So a long while back I bought a Seagate 8TB drive from Costco not knowing that it was a SMR drive. Looking back, I should have returned it. Live and learn. Now that I have it, I’d like to use it but using it as a backup drive is so painfully slow it will take days to get the data on this drive. I suppose if I just let it go and and only do incremental backups it will be fine but this first one is incredibly slow and painful.
Any of you have any SMR drives – if so, what are your legitimate use cases for drives like this?