Preface: I’ve been trying to crack this old Bitcoin Core Wallet for a few days now, it has been a rollercoaster (as this story of recovering wallets typically is). The sequence of events goes something like this: Cracked my old Windows 8 user password to get into the drive to get the wallet.dat, ran PyWallet –dumpwallet, PyWallet could not open wallet.dat/main, ran –dumpwallet and –recovery together and sent it to a USB partition, it finally got me something.
It only managed to recover 61 keys but there are still 180-something keys it couldn’t recover and none of those 61 keys have the coins. The wallet is non-passkey so I don’t have to worry about that. I’m trying to figure out why I can only recover 61 of these keys.
I’m at a point where I’m considering running something like photoRec or foremost to find any kind of original wallet.dat.