The Size of the Bitcoin Blockchain Data Files Has Reached 50GB

29 Sep
2015

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Earlier this year we have reported when the Bitcoin Blockchain data files have passed the 40GB mark and now, just about three and a half months later, the data files have reached a total size of 50GB. This all comes as a result of the increased number of transactions and the wider usage and adoption of Bitcoin, but as the size of the Blockchain data continues to grow it also becomes harder for users to run a full local wallet. An alternative is to go for a lighter version of a Bitcoin wallet that does not need all of the Blockchain data stored locally. You can also go for a service offering online Bitcoin wallets a more attractive choice as they will save you the trouble of taking up quite a lot of space on your hard drive and the slow update times if you do not run the wallet often enough to keep it synchronized. Not to mention that if you are using the default data directory on your C drive you might be having trouble finding enough free space, especially if you use a smaller SSD for a system drive. The solution for this would be to move the Blockchain data files to another drive and run the Bitcoin Core client with the datadir parameter pointing it to the drive and folder you have moved the data files in like for example a second hard drive.



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