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Hard Drive
Hard Drive.png
A hard drive with FICSIT data. Analyze it in the MAM to salvage its contents.
Unlocked at MAM - Hard Drive Research
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Hard Drives are special parts obtained from Crash Sites used to unlock Alternate Recipes (see below). Crash Sites can be located using Object Scanner after Radio Signal Scanning has been researched in the MAM.

Each Hard Drive can be researched in the MAM and results in a choice of one of three alternate blueprints, chosen from the pool below. There is currently a bug that can result in lost hard drives if the player is modding the game. See Current Issue below for details and solutions.

There are 96 Crash Sites, which means a total of 96 Hard Drives can be obtained. Two Hard Drives can be used for pioneer inventory expansions, and 4 can only be obtained using Quantum Computers and Superposition Oscillators only obtainable during the FICSMAS seasonal event. This leaves 90 for alternate recipes without the event and 94 with the event. Currently, there are 89 Alternate Recipes, leaving 1 Hard Drive unused; 5 unused if the save participated in the FICSMAS event.

Total
Crash Sites
Used for
Inventory expansion
Number of
Alternate Recipes
Unused Hard Drives
remaining without FICSMAS
Unused Hard Drives
remaining with FICSMAS
96 2 89 1 5

Alternate recipes[]

Choices for alternate recipes granted by analyzing a Hard Drive

Alternate recipes generally require different input materials than the original, trading between raw material consumption, space, power, simplicity, and availability of material.

The set of blueprints to choose from is determined randomly at the beginning of the scan. Because of this, the player can keep re-rolling to get the desired blueprint by saving the game before researching a hard drive, then loading the save and waiting for another 10 minutes if the choices are undesirable. The recipes are determined at the beginning of the scan and are only shown to the player after the research concludes.

The selected alternate recipes are unlocked immediately after it is chosen. All alternate recipes can be only used in factory buildings, none in the Craft Bench; therefore, parts like Compacted Coal cannot be hand-crafted.

To allow an Alternate Recipe to be shown up after a Hard Drive research, the prerequisites as shown below must be fulfilled, whether it is Milestone, Research, or other Alternate Recipe. This means if a player builds a factory that requires certain alternate recipes that they have not yet unlocked, they may need to find more Hard Drives than they anticipated to unlock the prerequisites blocking their intended alternate recipes.

Note: It appears that several alternate recipes can be unlocked at Tier 3, Tier 4, or through the MAM, but cannot actually be made until Tier 5. These either involve a fluid (Water) or 3-4 parts, requiring the Refinery or Manufacturer respectively, both Tier 5 machines. Likewise, the two Alloy Ingot recipes are available by default but require Tier 3 Foundry.

In the table below, the Prerequisites are the conditions that are required for a recipe to be able to appear in the research result choices, while the Milestone in italic is the additional requirement that the recipe can actually be automated in a machine.

