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Building a Multi Terabyte Storage Solution for Mining and Sharing

28 Feb


With different projects like Storj, Sia or Burst the use of hard drives and storage space tied to crypto currency mining or sharing files with crypto token rewards may become more attractive to users. With hard drive sizes growing and solutions available for building multi terabyte storage systems available building a multi-terabyte storage solution for use with the projects mentioned above might be viable. We’ve already covered a more affordable home user option for Building an 8 TB Storage Solution for Storj’s DriveShare, but there are options for much larger scale solutions that are still not too expensive, though probably still above the budget of the average home users. You need to look at more serious server companies for products that are designed for file servers for examples as we are going to be using a Supermicro solution for hosting 24 HDDs in a single rack-mountable chassis. The solution you are seeing here is not particularly designed for use with Burst, Sia or Storj, but we wanted to give it a try using it for them to get an idea what you may expect.


The 4U chassis used from Supermicro is designed for file servers in a rack-mountable format, supporting 24 3.5-inch hard drives, though the company offers many different products for 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives all the way up to 90 drives per system and apart from complete solutions you also have the option to go for HDD expanders for many drives that are being connected to separate systems. We have used 24 hard drives from Hitachi with a capacity of 6 TB which in theory should result in 144TB of storage space (in non RAID configuration with mirroring or spare drives), but in reality due to how HDD capacity is being calculated we are actually getting just 130 TB of usable space. For the purpose of the already mentioned crypto related projects you’d probably want to go for more space than redundancy, especially if you are building such a solution with that many hard drives.


Storj and Sia are supposed to ensure redundancy and data availability by replicating user stored data or multiple systems and for Burst that uses HDD space for mining you may just regenerate the plots in case you have a problem with any of the hard drives available. With Storj’s DriveShare you may have multiple drives shared, but with SIA or Burst you may have to do a HDD spanning configuration, so that all of the available space will be usable as a single drive. What you should be well aware of is the time it may take to fill up a very large space such as 130 TB with data using any of the projects. It will take literally days to generate HDD plots of that size for Burst mining, or to generate test data for the Storj DriveShare service as it currently does not store user data while still in testing phase. For Sia that already has an operating network and users are actually sharing data the waiting time to actually utilize that free space might take months and you needing to have a low price to attract more users. So at this point in time you probably can go with much smaller storage solutions and a 24-drive monster like this might be a bit overkill, especially considering the amount of money you will need to pay for the hardware and the expected ROI for using it as a mining medium or storage sharing solution that you get paid for. But then again, if you need to build one for different tasks and you have some free space on it you might want to give the three mentioned services a go…

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4 Responses to Building a Multi Terabyte Storage Solution for Mining and Sharing


April 10th, 2016 at 17:57

Looks great! not much info about how profitable burst mining is. i wanted to invest in something like this 8tbx24 due to low eletrecity consumption I feel like once the initial investment is made one could mine for much longer but I have no idea what the ROI looks like for burst (this blog has been the main source of all info i could find, way to go!). but maybe you guys could share some numbers?

like how much tb would one need at least to start seeing some kind of profit. and how much are you getting for each of those 6tb disks, right now? it would also be great to see a comparision between all this coins: burst, maid, storj and so on.


April 10th, 2016 at 19:57

This was built as a solution for normal file storage, not for HDD mining or space sharing with crypto currency rewards. We just wanted to test it, however we gave up waiting for the plot generation and Storj testdata generation after a day of waiting for each and still way to go.


November 27th, 2016 at 03:07

I am part of the BurstCoin Community

If you use a R9 280x or higher video card to plot the hard drives ( even across the network ) the plot time would be almost cut in half or more if you folks would like i can help you with this project

admin can see my info to contact me


May 15th, 2017 at 19:24

where to buy this rig?

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