Hard Drive

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Hard Drive
Hard Drive.png
A hard drive with Ficsit data. Analyze it in the M.A.M. to salvage its contents.
Component
Category Resources
Stack Size 50
Blueprint Path

/Game/FactoryGame/Resource/Environment/CrashSites/Desc_HardDrive.Desc_HardDrive_C


A choice of blueprints after researching the hard drive

The Hard Drive is an item resembling a heavy duty carrying case that can be found inside Crash Sites.

It currently can be researched in the M.A.M., and results in a choice of one of 3 alternate blueprints, chosen from the pool below. See Below

There are 86 Crash Sites. This means a total of 86 Hard Drives could theoretically be obtained. 8 however require materials not currently available in early access.

2 Hard drives will be used for character Inventory expansions, leaving 84 for alternate recipes.

Alternate Recipes[edit | edit source]

Alternate recipes generally cost only about two thirds of the original recipe, both in time and required material, but often require different input materials than the original.

The set of blueprints to choose from is picked randomly at the time the scan has completed. Because of this, the player can keep re-rolling to get a desired blueprint by saving the game before opening the M.A.M. UI to check the analyze results, then loading the save if the choices are undesirable.

The recipes that show up depend on the current tier and what other Milestones have been unlocked. For example, researching Caterium opens up multiple new possible alternate recipes that involve it.

However, some alternate recipes also seem to require that previous alternate recipes are unlocked in order to appear as one of the three random options presented at the time the scan is complete. It is enough to have these prerequisites unlocked at the M.A.M.; you don't have to complete the associated milestone at the HUB. This means that if a player builds a factory that requires certain alternate recipes which they have not yet unlocked, they may need to find more hard drives than they anticipated in order to unlock the prerequisites blocking their intended alternate recipes. Two examples (but not all) of these are the alternate recipes for Silica which requires having previously unlocked both High-Speed Connectors and Screw. (This page is incomplete regarding these requirements and regarding the complete list of alternate recipes which require other alternate recipes in order to be shown after the scan is complete. Please help improve this page by indicating on the "discussion" tab which alternate recipes do not appear as one of the three random options until another alternate recipe was unlocked and which alternate recipes they require).

