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

1 Answer 1


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
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 20:15
  • 1
    Nevermind. I entered it wrong haha. What a relief! Sorry for taking your time.
    – Mwass12
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 20:29

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.