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I'd like to run Bitcoin Core but my laptop can't handle the load. I have an external drive with enough space, but I'm unsure if/how to change the file destination upon opening the program. Is this possible?

  • Hi, yes it is possible, you can easily find this information about Bitcoin Core on Google, and I'm pretty sure that Bitcoin Core will ask on first startup for data location. Besides, if you're a bit short on storage, I can also suggest you to prune the blockchain, you can trim it down to 550MB if you want (at the cost of some advances features becoming unusable though) – Sosthène Sep 16 at 14:03
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You can change the data directory

data-directory-setup

https://bitcoin.org/en/full-node#linux-instructions

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This and this should be helpful.

You start Bitcoin Core with the -datadir=<path> option where <path> is the path to the datadir on your external drive.

You can put the path to the datadir in your bitcoin.conf file with datadir=/your/path if you don't want to have to always start Bitcoin Core with that datadir flag.

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