20TB drives with SMR from Seagate coming in the next few months

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    heffeque Ancient Guru

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    I still remember when higher capacity hard drives meant that the lower capacity hard drives got cheaper.
    What a time to be alive!
     
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    Title: "20TB drives with SMR from Seagate coming in the next few months"

    Quote from Seagate: "We expect to begin shipping 20 terabyte PMR drives in the second half of this calendar year."

    Are these different drives, or is the title wrong and this is about PMR/CMR drives?
     
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    I had a displeasure of experiencing how unusably bad Shingled drives are, I wouldn't go anywhere near these garbage. At best they are like using a rewritable CD as if it was an HDD.
     

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    Using SMR here on an small-sized (2.5") large capacity (5TB) external USB 3.0 drive for using Hyper Backup on my NAS. For this use-case they are fairly capable, and there are no 2.5" drives that are large capacity (5TB or more) that are not SMR as far as I know, so there is actually no alternative other than to go to extremely expensive SSD, or to change to a bigger form factor.

    But anyway... any workload slightly more complicated than that and... yup, wouldn't even think of using SMR!
     
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    Yeah, that would be one of the very rare and unique situations where SMR isn't completely useless although CMR would still be preferable.
     

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