Question Should I avoid SMR hard drives for storing infrequently accessed video, roms, etc?

SteveGrabowski

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I have a hard drive on my PC that I need to replace and have gotten all the data off of already. I read SMR drives have really slow write speed but mostly I just want something to store movies, roms for emulation, porn, etc where I don't care a whole lot about speed, especially write speed. Are there any downsides other than write speed for going with an SMR drive? Any reliability problems? Should I spend extra for a confirmed CMR NAS drive for something I'm not going to be using for a NAS, but in a PC? Sorry, I know crap about hard drives so figured I'd ask.
 

kschendel

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Your use case actually sounds like a good use for SMR drives: A read-mostly situation where you care more about space available than write speed.

I've not heard of any reliability issues from current SMR drives.
 

sdifox

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I have a hard drive on my PC that I need to replace and have gotten all the data off of already. I read SMR drives have really slow write speed but mostly I just want something to store movies, roms for emulation, porn, etc where I don't care a whole lot about speed, especially write speed. Are there any downsides other than write speed for going with an SMR drive? Any reliability problems? Should I spend extra for a confirmed CMR NAS drive for something I'm not going to be using for a NAS, but in a PC? Sorry, I know crap about hard drives so figured I'd ask.
Just get a 14TB. AFAIK they are not shingled.
 
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Shmee

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I would avoid SMR drives period, partly on principle.
 

VirtualLarry

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I bought two 2TB 7200 RPM WD "Blue" desktop HDDs recently @ Newegg. They were $45 ea. after promo discount.

Turns out they are SMR. Intended to be Steam game drives for budget builds. (OS on NVMe SSD.)
 

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