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bitcoin qt - How to use the "Bootstrap.dat" file
  • user8844

    I have searched around, and nothing I find works for me.

    Downloaded the approx. 10 GB Bootstrap.dat file.

    Now stuck on trying to link it with Bitcoin-QT.

    Tried the

    bitcon-qt -loadblock=/path/to/bootstrap.dat command in the console box in the Bitcoin-QT app.

    Also tried copying the file into the AppData/Roaming/Bitcoin file... Still no luck...

    Im running Windows 7, anyone have step by step instructions on how to set this up?

    It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  •  Answers:

  • user8844

    Okay, it appears after much trail and error that you just put the bootstrap.dat file in the AppData/Roaming/Bitcoin folder. You can leave everything else in that file untouched, just add the bootstrap file in the Bitcoin folder, NOT in the sub folders(blocks,chainstate or database).

    I left the bootstrap file in there, and finally Bitcoin-QT found it, and on the bottom it states "Importing blocks from disk..." and im currently at 80 weeks behind on the update, compared to 240+.

    Hopefully this helps others in the future. I was reading crap about using the -loadblock command and extracting/unzipping the .dat file.... well this wasnt needed. At least it isn't needed on the current version of QT, which i believe is .8.0.5