My hard drive pretty much melted because Dell laptops suck. I saved my private key and would like to access myetherwallet from a new computer. When I enter the private key on its own as a "Keystore File (UTC / JSON)" it wont accept it. I assume thats because it needs to be in a specific format. Can I format a Notepad file so it will accept my private key? If so, how?

Thanks in advance


You can access your wallet using your private key by visiting MyEtherWallet, going to "Send Ether & Tokens", selecting "Private Key", enter in your private key and click the unlock button. After that you should be able to access your wallet again.

  • I tried this. The format of the notepad file does not work. How do I successfully enter the private the key? I probably need a specific step by step explanation if anyone can help with that. Can I enter the private key by opening a notepad file that has the Private Key saved? Or is there a better way to do it?
    – Mwass12
    Sep 12 '17 at 20:15
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    Nevermind. I entered it wrong haha. What a relief! Sorry for taking your time.
    – Mwass12
    Sep 12 '17 at 20:29

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