You may have been like me, started your Chia Plotting and Farming on the first machine you had available. Then, after some time, you figure that you want another computer to stay on 24/7. How do you do that? Do you need to install Chia all over again and wait for the dreaded Sync that can take hours, if not, days? Its actually really easy to move your farm to another Windows PC. I am unsure if this will work moving to/from Linux or Mac, but continue reading to possibly identify potential time savers.
- First, get your second machine setup. Take the time now to reformat the machine with Windows 10 if you want. Install all the Windows updates. Update the BIOS of the machine. Do all the maintenance things so that you don’t have to do it later.
- Next, install the chia software. This will create the necessary folders on your secondary machine. Allow it through the firewall when the popup shows up. When it asks if you want to create keys, don’t do anything and shutdown the client. An important note: Make sure that the versions of the Chia Client are the same between the machines before doing the next step.
- Shut down the Chia Client on the first machine. Then, copy your Chia Client folder from your first machine to your second machine from this location:
This will copy all of your settings and keys and more importantly the blockchain from the first machine to the second one. This will save a lot of sync time.
4. Once the files are copied over, move the connections of the drives with the plots to the second machine. Then, start the Chia Client on the second machine. There might be some sync time to catch up to the latest block, but it should be minimal.
5. Go to your “Plots” tab and make sure that all of your plots are detected. If not, click the three dots at the top right and make sure all of the folders are configured correctly. Maybe some drive letters have shifted between machines.
That should be it. Your second machine should now be configured to Farm your plots. Remember to check and apply any special network settings that the First machine had such as port forwarding in your router or any VPN configuration you use. A couple of additional notes:
- Don’t turn on the GUI on the first machine again. If you turn on the GUI, this will activate another “Full Node” on your network and having more than one on the same home network will cause sync issues.
- You can still generate plots on the first computer, just use PowerShell to do that. I talk about it in this post here