Alternate nameProductIngredients /minRate/minOriginal Rate/minOriginal Ingredients /minPrerequisites
Copper Alloy IngotCopper Ingot.png Copper IngotCopper Ore.png Copper Ore 50.0
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 25.0
100.030.0Copper Ore.png Copper Ore30.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Fine Black PowderBlack Powder.png Black PowderSulfur.png Sulfur 7.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 3.8
15.07.5Coal.png Coal7.5
Sulfur.png Sulfur15.0
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Caterium WireWire.png WireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 15.0120.030.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Caterium Research - Caterium
Fused QuickwireQuickwire.png QuickwireCaterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 7.5
Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 37.5
90.060.0Caterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot12.0Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Fused WireWire.png WireCopper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 12.0
Caterium Ingot.png Caterium Ingot 3.0
90.030.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Caterium Research - Caterium
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Fine ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteSilica.png Silica 7.5
Limestone.png Limestone 30.0
25.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Quartz Research - Quartz
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Cheap SilicaSilica.png SilicaRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 11.3
Limestone.png Limestone 18.8
26.337.5Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz22.5Quartz Research - Silica
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Seismic NobeliskNobelisk.png NobeliskBlack Powder.png Black Powder 12.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 12.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.5
6.03.0Black Powder.png Black Powder15.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Explosives
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Turbo Blend FuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelFuel.png Fuel 15.0
Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 30.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 22.5
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 22.5
45.020.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Iron WireWire.png WireIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.522.530.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot15.0Tier 1
Cast ScrewScrew.png ScrewIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 12.550.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod10.0Tier 1 - Field Research
Iron Alloy IngotIron Ingot.png Iron IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 20.0
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 20.0
50.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore30.0Tier 1
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Bolted Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 90.0
Screw.png Screw 250.0
15.05.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 2
Stitched Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 18.8
Wire.png Wire 37.5
5.65.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 2
Bolted FrameModular Frame.png Modular FrameReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 7.5
Screw.png Screw 140.0
5.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod12.0
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Copper RotorRotor.png RotorCopper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 22.5
Screw.png Screw 195.0
11.34.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod20.0
Screw.png Screw100.0
Tier 2 - Part Assembly
Steel RodIron Rod.png Iron RodSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 12.048.015.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot15.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steeled FrameModular Frame.png Modular FrameReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 2.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 10.0
3.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate3.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod12.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steel RotorRotor.png RotorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 10.0
Wire.png Wire 30.0
5.04.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod20.0
Screw.png Screw100.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Steel ScrewScrew.png ScrewSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 5.0260.040.0Iron Rod.png Iron Rod10.0Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Solid Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 40.0
Coal.png Coal 40.0
60.045.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Compacted Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 22.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 11.3
37.545.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Crystal BeaconBeacon.png BeaconSteel Beam.png Steel Beam 2.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 8.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.5
10.07.5Iron Plate.png Iron Plate22.5
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod7.5
Wire.png Wire112.5
Cable.png Cable15.0
Tier 3 - Basic Steel Production
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
BiocoalCoal.png CoalBiomass.png Biomass 37.545.060.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
CharcoalCoal.png CoalWood.png Wood 15.0150.060.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Wet ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteLimestone.png Limestone 120.0
Water.png Water 100.0
80.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Copper IngotCopper Ingot.png Copper IngotCopper Ore.png Copper Ore 15.0
Water.png Water 10.0
