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My C: drive in my WINDOWS PC is almost total. How can I switch both geth and Mist path to relocate my blockchain files?
I read here somewhere that I have to execute geth –datadir “Fresh PATH” . But this solution:
1) Doesn’t work in a permanent way for me (it will actually point geth in that direction but if I after execute geth -help it will showcase the old path).
Two) Will not update the Mist (or Ethereum Wallet) path. Every time I execute it will attempt to download the entire blockchain again in the old path.
I know this has been treated before here, but couldn’t find an response for this particular situation. Thanks in advance.
EDIT: This question is Windows specific, and hasn´t been answered before
You’ll need to create a symbolic link from the folder where Mist is looking for the chaindata to the folder where you are storing the chaindata (e.g., on an outer drive). You can make a symbolic link with the MKLINK guideline in Windows, there’s a good primer on the matter here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/?PageSpeed=noscript (A symbolic link is not the same as a Windows shortcut, however it functions similarly)
Here are directions to do this in Windows Vista, 7, 8 or Ten: Very first, open instruction prompt in Windows with administrator privileges, then come in:
mklink /J folder_path_that_Mist_looks_at folder_path_to_your_desired_location
In my case with Win8 this directive looks something like this: mklink /J C:\User\Username\AppData\Wandering\Ethereum D:\Etherdata\Ethereum (I moved my entire Etherdata folder, not just the chaindata folder).
The /J indicates that you’re linking a folder not a file. You do not need to navigate to a particular folder in instruction to do this.
(Thanks to @BokkyPooBah for his guidance on this here)
Now you can use –node-datadir=”path/to/datadir” option to specify your data directory for mist and ethereum wallet. I’ve attempted this on Windows, I don’t yet know if it has been implemented for Linux/Mac too or not.
I am using this code for shortcut:
Program embarking download blockchain data to fresh path.
This was killing me but our prayers have been answered. The fresh Mist and Eth Wallet releases suggest an installer package for both. Dl the one you want and the very first dir prompt is for the files to be installed, the 2nd is for the data (blockchain) location. Boom Effortless Peasy! just be sure to get the files from the correct github location. Rumor has it someone posted a bogus file that shows up to be a wallet but actually permits them to remote in and get your ETH.