Best Hard Drives for Burst Mining

There are so many options out there for hard drives and it can be overwhelming. You would think they are about equal but that isn’t always the case.  I want to break down what to look for in order of more important to least important:

So what is the best drive?

In my own opinion that would be the WD – easystore® 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black

Most Important

Price per Terabyte
Technology Used
Reliability
Capacity
Disk Speed
Form Factor

Least Important

      Model: WDBCKA0080HBK-NESN

      SKU: 5792401

      Internal Drive: 8TB WD Red, helium filled.

      Technology:  Not SMR

      Interface: USB 3.0

      Price: Regularly goes on sale for $179 at BestBuy.com ($22.38/TB)

 


The Reasoning:

Price per Terabyte:

First and foremost, getting good deals is the number one most important thing to keep in mind. You want to recoup your return on investment (ROI) as fast as possible so that everything beyond that point is profit. If you find a cheap drive, buy it up.

Prices will vary drastically in different parts of the world. Some examples of what to look for are below.

Example Targets:

  • USA/Canada: Under $25/TB
  • Isreal: Under $50/TB

Technology Used:

With large drives (8TB+) you should figure out if the drive is SMR or not. SMR stands for Shingled Magnetic Recording and is a technology used to write data that overlaps part of the previously written block of data, leaving the previous track narrower and allowing for higher track density. This allows smaller disks to store more data.

This sounds good and is cheaper but it comes at a price. SMR drives are usually used as Archive drives, for things like video surveillance backup.  They take a very long time to write to and can in the worst case scenarios triple plotting times. How much longer? My test revealed: Normal= 19 hours and 46 minutes and my Seagate Archive HDDs completed the dame task in 57 hours and 13 minutes.

If you do have an SMR drive, it is recommended you use SPlotter. This plotting tool can make smaller plots automatically until the disk is full. If you make 5Gb files, each will become mineable once the plotter moves on allowing you to start making money asap.

Reliability:

Certain drives have much higher failure rates than others. This is not based on brand, all brands usually have great drives and bad drives. Be sure to research a drive before purchasing.

Capacity:

Storage is storage so following rule #1 first of Price/TB, buy what you can and keep expanding. This only becomes an issue when you run out of sata connectors and USB ports. Physical storage space for all your drives is less of a concern if you use larger capacity drives.

Disk Speed:

Most 6TB drives will be 5400RPM while you can find 7200RPM at higher price points and on smaller capacity drives. Once plotted, the difference is negligible as read speeds won’t matter until you have a massive storage solution to read. (100+ TB)

Form Factor:

You will run out of SATA connectors first so external hard drives are great. They not only tend to be cheaper but have long warranties and are easy to store.


Other Great Drives:

These are non-SMR drives. Figure out which externals have these (Externals tend to be cheaper) and buy them up. Also look for sales and lowest prices using sites like camelcamelcamel.com

Storage
Series
Form
Type
Capacity
Cache
Price/GB
Price
Seagate ST8000AS0002 Archive 3.5″ 5900RPM 8TB 128MB $27 $214.00 Add
Seagate ST8000DM002 BarraCuda Pro 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $30 $239.99 Add
Seagate ST8000VN0022 IronWolf 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $31 $251.49 Add
Western Digital WD80EFZX Red 3.5″ 5400RPM 8TB 128MB $33 $264.99 Add
Hitachi 0S04012 Deskstar NAS 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB $34 $269.00 Add
Seagate ST8000VN0002 NAS HDD 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $34 $274.00 Add
Western Digital WD80PUZX Purple 3.5″ 5400RPM 8TB 128MB $37 $297.28 Add
Seagate ST8000DM005 BarraCuda Pro 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $37 $299.99 Add
Hitachi 0F23668 Ultrastar He8 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB $37 $300.00 Add
Seagate ST8000DM0004 BarraCuda Pro 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $39 $312.99 Add
Seagate ST8000NE0021 IronWolf Pro 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 256MB $42 $337.99 Add
Western Digital WD8001FFWX Red Pro 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB $45 $360.99 Add
Western Digital WD8002FRYZ Gold 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB $47 $374.60 Add
Hitachi HUH728080ALE604 (0F23668) Ultrastar He8 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB $66 $524.99 Add
Toshiba HDWN180UZSVA N300 3.5″ 7200RPM 8TB 128MB ? Add
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