37.530.0Copper Ore.png Copper Ore30.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Steamed Copper SheetCopper Sheet.png Copper SheetCopper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 22.5
Water.png Water 22.5
22.510.0Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot20.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Iron IngotIron Ingot.png Iron IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 35.0
Water.png Water 20.0
65.030.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore30.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Caterium IngotCaterium Ingot.png Caterium IngotCaterium Ore.png Caterium Ore 24.0
Water.png Water 24.0
12.015.0Caterium Ore.png Caterium Ore45.0Tier 3 - Coal Power
Caterium Research - Caterium
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Pure Quartz CrystalQuartz Crystal.png Quartz CrystalRaw Quartz.png Raw Quartz 67.5
Water.png Water 37.5
52.522.5Raw Quartz.png Raw Quartz37.5Tier 3 - Coal Power
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Compacted CoalCompacted Coal.png Compacted CoalCoal.png Coal 25.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 25.0
25.0N/AN/ATier 3 - Coal Power
Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Encased Industrial PipeEncased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial BeamSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 28.0
Concrete.png Concrete 20.0
4.06.0Steel Beam.png Steel Beam24.0
Concrete.png Concrete30.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
High-Speed WiringAutomated Wiring.png Automated WiringStator.png Stator 3.8
Wire.png Wire 75.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 1.9
7.52.5Stator.png Stator2.5
Cable.png Cable50.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Caterium Research - A.I. Limiter
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quickwire StatorStator.png StatorSteel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 16.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 60.0
8.05.0Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe15.0
Wire.png Wire40.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Rigour MotorMotor.png MotorRotor.png Rotor 3.8
Stator.png Stator 3.8
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.3
7.55.0Rotor.png Rotor10.0
Stator.png Stator10.0
Tier 4 - Advanced Steel Production
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Coated Iron CanisterEmpty Canister.png Empty CanisterIron Plate.png Iron Plate 30.0
Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 15.0
60.060.0Plastic.png Plastic30.0Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Steel CanisterEmpty Canister.png Empty CanisterSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 60.040.060.0Plastic.png Plastic30.0Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Heavy Encased 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 20.6
2.82.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam10.0
Screw.png Screw200.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Heavy Flexible FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular FrameModular Frame.png Modular Frame 18.8
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam 11.3
Rubber.png Rubber 75.0
Screw.png Screw 390.0
3.82.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame10.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe30.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam10.0
Screw.png Screw200.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Automated MinerPortable Miner.png Portable MinerMotor.png Motor 1.0
Steel Pipe.png Steel Pipe 4.0
Iron Rod.png Iron Rod 4.0
Iron Plate.png Iron Plate 2.0
1.0N/AN/ATier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Caterium ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 26.3
Quickwire.png Quickwire 105.0
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
3.82.5Circuit Board.png Circuit Board25.0
Cable.png Cable22.5
Plastic.png Plastic45.0
Screw.png Screw130.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Crystal ComputerComputer.png ComputerCircuit Board.png Circuit Board 7.5
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 2.8
2.82.5Circuit Board.png Circuit Board25.0
Cable.png Cable22.5
Plastic.png Plastic45.0
Screw.png Screw130.0
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystal
Coated CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 37.5
Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 15.0
67.530.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Insulated CableCable.png CableWire.png Wire 45.0
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
100.030.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Electrode Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 45.0
5.07.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Rubber ConcreteConcrete.png ConcreteLimestone.png Limestone 50.0
Rubber.png Rubber 10.0
45.015.0Limestone.png Limestone45.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Heavy Oil ResidueHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil ResidueCrude Oil.png Crude Oil 30.040.020.0Packaged Heavy Oil Residue.png Packaged Heavy Oil Residue20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Coated Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron PlateIron Ingot.png Iron Ingot 50.0
Plastic.png Plastic 10.0
75.020.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Steel Coated PlateIron Plate.png Iron PlateSteel Ingot.png Steel Ingot 7.5
Plastic.png Plastic 5.0
45.020.0Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled PlasticPlastic.png PlasticRubber.png Rubber 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Polymer Resin.png Polymer Resin60.0
Water.png Water20.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Polymer ResinPolymer Resin.png Polymer ResinCrude Oil.png Crude Oil 60.0130.0N/AN/ATier 5 - Oil Processing
Adhered Iron PlateReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron PlateIron Plate.png Iron Plate 11.3
