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Normal blocks I can mine fine, but when it comes to diamond and gold ores, the block just gets "destroyed" (as in you can't pick it up). I'm playing on multiplayer with no spawning monsters.

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Are you using an Iron pickaxe? –  TrickyM66 Mar 15 '11 at 1:08
I'm using a [cobble]stone pickaxe. –  happy_soil Mar 15 '11 at 1:12

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A pick made of iron will mine all ores.

A wood or stone pick will only mine coal, iron, and lapis; but will destroy gold, diamond, redstone and emerald without dropping the item.

The diamond pickaxe is the only pickaxe to get obsidian.

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Ah, that makes sense. I just got back to playing this after a long hiatus and can't seem to remember anything lol. –  happy_soil Mar 15 '11 at 1:15
What I do is use a cobblestone pickaxe for mining stone, and a diamond pickaxe for mining gold|diamond|redstone. Since I only use this diamond pickaxe for these rarer ores, it is lasting forever. It lasts much longer than an iron pickaxe. –  Denilson Sá Mar 15 '11 at 3:28
You can guess which kind of axe you need by the time it takes to mine. If it takes longer than a few seconds, you need something better (the ranking is wood & gold < cobblestone < iron < diamond). The only exception is obsidian for which you need diamond and it still takes half a minute –  Zommuter Mar 15 '11 at 6:02
15 seconds for obsidian with diamond, 1 min for everything else. –  Femaref Mar 15 '11 at 14:32
@Denilson Sa, if you strip-mine 10-16 lvls above bedrock you can find diamond easily, allowing you to use the diamond pick on everything and just make a new one from all the diamond found. –  zzzzBov Mar 15 '11 at 17:00

You have to use an Iron pickaxe to mine Gold and Diamond. Do not try to mine Diamond with a stone or golden pickaxe, because it will just destroy the diamonds.

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This was already covered by the existing answer. Please don't duplicate information. –  gnovice Mar 26 '12 at 16:39

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