- Jul 5, 2013
- 22,364 (6.29/day)
To be fair, they're not that slow. They're just not as fast as CMR based drives. Even for an OS drive it would be workable. Not optimal, but doable. For example, I have a WD EasyStore external drive that is SMR. Only figured that out after looking it up. Would not have cared otherwise because write performance is in the 180MB to 210MB per second range. Not something to be at all concerned about.I'm tempted to try it out as a boot drive one day to see how awful it is, enthusiast style.
Grab a copy of CrystalDiskMark and test it for yourself. Post the screenshots, I'd be interested to see what you get with that drive compared to mine.
I'll go first.
This is with the drive partitioned and full of data. So the numbers are different that the first tests I ran when it was new. Still 170MB range is nothing to complain about..