Rubber.png Rubber 3.8
3.85.0Iron Plate.png Iron Plate30.0
Screw.png Screw60.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Recycled RubberRubber.png RubberPlastic.png Plastic 30.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
60.020.0Crude Oil.png Crude Oil30.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Plastic Smart PlatingSmart Plating.png Smart PlatingReinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate 2.5
Rotor.png Rotor 2.5
Plastic.png Plastic 7.5
5.02.0Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate2.0
Rotor.png Rotor2.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Coke Steel IngotSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotIron Ore.png Iron Ore 75.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 75.0
100.045.0Iron Ore.png Iron Ore45.0
Coal.png Coal45.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Flexible FrameworkVersatile Framework.png Versatile FrameworkModular Frame.png Modular Frame 3.8
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam 22.5
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
7.55.0Modular Frame.png Modular Frame2.5
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
Quickwire CableCable.png CableQuickwire.png Quickwire 7.5
Rubber.png Rubber 5.0
27.530.0Wire.png Wire60.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Caterium Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardPlastic.png Plastic 12.5
Quickwire.png Quickwire 37.5
8.87.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Silicon High-Speed ConnectorHigh-Speed Connector.png High-Speed ConnectorQuickwire.png Quickwire 90.0
Silica.png Silica 37.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 3.0
3.03.8Quickwire.png Quickwire210.0
Cable.png Cable37.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board3.8
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Caterium Research - High-Speed Connector
Quartz Research - Quartz
Polyester FabricFabric.png FabricPolymer Resin.png Polymer Resin 80.0
Water.png Water 50.0
5.015.0Mycelia.png Mycelia15.0
Biomass.png Biomass75.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Mycelia Research - Fabric
Insulated Crystal OscillatorCrystal Oscillator.png Crystal OscillatorQuartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 18.8
Rubber.png Rubber 13.1
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter 1.9
1.91.0Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal18.0
Cable.png Cable14.0
Reinforced Iron Plate.png Reinforced Iron Plate2.5
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Crystal Oscillator
Caterium Research - Caterium Electronics
Silicon Circuit BoardCircuit Board.png Circuit BoardCopper Sheet.png Copper Sheet 27.5
Silica.png Silica 27.5
12.57.5Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet15.0
Plastic.png Plastic30.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Quartz Research - Quartz
Diluted Packaged FuelPackaged Fuel.png Packaged FuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 30.0
Packaged Water.png Packaged Water 60.0
60.040.0Fuel.png Fuel40.0
Empty Canister.png Empty Canister40.0
Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Tier 5 - Alternative Fluid Transport
Turbo Heavy FuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 37.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 30.0
30.020.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
TurbofuelTurbofuel.png TurbofuelFuel.png Fuel 22.5
Compacted Coal.png Compacted Coal 15.0
18.820.0Packaged Turbofuel.png Packaged Turbofuel20.0Tier 5 - Oil Processing
Alternate Recipe - Compacted Coal
Classic BatteryBattery.png BatterySulfur.png Sulfur 45.0
Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet 52.5
Plastic.png Plastic 60.0
Wire.png Wire 90.0
30.020.0Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid50.0
Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution40.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing20.0
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Electric MotorMotor.png MotorElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 3.8
Rotor.png Rotor 7.5
7.55.0Rotor.png Rotor10.0
Stator.png Stator10.0
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
OC SupercomputerSupercomputer.png SupercomputerRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 9.0
Cooling System.png Cooling System 9.0
3.01.9Computer.png Computer3.8
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter3.8
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector5.6
Plastic.png Plastic52.5
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Caterium Research - Supercomputer
Super-State ComputerSupercomputer.png SupercomputerComputer.png Computer 3.6
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.4
Battery.png Battery 24.0
Wire.png Wire 54.0
2.41.9Computer.png Computer3.8
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter3.8
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector5.6
Plastic.png Plastic52.5
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - Supercomputer
Sloppy AluminaAlumina Solution.png Alumina SolutionBauxite.png Bauxite 200.0
Water.png Water 200.0
240.0120.0Packaged Alumina Solution.png Packaged Alumina Solution120.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Alternate: Alclad CasingAluminum Casing.png Aluminum CasingAluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot 150.0
Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot 75.0
112.560.0Aluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot90.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Pure Aluminum IngotAluminum Ingot.png Aluminum IngotAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap 60.030.060.0Aluminum Scrap.png Aluminum Scrap90.0
Silica.png Silica75.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Electrode - Aluminum ScrapAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum ScrapAlumina Solution.png Alumina Solution 180.0
