Many bloggers have pointed out that it is almost impossible to sync an ethereum archive node using a HDD.But most of those blogs were published in 2018.

I've seen several version updates of geth since then, and some improvements had been made to sync an archive nodes.

So I would like to ask if anyone has successfully synched an ethereum full archive node with HDD recently?Use either geth or parity.


No, you need to use an SSD.

Q: Wait, so I can’t run a full node on an HDD?

A: Unfortunately not. Doing a fast sync on an HDD will take more time than you’re willing to wait with the current data schema. Even if you do wait it out, an HDD will not be able to keep up with the read/write requirements of transaction processing on mainnet.

You however should be able to run a light client on an HDD with minimal impact on system resources. If you wish to run a full node however, an SSD is your only option.

From the Geth FAQ expanded in related answer about fast sync.

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