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Oct 22, 2022
Greetings all!

Sorry for the lame title, but for the life of me I can't remember what the problem was called.

It was on a podcast episode some time back. HDD manufacturers were using some kind of lame tech that made their allegedly high-performance HDDs suck. Western Digital was doing it along with some others, and apparently even some of their Black line of HDDs had the problem.

I need to buy a new HDD, and I've been buying WD Black HDDs for many, many years, so I want to get a new one... but I want to make sure that I get a good one.

Does anyone remember what the issue was actually called? If I could figure that out, I could search around a bit more and make sure that I get a drive without it...

SMR - Shingled Magnetic Recording
There was some discussion on SMR on Episode #800, Jan 05, 2021.

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Ahh, yeah, that was it.


Now, to find out if the drive I was looking at has it or not... thinking about that Black 10tb HDD...
Also, don't go with a hybrid drive - part SSD and part HDD. I think those were a boondoggle and often the SSD part would be too small and would bottleneck large transfer performance. And the SSD piece wears out fast.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron