Questions tagged [storage-footprint]

Questions about the amount of data that is stored on the hard drive.

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I am unable to sync with the network because I have too little disk space

I downloaded Bîtcoin Core on a laptop without knowing it takes up a lot of space and my laptop has only 128 GB disk space. It keeps saying "low disk space" so it won't sync. I sent lots of bitcoins ...
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Why is the Litecoin blockchain smaller than the Bitcoin one?

I do not understand why Litecoin's blockchain size is an order of magnitude smaller than Bitcoin's. Indeed according to this link the Bitcoin blockchain requires 196.52 GB and Litecoin's 16.55 GB. In ...
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Full block chain on a mobile phone

The full block chain size is currently roughly 145GB, I can handle such a download in a laptop or a desktop pc but how does it work on a mobile? I cannot download such an amount of data into my phone, ...
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How to save the bitcoin core (bitcoin-qt) database for later?

Say I've received some Bitcoin using the Bitcoin Core wallet on some linux machine. Say I'm done playing for now. So now I want to free some disk space by deleting the huge database from this machine ...
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Blockchain size problem

According to my understanding, the ledger/blockchain is stored on every computer (node) that partakes in the network. The beauty of this system is that it is decentralised and backed up by every ...
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What is the memory every node allocates locally for the Bitcoin blockchain?

https://blockchain.info/charts/blocks-size states that the current size of the Bitcoin blockchain is ~134,000MB. That is 127GB. Does that mean that every machine that is mining currently allocates ...
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Do I need 145GB disk space to validate and relay transactions with Bitcoin Core?

I wish to withdraw my bitcoin to an external wallet address under my control. I have downloaded a wallet software (Bitcoin Core) but I read that it's a full node that validates and relays transactions ...
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How Can the Bitcoin Wallet Blockchain Size Be So Small?

I have recently been studying more in-depth how bitcoin actually operates, and I have repeatedly heard that the blockchain in its entirety is many Gigabytes in size. As such, how can the storage space ...
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Can I use Armory without having the Blockchain in my laptop?

I just started (to try) to use Bitcoin and the first issue I face is that I need to download the 100+ GB blockchain in order to use any of the wallets, such as Armory. This can take a very long time ...
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SPV clients - how much does occupy the full blockchain headers?

Does a spv client need to download the full blockchain headers? how much does it occupy? is it better for security? I saw a blockchain-headers file in my android wallet that only occupies -30MB.
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Does Armory work with a pruned copy of the blockchain?

I'm recovering a wallet from Armory and the blockchain is taking too much space. My HD is 500 GB big but none of my partitions have more then 70 GB left. The folder .bitcoin/blocks already uses 37 GB ...
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Why are blk*.dat files ~134200000 bytes?

I understand that blocks are stored on disk across multiple blk*.dat files, but why is the maximum file size roughly 134,200,000 bytes? What's the reason behind this file size? Where can I find this ...
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bitcoind crashing due to insufficient memory?

EDIT 3 Bumping my VPS to 1GB of physical RAM stopped the crashing issue... UNTIL said VPS ran out of disc space. I added prune=10240 to my ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf file such that the blockchain file ...
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Do I need to keep all blocks when running Bitcoin Core?

Do I need to keep all blocks, from block 0 up to the current one, when running Bitcoin Core, either as a full node or not? Or can I just keep the more recent blocks to save space?
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How to speed up initial block chain sync using SSD without wasting space?

I have a 60GB SSD as my Windows system drive, which isn't enough to save the entire blockchain to. I installed BitCoin Core (bitcoin-qt) and set the data directory to be on my 2TB HDD. However, the ...
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How much extra disk space does txindex=1 require?

For example for a 1 MB block, does the extra Tx index database take up another 100 kB on average? And a follow-up: once my node has completed -reindex after setting txindex=1 can I COPY the ...
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What hardware requirements does a SPV client have?

I read about SPVs here that: [A SPV] client downloads a complete copy of the headers for all blocks in the entire block chain. This means that the download and storage requirements scale ...
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How will Bitcoin and the Blockchain scale in the future?

I wonder how the whole Bitcoin blockchain system will scale in the future. Given the fact that the size of the blockchain will grow exponentially (roughly a tenfold every ~3 years, looking at the ...
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How to calculate the size of the blockchain?

I want to find the size of the blockchain data. I've been using this Linux command: du --exclude=index /home/me/.bitcoin/blocks/ Is this the most accurate way to do it? And does dividing the result ...
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How do I relocate my bitcoin data in bitcoin-qt to save space?

