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HDD's for file server

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:07 pm
by bitcat70
I will need to add storage space to my organization's file server. I was looking at some enterprise class drives with at least 4 TB capacity. However, I want to make sure they are not of the SMR variety and the spec sheets don't always seem to indicate which recording technology a drive uses. Specifically I'm interested in the HGST Ultrastars. How do I make sure I don't end up with an SMR drive?

Re: HDD's for file server

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:50 pm
by arunphilip
A quick look at the HGST Ultrastar page shows that only the 14 TB variant comes with SMR and highlights it as a major feature, while the 4 TB variant up to 12 TB variants don't have it.

When it comes to you ordering drives, if you compare the model number of the product you're shopping for with that on the HGST site, that should reassure you. Given that SMR is aimed at increasing data density, I'd expect it on only the higher capacity models anyway.

Is there some other concern you have that isn't addressed by the information on HGST's site?

Re: HDD's for file server

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:56 pm
by Waco
What kind of file server? What kind of workload? What kind of support? Is there a QVL for qualified drives?

Re: HDD's for file server

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:35 pm
by arunphilip