HDD gap

Hi all
Short question;
If I plot 3 x 1TB drives, and number two goes faulty, obviously I have a big hole in missing nonces.
Will the software still run correctly on the remainder, understanding I'm missing a range of nonces?
Roland

@Roland_005 It will work.Do not worry about that.

Thanks Ip85
So, more questions;

Since almost everyone starts with one drive, does it mean that every joe and his dog is mining the 1 to 1M nonce range at once?

If one joins a pool, are they able somehow to shift this nonce range?

if one looks at mined blocks, I see none in the <1M range. And surely as the difficulty increases the nonce numbers will get bigger?
if the range is say 000 000 000 000, then sure, there might be a 000 000 001 566 solution that some will get, but it's unlikely.


@Roland_005 As I understand it, your mining 'solution' for each nonce is a function of the nonce number and your numeric ID which you use when generating the plots  this means that even if everyone was mining using only nonces 1 to 1000, everyone would be trying with different numbers.
The nonce numbering doesn't matter, as long as you're using different numbers for your own plots.

It is more about the amount of Nonce not the Range of numbers the Nonce are plotted on. Not sure if that even has an effect really as the scoops are a bigger part of the calculation, and your ID is the main important number to get right other than not overlapping the plots.

Ok. I have searched, but cannot find any info on what is actually inside a nonce. Is a piece of code?
From seeing how the sha256 is calculated, I don't see how any part of can be prestored on a HDD.Is there a white paper on exactly how burst is going about the process?


@CryptoNick Perfect! A picture paints a thousand words...