Shingled Drives explained
Shingled Magnetic Recordings (SMR)
Shingled drives are a new technology developed by Seagate aimed at improving data storage up to a whopping 8 terabyte at just about 3 cents a gigabyte.
There has always been a trade off in physics with no exception here. While we are getting a huge amount of storage and reasonable prices, these drives are not very fast at speeds around 5,900 RPMS read/write which puts it right around 150MB/sec is considerably slow compared to the current SSD drive pushing 1,800MB/sec
Check out the video above for a more detailed illustration on how these drives work, but in a nutshell, they remove empty space on each platter in order to cram more data in
These drives are expected to ship in January for $260 for a 8 terabyte version. We will be installing a few of these drives within our Drobo 5n. We are a little concerned with read/write speed.
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