Alternate nameProductIngredients /minRate/minoriginal Rate/minoriginal Ingredients /minResearch Tier
Iron Ingot AlloyIron Ingot.png Iron IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 15.0
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 15.0
45.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 30.01
ScrewScrew.png ScrewIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 15.090.090.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 15.01
Iron WireWire.png WireIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 15.067.545.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 15.01
Reinforced Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 25.0
Screw.png Screw 60.0
7.55.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate 20.0
Screw.png Screw 120.0
2
Stitched Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 15.0
Wire.png Wire 75.0
7.55.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate 20.0
Screw.png Screw 120.0
2
Biomass CoalCoal.png CoalBiomass.png Biomass 37.545.060.03
Wood CoalCoal.png CoalWood.png Wood 15.0150.060.03
QuickwireQuickwire.png QuickwireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 7.5
Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 15.0
90.060.0Caterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 15.03
Caterium WireWire.png WireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 7.567.545.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 15.03
BeaconBeacon.png BeaconSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 1.9
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 7.5
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.9
9.47.5Iron Plate.png Iron Plate 22.5
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 7.5
Wire.png Wire 112.5
Cable.png Cable 15.0
4
Black PowderBlack Powder.png Black PowderSulfur.png Sulfur 7.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 3.8
15.07.5Coal.png Coal 7.5
Sulfur.png Sulfur 15.0
4
Compacted CoalCompacted Coal.png Compacted CoalCoal.png Coal 30.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 30.0
30.04
ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteSilica.png Silica 7.5
Limestone.png Limestone 30.0
22.515.0Limestone.png Limestone 45.04
Encased Industrial BeamEncased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial BeamSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 36.0
Concrete.png Concrete 20.0
6.04.0Steel Beam.png Steel Beam 16.0
Concrete.png Concrete 20.0
4
Heavy Modular FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular FrameModular Frame.png Modular Frame 7.5
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 9.4
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 33.8
Concrete.png Concrete 23.4
2.82.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame 10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 10.0
Screw.png Screw 180.0
4
Modular FrameModular Frame.png Modular FrameReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 12.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 12.0
6.04.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 12.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 24.0
4
MotorMotor.png MotorRotor.png Rotor 5.0
Stator.png Stator 5.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.5
7.55.0Rotor.png Rotor 10.0
Stator.png Stator 10.0
4
NobeliskNobelisk.png NobeliskBlack Powder.png Black Powder 15.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 15.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.5
4.53.0Black Powder.png Black Powder 15.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 15.0
Beacon.png Beacon 3.0
4
RotorRotor.png RotorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 18.0
Wire.png Wire 60.0
9.06.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 18.0
Screw.png Screw 132.0
4
Steel ScrewScrew.png ScrewSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 5.0180.090.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 15.04
SilicaSilica.png SilicaRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 30.0
Limestone.png Limestone 15.0
67.545.0Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 30.04
StatorStator.png StatorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 18.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 60.0
9.06.0Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 18.0
Wire.png Wire 60.0
4
Enriched Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 45.0
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 22.5
45.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 45.0
Coal.png Coal 45.0
4
Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 22.5
Coal.png Coal 45.0
45.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 45.0
Coal.png Coal 45.0
4
Rubber CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 22.5
Rubber.png Rubber 15.0
75.015.0Wire.png Wire 30.05
Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardRubber.png Rubber 40.0
Wire.png Wire 60.0
15.010.0Wire.png Wire 60.0
Plastic.png Plastic 30.0
5
Quickwire Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardPlastic.png Plastic 30.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 75.0
15.010.0Wire.png Wire 60.0
Plastic.png Plastic 30.0
5
Crystal ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 10.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.5
2.51.9Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 18.8
Cable.png Cable 22.5
Plastic.png Plastic 33.8
Screw.png Screw 112.5
5
Quickwire ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 18.8
Quickwire.png Quickwire 75.0
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
2.81.9Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 18.8
Cable.png Cable 22.5
Plastic.png Plastic 33.8
Screw.png Screw 112.5
5
Crystal OscillatorCrystal Oscillator.png Crystal OscillatorQuartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 18.8
Rubber.png Rubber 22.5
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 0.9
2.81.9Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 18.8
Cable.png Cable 26.3
Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 7.5
5
High-Speed ConnectorHigh-Speed Connector.png High-Speed ConnectorQuickwire.png Quickwire 82.5
Silica.png Silica 60.0
Rubber.png Rubber 22.5
3.82.5Quickwire.png Quickwire 100.0
Cable.png Cable 25.0
Plastic.png Plastic 15.0
5
PlasticPlastic.png PlasticRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 18.8
33.822.5Crude Oil.png Crude Oil 30.05
TurbofuelFuel.png TurbofuelFuel.png Fuel 18.8
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 15.0
18.86
Electromagnetic Control RodElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control RodStator.png Stator 6.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 3.0
3.02.0Stator.png Stator 6.0
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 4.0
7
Heat SinkHeat Sink.png Heat SinkAlclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 20.0
Wire.png Wire 90.0
7.55.0Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 20.0
Rubber.png Rubber 50.0
7
Nuclear Fuel RodNuclear Fuel Rod.png Nuclear Fuel RodUranium Cell.png Uranium Cell 10.0
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.6
Beacon.png Beacon 1.2
0.60.4Uranium Cell.png Uranium Cell 10.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 1.2
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
7
Radio Control UnitRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 12.5
Superomputer.png Supercomputer 1.3
Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 37.5
3.82.5Heat Sink.png Heat Sink 10.0
Rubber.png Rubber 60.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.5
Computer.png Computer 2.5
7
Turbo MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 3.8
A.I. Limiter.png A.I. Limiter 7.5
Stator.png Stator 7.5
2.81.9Heat Sink.png Heat Sink 7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 3.8
Motor.png Motor 7.5
Rubber.png Rubber 75.0
7
Uranium CellUranium Cell.png Uranium CellUranium.png Uranium 22.5
Sulfur.png Sulfur 22.5
Silica.png Silica 22.5
Quickwire.png Quickwire 30.0
17.510.0Uranium.png Uranium 45.0
Concrete.png Concrete 9.0
7

