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Move Bitcoin Folder And Blocks Stored in AppData via Symlinks To New Location

Moving Bitcoin Appdata_ll Alright, so the Bitcoin block files are getting quite large and eating up the disk space of my SSD, so I wanted to move them to another drive, here’s a quick walk-through

1. Step Open the explorer by hitting Windows key + E

2. Step Copy and paste this path into the address bar %AppData%\Bitcoin and verify that the large files are in there

3. Step Now go back one level and move the entire folder to another drive

4. Step If you installed a copy of TeraCopy you can use the fast TeraMove command, alternatively select Move here

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5. Step Open up an elevated command prompt

6. Step Now copy the address bar from the open explorer to your Bitcoin folder and enter mklink /D "Right-click Paste "D:/path/to/block" (replace path/to/block with your own path and where it says “Right-click Paste” simply do a right-click on the prompt and click Paste or alternatively enter it all manually

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7. Step Do not forget the quotes around the paths! Make sure they are valid paths!

8. Step Now fire up Bitcoin to verify that it’s working

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It might now say cannot obtain a lock on data directory – make sure not to fire it up too many times or it will throw that error

Don’t try moving block folder ONLY: Does Not Work

If you want to move only the blocks folder, don’t try it. I’ve done that and it doesn’t work, it will try to re-create the block folders. Error message is something like “error locating block, do you want to rebuild the blocks”?

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Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013 Last Modified: May 10, 2013

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