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January 01, 2012, 10:07:11 PM
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My Question is how much space would the full Block chain and the client take up on a HDD?

I'm starting more Virtual-Box Operating systems and want to know how much space I should allocate to Bitcoin.

(I am a 1MB block supporter who thinks all users should be using Full-Node clients)
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The Bitcoin network protocol was designed to be extremely flexible. It can be used to create timed transactions, escrow transactions, multi-signature transactions, etc. The current features of the client only hint at what will be possible in the future.
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January 01, 2012, 10:13:08 PM
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I think it was like 1GB I last heard. I can't remember where from though, it might have been from some people commenting on the time it takes to download it when you first start.

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January 01, 2012, 10:27:05 PM
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If it were me, I would allocate 2.5 GB to the vanilla Bitcoin client and its copy of the block chain. That should be more than enough for at least one year.

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January 01, 2012, 10:48:50 PM
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Roaming/Bitcoin folder is 1.15GB big

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January 02, 2012, 02:25:09 AM
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It's a good idea to save it into a USB drive instead of HDD?

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January 02, 2012, 02:26:28 AM
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If it were me, I would allocate 2.5 GB to the vanilla Bitcoin client and its copy of the block chain. That should be more than enough for at least one year.

i'm going to take a guess and say we'll pass 2.5 GB during the next 6 months.
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January 02, 2012, 11:01:29 AM
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What's going to happen in the future (5+ years) when the blockchain is huge?
It takes what feels like an eternity to update the blockchain on my new wallets...
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January 02, 2012, 11:07:02 AM
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What's going to happen in the future (5+ years) when the blockchain is huge?

The client will be upgraded by then.
Downloading the blockchain, you only need to suck 891 megs of data from the net.
It's the database housekeeping stuff which ruins the experience.
With those 891 megs of data, the bitcoin client performed 22.7 gigs of hard drive reads/writes.
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January 02, 2012, 11:21:27 AM
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I don't know why that thought never crossed my mind...
I just keep imagining a future where you have to order a blueray disk with the blockchain for those poor folks with a slow internet connection.
Believe it or not, I still know people with a faster connection on their phone than their home internet, so they would be SOL if they tried to run a wallet on their PC.
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January 02, 2012, 11:34:10 AM
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I would imagine that in the future as you specified it (5+ years) most of these unfortunates will have upgraded their internet, aye?
Anyhow, the download itself doesn't seem to be the bottleneck.
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January 02, 2012, 11:56:15 AM
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I would imagine that in the future as you specified it (5+ years) most of these unfortunates will have upgraded their internet, aye?
Anyhow, the download itself doesn't seem to be the bottleneck.
Often they simply cannot upgrade, they have only 56k where they live
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January 02, 2012, 12:04:05 PM
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Exactly... I live out in the boonies, so some of use are lucky (if you want to think of it that way) to have Time Warner, but the rest of the area doesn't even have the option of DSL. It's 56k or tons of money for satellite for a marginal connection speed and lots of packet loss. For those unfortunate souls, the initial download would be pretty prohibitive. That's one of the main reasons that I'm having a hard time getting friends to adopt bitcoin in this area.
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