Total alternate recipes: 39

Note: Alternate Recipe: Uranium Cell appears to require at least Turbofuel. Turbofuel requires Compacted Coal.

Note: Alternate Recipe: Silica has one or more known or suspected prerequisites. Candidates include but are not limited to Iron Wire, Alternate High-speed Connector, Alternate Screw.

Note: The milestone for Compacted Coal also unlocks Wood Coal and Biomass Coal.

Non-recipes from Hard Drives[edit | edit source]

Alternate Name Effect Research Tier Cost
Expanded Pocket Dimension +5 Inventory Slots 2 50 ×  Modular Frame
100 ×  Cable
Inflated Pocket Dimension +5 Inventory Slots 5 50 ×  Heavy Modular Frame
50 ×  Computer

Important Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Hard Drive research is repeatable.
  • Researching a Hard Drive alone does not unlock new recipes. The player is required to complete the necessary Milestones at The HUB. It is a 2-step process.
  • If you research a Hard Drive, and there is nothing more to unlock, the Hard Drive will return to your inventory. "The analysis of Hard Drive is completed! No new research is available. Try again later after further progress. Your Hard Drive has been returned to you. "

Good alternate recipes[edit | edit source]

  • These remove the need of having Screws, simplifying your production lines
  • when combined they use even fewer iron ingots than the other Alternative "Reinforced Iron Plate" recipe. (6 and 2/9ths of an iron ingot per plate instead of 8).
  • "Iron Wire" is the best alternate recipe for wire, consuming the lowest amount of ore.
  • "Caterium Wire" consumes the same amount of ore as normal Wire recipe, so it's not recommended to use it (as copper is mostly useless).
  • Copper is an otherwise useless resource after using "Iron Wire"
  • "Silica" should be used where possible
  • The former is preferred, as it uses the less resources.
  • On the other hand, if you are struggling with coal, the later recipe can be used to decrease coal costs.
  • "Heat Sink" removes the need for oil from the recipe and decreases the usage of other resources as well.

Most of the recipes that aren't listed here are good as well, except for the recipes listed below in the "Bad alternate recipes" list.

Note: while most of the recipes listed here are "good" in general, a player needs to check if a recipe is actually good for them (if they have enough resources and if they can use the resources for the production line). There is no way to objectively classify a recipe as "best".

Bad alternate recipes[edit | edit source]

  • This consumes rubber which requires an oil refinery without saving much copper ore.
  • This serve little purpose unless you really enjoy cutting down forests and manually feeding them to your coal power plants.
  • However Biomass Coal may be used to convert alien carapaces to some extra coal, although it's not recommended in production lines, as it requires manual input.
  • "Concrete" uses quartz, which is much rarer resource. You shouldn't have issues with finding enough limestone.
  • This recipe only saves on iron. Which you don't usually want to do, since iron is abundant.
  • "Plastic"' recipe is the only recipe in the game, which is literally useless.
  • With all the other recipes, you would think that there is at least some argument for using them. But there is really no reason to use this recipe.
  • It will only cause you to need more oil, more machines, more power and more space to produce plastic.
  • "Stator" uses Quickwire instead of normal Wire, which will only make things more complex.

Note: while most of the recipes listed here are "bad" in general, there may be cases, where usage of those recipes can be justified. But in general, these recipes should be avoided.

See Also[edit | edit source]