Petroleum Coke.png Petroleum Coke 60.0
300.0360.0Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution240.0
Coal.png Coal120.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Diluted FuelFuel.png FuelHeavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue 50.0
Water.png Water 100.0
100.040.0Heavy Oil Residue.png Heavy Oil Residue60.0Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Radio Control SystemRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitCrystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 1.5
Circuit Board.png Circuit Board 15.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 90.0
Rubber.png Rubber 45.0
4.52.5Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing40.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator1.3
Computer.png Computer1.3
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Instant ScrapAluminum Scrap.png Aluminum ScrapBauxite.png Bauxite 150.0
Coal.png Coal 100.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid 50.0
Water.png Water 60.0
300.0360.0Alumina Solution.png Alumina Solution240.0
Coal.png Coal120.0
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Tier 7 - Aeronautical Engineering
Radio Connection UnitRadio Control Unit.png Radio Control UnitHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 15.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 7.5
Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal 45.0
3.82.5Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing40.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator1.3
Computer.png Computer1.3
Tier 7 - Bauxite Refinement
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Cooling DeviceCooling System.png Cooling SystemHeat Sink.png Heat Sink 9.4
Motor.png Motor 1.9
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas 45.0
3.86.0Heat Sink.png Heat Sink12.0
Rubber.png Rubber12.0
Water.png Water30.0
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas150.0
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Heat ExchangerHeat Sink.png Heat SinkAluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 30.0
Rubber.png Rubber 30.0
10.07.5Alclad Aluminum Sheet.png Alclad Aluminum Sheet37.5
Copper Sheet.png Copper Sheet22.5
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Heat-Fused FrameFused Modular Frame.png Fused Modular FrameHeavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular Frame 3.0
Aluminum Ingot.png Aluminum Ingot 150.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid 24.0
Fuel.png Fuel 30.0
3.01.5Heavy Modular Frame.png Heavy Modular Frame1.5
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing75.0
Nitrogen Gas.png Nitrogen Gas37.5
Tier 8 - Advanced Aluminum Production
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Turbo Electric MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 6.6
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit 8.4
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 4.7
Rotor.png Rotor 6.6
2.81.9Cooling System.png Cooling System7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit3.8
Motor.png Motor7.5
Rubber.png Rubber45.0
Tier 8 - Leading-edge Production
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Electromagnetic Connection RodElectromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control RodStator.png Stator 8.0
High-Speed Connector.png High-Speed Connector 4.0
8.04.0Stator.png Stator6.0
AI Limiter.png AI Limiter4.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - AI Limiter
Infused Uranium CellEncased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium CellUranium.png Uranium 25.0
Silica.png Silica 15.0
Sulfur.png Sulfur 25.0
Quickwire.png Quickwire 75.0
20.025.0Uranium.png Uranium50.0
Concrete.png Concrete15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid40.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Quartz Research - Quartz
Sulfur Research - Sulfur
Uranium Fuel UnitUranium Fuel Rod.png Uranium Fuel RodEncased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell 20.0
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod 2.0
Crystal Oscillator.png Crystal Oscillator 0.6
Beacon.png Beacon 1.2
0.60.4Encased Uranium Cell.png Encased Uranium Cell20.0
Encased Industrial Beam.png Encased Industrial Beam1.2
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod2.0
Tier 8 - Nuclear Power
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Instant Plutonium CellEncased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium CellNon-fissile Uranium.png Non-fissile Uranium 75.0
Aluminum Casing.png Aluminum Casing 10.0
10.05.0Plutonium Pellet.png Plutonium Pellet10.0
Concrete.png Concrete20.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Fertile UraniumNon-fissile Uranium.png Non-fissile UraniumUranium.png Uranium 25.0
Uranium Waste.png Uranium Waste 25.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid 15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid 25.0
100.050.0Uranium Waste.png Uranium Waste37.5
Silica.png Silica25.0
Nitric Acid.png Nitric Acid15.0
Sulfuric Acid.png Sulfuric Acid15.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Plutonium Fuel UnitPlutonium Fuel Rod.png Plutonium Fuel RodEncased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium Cell 10.0
Pressure Conversion Cube.png Pressure Conversion Cube 0.5
0.50.3Encased Plutonium Cell.png Encased Plutonium Cell7.5
Steel Beam.png Steel Beam4.5
Electromagnetic Control Rod.png Electromagnetic Control Rod1.5
Heat Sink.png Heat Sink2.5
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment
Turbo Pressure MotorTurbo Motor.png Turbo MotorMotor.png Motor 7.5
Pressure Conversion Cube.png Pressure Conversion Cube 1.9
Packaged Nitrogen Gas.png Packaged Nitrogen Gas 45.0
Stator.png Stator 15.0
3.81.9Cooling System.png Cooling System7.5
Radio Control Unit.png Radio Control Unit3.8
Motor.png Motor7.5
Rubber.png Rubber45.0
Tier 8 - Particle Enrichment

