Just Started with using a bitcoin wallet, had a few questions.


edit: Unchecking ‘Connect through SOCKS5 proxy’ solved the problem. It is syncing again.

I am using the Bitcoin core wallet, and I am having trouble synchronizing. It has been stopped 11.90% for several hours. Here is the message I have:

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Now first, Is this thing downloading the whole block chain onto my computer? If so, is there a way to control where it downloads too?
Second, is there an easier wallet I should be using? I already have some money in this one so my last question would be is there a way to transfer the wallet to another client, or do I just have to wait for this to finish syncing?
I know I probably don’t sound like I know what I’m doing so please bear with me.



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5 comments

  1. Zatouroffski - Reply

    Lightweight wallets doesn’t download blockchain database but they connects to a bitcoin core to validate transactions in background.

    Breadwallet for iOS, Mycelium for non-rooted Android, Electrum for a clean PC will do the job.

  2. time_wasted504 - Reply

    It is downloading the entire blockchain (approx 170GB) you can change the download location.

    Stop Core, Find the data directory (windows default is C:/users/username/Appdata/Roaming/bitcoin) and move it where you want it. Start Core, it will ask to use default or custom, choose custom and set to new location.

    https://bitzuma.com/posts/moving-the-bitcoin-core-data-directory/

    Wait, then wait some more. My original download took days. Not only is it downloading the entire blockchain, I think it also verifys each block independently.

  3. AstarJoe - Reply

    My initial download of the blockchain too almost a week. But that was prior to some recent optimizations, so it should be faster to sync now.

    If recommend just using mycelium on your Android phone, if you have one. I also hear rumors that Trezor is working on a mobile wallet. If and when that happens im switching everything over to that. I love those guys.

  4. ahart - Reply

    Unchecking ‘Connect through SOCKS5 proxy’ solved the problem. It is syncing again. Thanks for helping everyone. I will check out electrum once it is all synced.

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