Additionally, when you get a read error on any plotfile it stalls the cpu miner. you have to manually restart it. If I don't check for many hours, then with only one miner running all plot files, (100% of my capacity), are stalled. With 5 miners running, then only 1/5 of the capacity stalled before a restart.
depending on the prog you use CPU vs GPU in your case you are using CPU. it will locate the plots on your drives and scan as many as it can at one time if there are more it will then scan the others ..... as it finds deadlines it will post the found deadline message as it finishes a drive it will post how long it took to scan that drive. all of the found deadlines in the screen shot could of come from any of the drives that had not finished scanning.
also to note that you are not "finding blocks" you have found deadlines that have been submited to the pool you are on ... all the deadlines submitted by everyone on that pool will be grouped in order of best to worst time.. then the pool will brodcast it's best submited deadline to all of the other pool's / solo miners and of all of them the best deadline win's the block.. if your pool was the winner then the reward is split normaly 60/40 current / historic various pools varry in % amounts.. the person who submited the deadline to the pool gets the largest cut of the 60% with each person in line after progessive geting smaller amount.... the 40% gets divided up the same way but the list of people it uses is based on the last 50 blocks each person submited deadlines for " historic " amount. the burst you earn will then be differed to your account. the pools set thresholds to payout because it cost 1 burst fee for each time you send. to cut down on fees most have a threshold of 300 burst or at a set time once per day witch ever is reached first.
Internal Microsoft disks can be formatted to exfat through a command prompt though I believe internal disks are better with NTFS in general on modern electronics of the last 5 years. If people want to mine with Linux exfat disks can be accessed with a what is called a fuse bundle with a google search for specific Linux variations (almost all have it) i have found Linux mint easier to add NTFS and exfat disks in general but i don't mine on Linux. Also, some external drives such as Western Digitals MYBOOK come shipped formatted with NTFS because they utilise proprietary tech to manage it without overhead. They have additional drivers in windows. But most caddys that people can place their internal disks and use as external do not have this tech and thrive on exfat. (my mybook is exfat formatted i found it to be slightly faster) I use xplotter but there's several plotters available i couldn't use GPU plotter and i believe it needs a optimizer for maximum velocity afterwards. The other plotter available can plot on fat and exfat disks but it needs to be optimized too.
@BigBear The nonces/min number will be very low to begin with, it's the nonces computed averaged over the entire time the plotter has been running - but the number will continue to increase for the rest of the plotting, right up until the end when you get your true plotting rate.
@Darrylglenn I have chosen to standardise on 1TB plot files, however there is no hard and fast rule.
Back when I got started plotting and optimising were separate processes and I was using 4TB & then 5TB Drives so this made it easy to plot on one drive and optimise to another.
These Days using xplotter you can do the process in one go. Start with some smaller plots to ensure you have everything sorted then I would not go below 1TB but feel free to just fill the Drive with a single plot.
There is almost no difference in the scan speed for 5 x 1TB v 1 x 5TB plot.
@luxe@BeholdMiNuggets I saw a 'cheap' four bay NAS storage solution the other day for $500. I don't understand why anyone would pay more for a glorified hard drive enclosure when you could just build a whole PC for the same price.
Is it worth allocating one Fast Drive just for Plotting (assuming there are several workers)?
Yep, what @luxe said. Speed of the drives and cache can make a difference, but only if you have a GPU that can churn out nonces fast enough. I prefer to use my 7200 RPM NAS drives for plotting since they're noticeably faster than the 5400 RPM ones if I use the GTX 1070. However, I only bother with copying plot files over if I need to fill up SMR drives that take forever to plot to directly.
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