Hi! So, before we go any further, the Seagate external drives use a certain drive type that is slow as hell to plot. Once plotted, they work just fine. The drives are known as SMR drives, which stands for Shingled Magnetic Recording. It’s usually recommended to plot to a “normal” drive and then copy the plot files to the SMR drive. The flip side is that the drives cost less, which is why we use them even though we complain about plotting them. I’ve got twelve myself, so I know. Even with a good GPU plotter it might take two to three days to plot an 8TB STEB8000100 drive. I usually plotted four 2TB files to my local internal drive and then copied them to my Seagates. The copy itself will be slow, but it’s way faster than trying to plot directly.
You’ve got the right plotting and mining software. Read the documentation for the GPUPlotter. It will have you run a few initial runs to get data about your graphics card, and it will create an initial devices.txt file for you. The problem is that the values it suggests often don’t work. This is usually due to the graphics card also running a monitor, which consumes resources. Getting the “perfect” values for the devices.text file has filled up many forum posts, and I don’t have time tonight, but here is the contents of my devices.txt file which works will with my NVidia card (1060):
0 0 2048 128 2048
OK. So you have a valid devices.txt file. Now you need a makeplots.bat file (the actual name does not matter). You can plot buffered or direct, but direct writes optimized plots straight to the destination, so this is what you should use.
Here is the contents of one of my bat files:
CD “C:\CryptoCurrency\Burst Coin\gpuPlotGenerator” (your path obviously)
( format: gpuPlotGenerator generate direct [path][your_numeric_id_here][starting nonce][nonces to plot]_[stagger] )
gpuPlotGenerator generate direct E:(your_numeric_id_here) _ 251805125 _ 6104449_11453
gpuPlotGenerator generate direct E:(your_numeric_id_here) _ 257909574 _ 6104449_11453
gpuPlotGenerator generate direct E:(your_numeric_id_here) _ 264014023 _ 6104449_11453
gpuPlotGenerator generate direct E:(your_numeric_id_here) _ 270118472 _ 6104449_11453
gpuPlotGenerator generate direct E:(your_numeric_id_here) _ 276222921_ 6104449_11453
NOTE: there are no spaces before and after the underscores…the post editor wouldn’t show them unless I added the spaces!
This sequentially generates five plot files on one drive. You can also use one command and plot to two or three separate drives at once; consult the documentation.
Once you get a good devices.txt and plot.bat file, try running the bat file by right clicking and choosing “Run as Administrator”. It will either work or die horribly. But see if you can get that far for now. It’s a start. Unfortunately my wife is yelling that dinner is ready and I’m starving, so I can’t add any more right now. Try it, report back, and someone will help debug or get you going with the mining. Good luck!
@Zyrem had a good suggestion…the IMineBlocks videos got me going. Lee does a nice job laying it all out.