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Max777

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  1. The event happened around the middle of March and the computer has been restarted around 5 times. I will immediately follow your advice and image the disk ... just in case. I will also learn from the experience. Thank you.
  2. My heart stopped when I saw that! As expected though, I'm using Win 7 and apparently clipboard history isn't available. I'll keep looking. Thank you so much!
  3. Thank you, BillyOckham. You're exactly right. I'm confusing things as well as wielding the chainsaw one handed with no guards! I feel like I've gained a bit of ground from this discussion. In the end I feel like all that is required is some advanced forensics to get into The Wallet on my computer and recover the XRP, forensics I'm unable to provide. In fact, I will gladly give 15,000 XRP to anyone who can help me retrieve them. If anyone any thoughts on this, please send me an email to 15kXRPs@protonmail.com. Thanks again.
  4. Ah! I did realize that a pass phrase was still required. What I didn't realize was that even if the hardware wallet was destroyed, the XRP was still accessible with the pass phrase. Thank you. The wallet support team did verify there was no limit to the number of times I could try different passwords. I even wrote a little script to generate passwords based on possible fat-fingered variations to try to be methodical about it. The next day, I had another idea for a possible password, but this time when I opened the wallet to enter the password, there was no place to enter the password! I'm pretty sure I didn't forget my password, so now I'm thinking when the computer restarted with the wallet open, somehow, something with related to the password got corrupted. And then when the option to enter a password went away, it seemed even more likely. Everything is still on my computer. I'm still trying to figure out the next step. But what if an unscrupulous character (i.e. NOT the government) used tried and true torture techniques, up to and including death and dismemberment, to cause me to "voluntarily" give them them key. Could they transfer the XRP to their own wallet and live happily ever after as long they don't leave any physical evidence and I'm never able to identify therm? I agree, but I bet someone could figure out a way over that hurdle, especially if no one's trying to remain anonymous and can make a convincing case that they are the rightful owners. Anyway, I really appreciate your response. For now I'll keep trying to figure out how to get into this wallet. Like I said before, I've taken full responsibility for this transgression and never expect to see these particular XRP again. But I'll keep trying in the meantime. Thanks again.
  5. I have a question regarding lost pass phrases and phones, computer crashes, etc., where one can no longer access their XRP. I understand that when my phone falls over the side of a boat and sinks to the bottom of the ocean, that all photos and files stored on that phone are lost forever. That makes sense to me. Regarding XRP, I also understand that if the XRP are stored on a Nano Ledger or similar cold storage device and that device is destroyed, the XRP are lost forever. Again, this makes sense to me. And it is also my understanding that if the XRP are stored in a software wallet, the XRP do not actually reside on the computer or phone, that they reside on “the blockchain”. And if the computer or phone is destroyed, it is possible to retrieve the XRP is by using a 12- or 24-word pass phrase. When a human is involved, things can happen that we never thought would happen. What if that 12-word pass phrase was no longer available at the time it was needed most? Do the XRP float forever on the block chain? What happens to them? What I don't understand is how XRP, arguably the "greatest digital asset ever created”, requires that I keep a random 12-word phrase written on a piece of paper in a safe and secure place to maintain possession. I mean, I used ID to buy it, I know the time the XRP were placed into the wallet/blockchain, and I know the number of XRP involved. It really seems like it should be possible for me to prove I own them. Here's what happened in my particular situation: I installed a software Wallet. Instead of writing the 12-word phrase on paper with a pencil, I copied it to Excel. I then transferred XRP from Binance to the Wallet. So far so good. With both the Wallet and the Excel file open still open, I stepped away from the computer and when I returned the computer had restarted. The password wouldn't work so I could no longer open the Wallet. The Excel autosave functionality didn't happen to capture the 12-word phrase. The whole process took less than 20 minutes, from start to finish. Is it really all over just as quickly as it began? I am fully prepared to accept this loss. It just seems that a hand written note shouldn’t be the weak link in this technology. It also seems like there would be some sort of process in place to accommodate for human error. If anyone has any thoughts on to retrieve the lost XRP, or, to help me understand why they are indeed gone forever, it would be very much appreciated. Warmest regards!
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