I am a rather new Bitcoin user, running bitcoin-qt on Linux. However, due to limited disk space, the application is taking up too much of my drive. I'm guessing this is due to the ever-expanding ...
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What are spent transactions?

Satoshi's paper says: Once the latest transaction in a coin is buried under enough blocks, the spent transactions before it can be discarded to save disk space. What are spent transactions?
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Blockchain over 36GB and causing disk space issues

I want to install the bitcoind daemon on a computer with relatively little free space (about 35GB available). I thought that the blockchain was some 20 GB in size and figured that would be no problem, ...
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How much space does deduplication save?

Suppose you have multiple computers on the same network. Also, you use a block-level (note that 'block' is different in this context than what it usually means in Bitcoin) deduplication filesystem ...
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bitcoind getrawmempool without downloading the full blockchain

I'm running bitcoind from a small virtual machine on digitialocean. I'm interested only in looking at the new transactions in bitcoind getrawmempool Is there a way to get these transactions without ...
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How To Lower The Disk Space Needed For Full Blockchain?

I'm looking to run bitcoind on a virtual machine. However the main nets Blockchain size is over 21GB, and growing. Is there a way to compress this down or lower the amount of disk-space needed for ...
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How much space needed to run Bitcoin daemon in amazon AMI?

How much space needed to run Bitcoin daemon in amazon AMI(ubuntu 12.04), I am currently having 20GB is that enough suppose i want to run multiple coin daemon say 6 coin daemons how much space(approx) ...
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How much space does the blockchain take up per day and per hour when running bitcoinQT on my computer?

the blockchain is about 20GB today, but i was wondering how much space does it take up each day if i were to leave bitcoinqt on regularly? also by hour? reason why im asking is im thinking about just ...
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safely delete the blockchain from .bitcoin directory

I have bitcoind installed and I'd like to free up space by deleting the blockchain from my .bitcoin directory. What set of files and directories should I delete such that the next time I start ...
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Can Bitcoin-Qt be configured to trim the blockchain?

I run Bitcoin-Qt and Bitcoin Armory on a laptop. I don't have the space to store the whole 20 GB (or however big it is now) blockchain. I understand the need to run through the entire thing for ...
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As of today Jan-2014. How much drive space does the following coins blockchain data take? [closed]

As of today 2014-January-05. How much drive space does each of these coins take after downloading the complete blockchain? Bitcoin Litecoin PPCoin Florincoin Philosopher Stone Norbits Anonymous Coin ...
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Why aren't blocks “zipped”?

Considering how large the total blockchain is relative to average download speeds, why were the blocks never data compressed before being sent? Why could this not be implemented on a new alt?
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Moving Bitcoin-QT's location

I have bitcoin-qt installed on my Ubuntu box which has an SSD as the main OS drive. I understand that bitcoin-qt is a full client/node and uses a lot of disk activity, which is why I want it off my ...
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If everyone has a copy of the block chain, how much space does it take?

Since every wallet program has the entire block chain info. How much space does the block chain take? And what prevents it from growing too big where we would run out of space?
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Blockchain long run issue

the last days I have thinking about the bitcoins and the technical issues that can have this currency, I am a computer science guy, with many interest in the global economy. The first question that I ...
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Can an attacker make it impossible to reclaim disk space

As I understand it, without implementing disk-space-reclamation as laid out in Satoshi's paper the system will not scale because the blockchain contains a history of every transaction. Bitcoin has ...
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What would be the technical, and wider, implications of a cryptocurrency that used proof-of-disk-space?

ShelbyMooreIII is promoting AnonyMint and/or AnonyCash as a concept* cryptocurrency based on a disk-space intensive algorithm. Some details are given here: http://anonymint.org/#Proof-of-Work_Designs ...
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Is there a bitcoin market for CPU time / memory space / disk space?

Bitcoin mining pools are like lending / borrowing cpu time, but it's only for hashing. Is there something more general; a market where you can lend and borrow cpu time, disk space and so on?
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Read only blockchain in bitcoind , patch ideas

This question is related to to the ( already nearing 2 GB and always increasing size ) blockchain download needed to use the bitcoin network, and is referencing this previous question : Is "...
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Is “Reclaiming Disk Space” already implemented? How effective will it be?

Some people are concerned about the scalability of Bitcoin. The blockchain already has reached nearly 1 GB to download and store, which is not exactly in the spirit of a modern thin client, especially ...