Non-recipes from Hard Drives[]

Besides Alternate Recipes, two inventory expansions can be unlocked:

Name Effect Prerequisites
Inflated Pocket Dimension +6 Inventory Slots Tier 2
Inflated Pocket Dimension +6 Inventory Slots Tier 5

Important notes[]

  • The Hard Drive research is repeatable, as long as there are remaining alternate recipes to unlock.
    • Each alternate recipe can only be unlocked once, it will never appear in the selection screen again once it has been selected.
  • If a Hard Drive is researched, and there is nothing more available to unlock (either due to every recipe being unlocked or no more recipes being currently available due to milestone/MAM research progress), the Hard Drive will be returned after it is analyzed with the following message: "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.".
  • The game does not list what recipes were unlocked in one place, the Codex has to be searched for that.

Alternate recipe analysis[]

The previous alternate recipe analysis has been replaced by a more mathematical approach and transparent calculation, opposed to an opinionated breakdown. Refer to individual item pages (e.g. Iron Ingot) for more details. Some of the notable parameters are:

  • Weighted Point: the weighted consumption rate which is calculated by: (resource consumption rate / maximum extraction rate) * 10,000. The lower the better.
    • For example, if a certain recipe path requires 10 Iron Ore/min, and the max mining rate of Iron Ore is 70380/min, then WP = 10 / 70380 * 10000 = 1.4208582.... The 10,000 multiplier is arbitrary chosen to make the numbers more readable, since most of the WP values fall in 1e-4 to 1e-5 ranges.
      • Round off the value by using the template, for example, {{rounding|1.4209|2}}, this will display as 1.42 , and its input value can be read by mouse-hover it. Please take note as rounding error do accumulate, displaying a number with many decimals has no meaning.
    • As Water is abundant and its maximum extraction rate cannot be defined, it is set to WP = 0.
    • A low WP indicates low amount of weighted resources is needed.
  • Energy per item: how much power is consumed for the entire production chain. The lower the better.
    • Energy is the product of power and time. It is the summed every steps involved, normalized at 60 / min of the final product.
    • The energy spent for mining each type of ore or raw resources is also included in per-ore basis. Each ore has a specific mining energy, calculated as if the entire map is fully mined with appropriate overclocking.
    • The energy for extracting water is also included.
    • If more than 1 alternate recipe are involved to produce the upstream ingredient, the energy for that alternate recipe path is included in the calculation.
  • Space: refers to building space, excluding belts and pipes. The lower the better.
    • It is summed for all buildings for every steps involved for the production, including all alternate recipes. The building space, or building area is calculated by L x W, in m2, which can be found in individual building pages.
    • The areas for Conveyor Belts, Pipelines, Power Lines, etc are not included since they are subjective to player's design.
    • The areas for miners and Extractors are not included. (these will be included after the 2nd pass of analysis)
  • Alternate recipes for ingredients: if there are multiple ways to produce its ingredient, the recipe with the lowest WP is chosen.
    • For example, to craft Iron Wire, Pure Iron Ingot is chosen.
    • If an exception is to be made, it will be mentioned under this section.
      • This is when the reduction in WP is too small compared with the increasing complexity, or if a large amount of rarer resources are involved.
      • For example, Steel Coated Plate has the lowest WP, but the default recipe will be used nonetheless, when Iron Plate is used as an ingredient for other items.
  • The best trait for each of the recipe is highlighted in bold for visibility.
  • The crafting speed of a particular alternate recipe is not considered, as it can be breakdown into space saving or power saving when the production rate is normalized at 60 / min.
  • If there is only a sole recipe, whether it is alternate or not, to automate a certain product, then analysis will be skipped for that item, unless new recipes are added for it.
    • Similarly, alternate recipes for coal will not be analyzed as both recipes can never be fully automated.

