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I run bitcoin-core QT and I downloaded the full ledger data to an external HD so I can move between machines. My wallet.dat file is secured someplace else.

I start-up the QT client giving the external hard disk as the data root.

So after I put my real wallet.dat file in the data directory (and restart the client with -rescan):

Do I really have to keep it in the directory where the ledger data is saved? Is that safe?

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    You can use the -wallet=<path> startup option to specify a custom path to your wallet. – darosior Jun 20 '20 at 18:13
  • @darosior Is this the recommended approach when one wants to have the ledger data in a separate place? please add an answer so I can mark it as the correct answer. – Felipe Jun 20 '20 at 18:43
  • It seems to me to be the most straightforward one. Added an answer. – darosior Jun 21 '20 at 8:13
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If you want your wallet database (file) to be in a different directory than your data directory, you can use the -wallet=<path> startup option to specify a custom path to your wallet.

Quoting the manpage:

-wallet=< path >
Specify wallet database path. Can be specified multiple times to load multiple wallets. Path is interpreted relative to <wallet‐ dir> if it is not absolute, and will be created if it does not exist (as a directory containing a wallet.dat file and log files). For backwards compatibility this will also accept names of existing data files in .)

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