Being, now, aware that users of Bitcoin Core (v0.12.1.0-g9779e1e) are no longer to use a torrent download of a
bootstrap.dat and, instead, are admonished to simply launch Bitcoin Core and permit "Synchronizing with network...", I nevertheless have a situation that may require a more nuanced decision:
- I'm recovering from a backup and it says "50 weeks behind..."
- By the time I discovered
boostrap.datwas no longer faster I had already torrent downloaded most of
Number 1 leads me to believe my use case may be an exceptional use case that may download everything for the last year before becoming operational again -- rather than the minimum amount(?) necessary to begin secure operation.
Number 2 means I may be able to complete the download in about 12 hours to SATA SSD and then be able to load from that file only the minimum amount(?) necessary in a total amount of time much faster than downloading "50 weeks behind" of blockchain.
Should I go ahead with the torrent of
bootstrap.dat and load it or should I stop the torrent and just let Bitcoin Core complete "Synchronizing with network..." even though it says "50 weeks behind"?