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Changing the Location of the Monero Blockchain Data

I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at my computer and noticed how little space I have left free on my primary drive. Not only can this be an inconvenience, but it can host a number of issues for the system in general. Unfortunately, most crypto requires that a user sync with the network, which can result in obscene amounts of data being stored. For those of you that want to move this data to another drive or network storage, this is the article for you.

If you are using the GUI wallet, your job is going to be very easy. First, you have to make sure that the daemon is stopped and the wallet is not running. If you are running Windows 10 or 8, your blockchain data is stored under ProgramData in a folder named “bitmonero.” All you have to do to get started is COPY the folder to a new location, fire up your GUI, and change the data path.

If you can’t find your ProgramData folder, it may be hidden. Open the run dialog box “Windows Key +R” and type %programdata%, hit ENTER

Once the folder has been copied to the new location, fire up your GUI Wallet.

  • Click Settings
  • Stop the Deamon
  • Enter the new folder location in the “Blockchain Location Field.”
  • Start the Deamon
  • Verify everything works
  • Delete the folder under ProgramData
  • Enjoy

If you are going to use the command line wallet, which I prefer, your task is a little simpler. All you have to do is start monerod.exe with the –data-dir flag. You can do this each time you type the command (not fun), or you can create a batch file to do this for you all the time.

  • Create a new file in notepad wherever your monero wallet files are.
  • type the following
  • @echo off
    monerod.exe --data-dir D:\pathtoyournewblockchain
  • Save the file as something memorable, monerod.bat
  • Enjoy

About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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