitcoins to it and that transaction went OK. But I can't get the Armory wallet online uitil I have made a node? Is that correct?
If I make an Electrum wallet, can I import the Armory wallet or the content of it?
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December 05, 2017, 12:49:36 AM
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Thanks for your answer. I have made an Armory wallet. I have a paper backup with the Root Key. Is the a general key or is it specific for Armory?
Paper Backup with Root Key is Armory Specific. To the best of my knowledge, no other wallet is able to use this root key.


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Someone sent bitcoins to it and that transaction went OK. But I can't get the Armory wallet online uitil I have made a node? Is that correct?
Yes, you cannot get Armory wallet online without a full Bitcoin Node (that is also fully synced).


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If I make an Electrum wallet, can I import the Armory wallet or the content of it?
You cannot directly import the Armory wallet. You would need to export the private keys from the Armory wallet, and import the private keys into Electrum

Wallet Properties -> Backup This Wallet -> See other backup options -> select "Export Key Lists" -> [click Export Keys List button] -> select "Address String", "Private Key (Plain Base58)", "Included unused (address pool)" and "Omit spaces in key data"

You will get a list of your addresses and matching private keys in WIF format. You can then import the WIF keys into Electrum (or any other wallet)

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December 07, 2017, 02:08:31 PM
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Hello,
You're a great help, thank you very much. Starting with Bitcoin is a tricky bussiness for me. I did export the private keys as you so clearly explained. But at the end, pressing the button Save to file nothing happens. I can copy to clipboard and paste into Word (184 pages) but I dont think you can import a Word file into Electrum. Is there somethhing wrong, am I doing something wrong or should I be more patient and will the file be somewhere? Where will the file eventually be?
Thanks a lot again,
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December 07, 2017, 08:44:25 PM
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You can't import a text file either... you need to copy paste the private keys... if you have managed to do the "export keys list" as I described above... then you should be able to find the address and matching private key that the person sent coins to.

You can then just import (or sweep) that single private key into Electrum.

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December 07, 2017, 09:43:26 PM
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Yes, that's a great idea. I will try it tomorrow and let you know the result.
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Paul
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December 08, 2017, 06:38:42 PM
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Hello HCP,
Thanks a lot, it worked. I only imported the personal key, connected to the address the bitcoins haven been sent to. I have now an Electrum wallet. But only with one personal key. Because Armory runs on another computer (it runs only on a 64bit system) than Electrum. I have no idea how to import the total adresses and key's list. So I have to do some work but it is the first time I really saw a (little) amount of bitcoins. So I can calm down my nerves. I am indeed very grateful for your persistent en competent help. best regards, Paul
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December 09, 2017, 03:15:46 AM
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Get a USB stick... create a new text file on it... copy/paste the private keys into the text file... take the usb stick to the other computer... copy/paste the keys from it.

If you didn't use Armory that much, you'll only need a few of the private keys to get all your coins.

I would recommend you actually create a new "Standard" wallet in Electrum with a 12 word seed... and then transfer any recovered bitcoins from the wallet with the imported Armory private keys to the new wallet... then start using the new wallet.

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December 09, 2017, 07:28:00 AM
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Thank you HCP, thank you very much, you have saved my (bitcoin) life.
best regards,
Paul
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