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May 16, 2014, 09:27:54 PM
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As I'm sure everyone knows it takes FOREVER to download the entire blockchain from scratch. I was wondering if anyone knows if this torrent is legit and can be trusted? I've been downloading it for 3 days so far and am still 50 weeks behind and I have a 6mbit connection. I know that I could easily download the 16GB file in less than a day via bit-torrent.

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/9959943/bootstrap.dat_-_Bitcoin_Blockchain___295000

Do you think it's safe? I specifically want to use the Bitcoin-QT software on one of my machines...
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May 16, 2014, 09:36:21 PM
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Downloading bootstrap.dat works, but i am not sure whether the torrent you linked is legit. This one should be:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=145386.0
https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/
(Could be the same one you linked, haven't checked them)
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May 16, 2014, 09:40:45 PM
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The torrent from Piratebay is the same as the official from the core developers.

But the armory torrent is a little newer. I used it yesterday. I believe only 3 weeks or something is missing.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/bitcoinarmory-media/bootstrap.dat.torrent

PS: Bitcoin-QT will discard the blocks from a non-legit bootstrap.dat.
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May 16, 2014, 09:44:33 PM
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The torrent is just the blocks. Bitcoin-qt still validates and checks to make sure it is the correct blockchain. It is very safe.
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May 16, 2014, 10:48:01 PM
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Thanks, I will actually start seeding that on several of my seedboxes!
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May 17, 2014, 03:09:00 AM
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magnet:?xt=urn:btih:CB7CAF0B4C0EE266CCE5FBD8F8BA3903F5EFA82E&dn=bootstrap.dat&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.publicbt.com%3a80&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.istole.it%3a80&tr=http%3a%2f%2fexodus.desync.com%3a6969%2fannounce&tr=http%3a%2f%2fwww.h33t.com%3a3310%2fannounce

 ... is the official link IIRC.
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May 18, 2014, 07:00:33 AM
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magnet:?<snip>

 ... is the official link IIRC.
You ... you memorized that?

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