Usage[]

AWESOME Sink[]

 Hard Drive cannot be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink and will clog the input.

Tips[]

  • Research within the MAM continues regardless of a MAM being present on the map, also multiple MAMs may be constructed. Therefore, when a Hard Drive has been acquired, the player may build a MAM at the crash site, load the Hard Drive in, and then remove the MAM, continuing their search for further drives without building a backlog of Hard Drives to research (or, if they acquire drives faster than a rate of one per 10 minutes, can significantly reduce the amount of drives in their backlog). Only one Hard Drive can be researched at a time, meaning multiple MAMs cannot be used to research more than one Hard Drive at a time.

Quick reference for alternate recipes, created by Reddit user oldshavingfoam.

External links[]

Current issues[]

  • If the player is modding and the game is saved while a Hard Drive is being scanned, loading that save will result in the Hard Drive disappearing from the MAM without giving any recipes or inventory upgrades.
    • It is advised to not quit the game while a Hard Drive is being scanned to avoid losing any Hard Drives.
    • If a Hard Drive has been lost this way, they can be edited into the save using a save editor.
      • Using a save editor can allows the user to spawn as many hard drive as the user intended, into a spawned container, or
      • Using the save editor to instantly unlock desired, if not all, alternate recipes.
    • Details on a permanent fix should be directed at the modding community.

History[]

  • Patch 0.4.0.0:
    • Rebalanced alternate recipes in Tier 7
    • Implemented new alternate recipes: Alclad Casing, Automated Miner, Classic Battery, Cooling Device, Diluted Fuel, Electric Motor, Fertile Uranium, Heat-Fused Frame, Instant Plutonium Cell, Instant Scrap, OC Supercomputer, Plutonium Fuel Unit, Radio Connection Unit, Radio control System, Silicon High-Speed Connector, Sloppy Alumina, Super-State Computer, Turbo Blend Fuel, Turbo Pressure Motor
    • Removed Radio Control System
    • Both Inventory expansions now give 6 slots instead of 5
  • Patch 0.3.6:
    • Introduced two alternate recipes for the Empty Canister
    • Can no longer be trashed with the inventory trash slot
  • Patch 0.3.1.0: The 30 new alternate recipes added in 0.3 can now actually be unlocked
  • Patch 0.3:
    • Almost all recipes (including alternate recipes) have been adjusted
    • 30 new alternate recipes have been introduced (but aren't properly implemented and cannot be actually unlocked)
    • Renamed Expanded Pocket Dimension to Inflated Pocket Dimension, unlock requirement is now Tier 5, not Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
  • Patch 0.2.1.1: Clients should be able to see Hard Drives in Drop Pods again
  • Patch 0.1.14: Introduced a few alternate recipes
  • Patch 0.1.7:
    • Adjusted the Alternate Recipe for Compacted Coal
      • Old: 2 Coal + 2 Sulphur
      • New: 3 Coal + 3 Sulphur
    • Adjusted the Alternate Recipe for Turbo Fuel
      • Old: 5 Fuel + 2 Compacted Coal
      • New: 5 Fuel + 4 Compacted Coal
  • Patch 0.1.5:
    • Introduced several new alternate recipes
    • Alternate recipes can no longer be hand-crafted
    • Fixed the milestone cost of the Alternate Heavy Modular Frame
    • Reduced the Quickwire cost of Quickwire alternate recipes
  • Patch 0.103: Fixed the Hard Drive research crash
  • Patch 0.1: Adjusted a few alternate recipes
  • Patch Closed Alpha 4: Now researchable and gives Alternate Recipes

See also[]