So shingled drives are my only option?
I'm looking at current available 4tb drives and from what I've read both Seagate and WD are now offering shingled drives for their consumer grade, drives around 150usd or less. Also Toshiba which is my preferred brand is not clear about which are shingled drives.
Since my purpose for this next drive is for storing files, I guess it's fine but it sucks that there are no longer PMR options that I can tell.
- 2 months ago
For the money you can get a Seagate Barracuda.
- M SmithLv 42 months ago
Shingled drives are pmr, the distinction you're discussing is smr vs cmr.
Why are you worried about whether it's smr or cmr? Smr is effectively just a higher density for a relatively minor speed penalty. Either will greatly exceed the performance and reliability you require in this scenario.
I believe all modern 4tb drives are smr.