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by /u/tem0c · 1 votes · 3 weeks ago

I think when selecting install directory to download blockchain, I accidentally placed it on main HDD instead of USB (since when synicng - daemon states it's on rotating drive which will take long). However, my laptop uses SSD rather than HDD - so would it be on SSD in this case (or am I misunderstanding)? Additionally, I thought SSD was meant to sync quickly - so why is it being/ telling me it's slow. Also, how can I check which way it's setup and if incorrect, transfer daemon to USB (is it recommended)? If so, is it best to/ how can I remove blockchain from previous storage device - since I'm confused at how tails/GUI is linked to storage outside USB (opsec concerns)? Will future updates to blockchain through USB be slower than current storage method or speed unaffected? Thankful for any replies

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/u/merlin P · 2 votes · 3 weeks ago · Link

If you selected your main HDD as the installation directory for downloading the blockchain, then the blockchain data will be stored on that HDD rather than your SSD. The syncing process may take longer on a rotating drive (such as an HDD) compared to an SSD because SSDs have faster read and write speeds.

To check where the blockchain data is currently stored, you can look for the data directory location in the settings or configuration files of your blockchain software. The specific steps may vary depending on the blockchain software you're using. You can refer to the documentation or support resources for your particular software to find the relevant information.

If you want to transfer the blockchain data to a USB drive, you would need to first format the USB drive to a suitable file system (if not already done) and then change the data directory settings in your blockchain software to point to the USB drive. Again, the exact steps depend on the software you're using.

Regarding the removal of blockchain data from the previous storage device, you can safely delete the blockchain data files from your main HDD once you have successfully transferred them to the USB drive. Just make sure to back up any important data before deleting.

As for the link between Tails/GUI and storage outside the USB, Tails is an operating system that is designed to run entirely from a USB drive and not leave traces on the computer's hard drive. It doesn't interact with or use the storage on your main HDD unless explicitly configured to do so. So, you should be able to safely manage the blockchain data without compromising the security features provided by Tails.

When it comes to future updates to the blockchain through the USB, the speed would depend on the read/write speeds of the USB drive. Generally, modern USB drives can provide reasonable performance for blockchain syncing, although it may still be slightly slower compared to a high-performance internal SSD. However, the impact on speed should not be significant as long as the USB drive has decent read/write speeds.