Use MultiMiner to Backup Your Pool Data

Using MultiMiner to mine is great. It uses the coinchoose.com API allowing you to mine the best coin according to a number of criteria. You also can select your own options and mine based on your own choices.

But I would like to point out that you can also use MultiMiner to create a single file backup of all your pool data with all your specific settings for scrypt or sha256 coins with all of your custom miner configurations.

For step by step instructions, go here: http://nwoolls.github.io/MultiMiner/

Installing MultiMiner:

The installation is very clear, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Go to https://github.com/nwoolls/MultiMiner/releases and download the current version of MultiMiner.
  2. As you go through the install process, copy the location of the install for future reference. (NOTE: If you paste that address in your file explorer program, you can save it as a favorite. This will save you a lot of time drilling down through your folders.)
  3. You will be prompted to select cgminer or bfgminer as your primary miner and will be asked to enter at least one of your pool details. Don’t worry, you can add more after the installation.
  4. Click finish and run the program. Be sure to bookmark the app to give yourself quick access when you want to run it in the future.

MultiMiner has a few options on the menu bar. The tabs have the following options:

  • Start/Stop: Just as it says, this stops or starts your miners.
  • Settings: This has three options.
    1. Clicking on the settings tab will allow you to fine tune your mining settings to include setting your system priorities if you want to use your computer while mining. You can also choose mining parameters for cgminer and bfgminer here.
    2. The settings tab also has a drop down. Select “Coins” to add your pool information. If you have redundant pools, the up and down arrow lets you set a failover priority for them. If the first pool is down, MultiMiner moves on to your next choice. You are also able to choose pool specific miner settings here if you instead of in the main Settings tab. The Sort option allows you to adjust your coins so they appear alphabetically. So don’t worry about the order you’ve entered the information. The import key is where the coins are imported and exported.
    3. Strategies allows you to choose auto mining and other variables that will effect tweaks to the auto mining option.
  • Clicking on Advanced Miner Settings allows the user to add USB Block Erupter drivers and proxy ports.

Using MultiMiner to Create Your Backup File

Choosing the coins you want backed up is the focus of this article, so now, click on the Settings drop down, choose “coins” and enter your pool settings by clicking on “Add Coin” in the top left of the “Configure Coins” box.

  1. If you don’t see the coin you want, just type it in the Add Coin box. MultiMiner allows you to create your own coin names. It will ask you whether your entry is sha256 or scrypt. You must enter the symbol for each coin before it will accept your entry. Example: FireflyCoin, FFC, sha256.
  2. Click on OK to save those settings.
  3. Click again on Coins and then click on the drop down on the Import button. Select “Export” and save your file.

WARNING

These are your pool settings. I know it might seem obvious, but that master file contains every single setting for your coins. Keep it secure!


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