To get started with Chia first we need to download the official client from here
Now that we have the client downloaded we are going to make a new seed and keep note of the 24 word mnemonic that is given.
After the initial Chia wallet has been set-up, we can start plotting and start farming to (hopefully) earn some Chia.
Orrr, not yet. Lets talk hardware first. Plotting your hard drives is how you prove you have space on the Chia Network. The more plots you have the more likely you are to win a coin. Plotting, or making the plots to be farmed is RAM CPU and Read/Write intensive. You’ll want a fast primary drive to write to, like an NVME SSD or M.2, but a word of caution: Each 101GB plot uses about 1.4-1.6TB or read write cycles on your drive, meaning that your fast or primary drive is going to be damaged if your are planning on plotting a large amount.
For this reason, I highly recommend picking up a dedicated plotting drive at the least. Here is the SSD I am using: https://amzn.to/3er5bVP and the HDDs I am using: https://amzn.to/32F9fMT The temporary space needed on your plotting drive is 239GiB per 101GiB final plot. The 239 TMP file will be removed once the PLOT file is completed and transferred to the “slow drive” or its final resting place. You can plot from and to the same drive.
You can run multiple plots at a time and its actually recommended. Below is my full video guide on that. When selecting your fast drive keep in mind you are buying in TB or GB not GIB. This is why when you plug in a brand new drive you don’t have the same amount of space on the box. You can convert Gb to GiB here to see how much you’ll actually get on your computer when you plug your new drive in. Simply divide that number by 239 and round to the lowest whole number and that’s how many plots you can run at the same time, RAM permitting. Each plot takes about 3.5Gb of RAM and you want to be sure you are not going over your RAM amount.
Okay, Now we are ready to start plotting. Lets head to the plots tab.
Click on the green add a plot button and we are presented with this screen
The plot size does not change your chances of finding a coin. The end amount of space is the most important. For that reason I have selected K=32
Next, we want to make sure we have at least 1 thread per cpu core, this is a good rule of thumb for any program. To do that we are going to select “show advanced options”
I have not found any speed increase in allotting more RAM at the default bucket value. I recommend leaving these setting alone if you are a beginner.
Queue Name is important here. To do more than one plot at a time we need to change the name. Each plot is completed at the same time if a different name is made each time. We can use this to make 3 different plots at the same time (or however many your machine can support) by making three plots with different queues as shown below
In this scenario plot “small” “big1” and “big2” are all plotting at the same time. Once one of those is completed, the plot with the same name starts while the other two do the same.
Here is my video explaining the same process.
Okay, now we need to select our drives.
The temp drive is where the plot files will be written. This should be your fast drive. The final drive is where you want the 101GB plot file to end up once its completed.
Now all we have to do is select complete plot and you are now officially plotting! Your plot should automatically start to farm once its completed.