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Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
03-30-2015, 11:26 AM (This post was last modified: 03-30-2015 11:26 AM by molvetica.)
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Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
Does anyone know whether Drobo supports the Seagate Archive 8TB drive? I ask because these drives use the new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) tech that currently has spotty support at the OS level. These drives in particular have their own hardware on board to manage it, but I can't find any information regarding how this might work with a Drobo.

This is the drive in question: http://www.seagate.com/products/enterpri...http://www.seagate.com/products/enterprise-servers-storage/nearline-storage/ar

The Drobo website says that the Gen 3 supports up to 32TB, which would imply support for drives of this size. However, in all official statements the largest drives mentioned are 6TB. Drobo also hasn't commented on whether SMR drives can work in their products. I've seen some YouTube videos suggesting that they can, but I want to know for sure before I throw down a massive amount of money on 4x 8TB HDD's.

If anyone has any information I'd really appreciate it!
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05-19-2015, 11:19 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
We are currently in process of testing the 8TB drive, we will post an update when available:

https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01124
https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01763
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07-02-2015, 11:58 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
Is there an update on this? I would like to know if it is safe to use these drives in my 5D. Thanks.

(05-19-2015 11:19 AM)DroboMod Wrote:  We are currently in process of testing the 8TB drive, we will post an update when available:

https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01124
https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01763
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07-19-2015, 12:57 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
Hi i am using this 8G hard drive
and crash for many times.
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07-21-2015, 06:52 PM
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(07-19-2015 12:57 AM)nicki Wrote:  Hi i am using this 8G hard drive
and crash for many times.

What Type of Crashes... Disk or Drobo related?
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07-22-2015, 05:11 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
From what I understand, SMR drives are "archive" drives, and have poor write performance. According to Seagate themselves...

Archive HDDs are not intended for surveillance or NAS applications, and you may experience lower performance in these
environments. For these applications, Seagate NAS HDDs and Seagate Surveillance HDDs are suggested for better performance and reliability

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07-22-2015, 06:09 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
Yes, don't use "archive" drives for NAS or any other scenario that requires frequent write operations.

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07-22-2015, 10:03 AM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
We posted an update on our website, these drives are currently not supported:

http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/choose-drive/

Note on 4K Native Sector drives:
4K Native Sector drives are not supported. Consult the Drobo.com Knowledgebase article describing 4K Native Sector drive support for Drobo products.
8TB archive drives from Seagate are currently not supported.

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(03-30-2015 11:26 AM)molvetica Wrote:  Does anyone know whether Drobo supports the Seagate Archive 8TB drive? I ask because these drives use the new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) tech that currently has spotty support at the OS level. These drives in particular have their own hardware on board to manage it, but I can't find any information regarding how this might work with a Drobo.

This is the drive in question: http://www.seagate.com/products/enterpri...http://www.seagate.com/products/enterprise-servers-storage/nearline-storage/ar

The Drobo website says that the Gen 3 supports up to 32TB, which would imply support for drives of this size. However, in all official statements the largest drives mentioned are 6TB. Drobo also hasn't commented on whether SMR drives can work in their products. I've seen some YouTube videos suggesting that they can, but I want to know for sure before I throw down a massive amount of money on 4x 8TB HDD's.

If anyone has any information I'd really appreciate it!
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09-16-2015, 06:17 PM (This post was last modified: 09-16-2015 07:46 PM by kirbyzhou.)
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
(07-22-2015 10:03 AM)DroboMod Wrote:  We posted an update on our website, these drives are currently not supported:

http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/choose-drive/

Note on 4K Native Sector drives:
4K Native Sector drives are not supported. Consult the Drobo.com Knowledgebase article describing 4K Native Sector drive support for Drobo products.
8TB archive drives from Seagate are currently not supported.

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(03-30-2015 11:26 AM)molvetica Wrote:  Does anyone know whether Drobo supports the Seagate Archive 8TB drive? I ask because these drives use the new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) tech that currently has spotty support at the OS level. These drives in particular have their own hardware on board to manage it, but I can't find any information regarding how this might work with a Drobo.

This is the drive in question: http://www.seagate.com/products/enterpri...http://www.seagate.com/products/enterprise-servers-storage/nearline-storage/ar

The Drobo website says that the Gen 3 supports up to 32TB, which would imply support for drives of this size. However, in all official statements the largest drives mentioned are 6TB. Drobo also hasn't commented on whether SMR drives can work in their products. I've seen some YouTube videos suggesting that they can, but I want to know for sure before I throw down a massive amount of money on 4x 8TB HDD's.

If anyone has any information I'd really appreciate it!

Do you know the support strategy of Seagate ST5000DM000 drives?
Is it also a SMR drive, but not 4K-native.
So can it be or not be supported by Drobo? ( with reasonable peformace )
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01-20-2016, 08:25 PM
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RE: Seagate Archive 8TB and SMR HDD compatibility in general
(09-16-2015 06:17 PM)kirbyzhou Wrote:  Do you know the support strategy of Seagate ST5000DM000 drives?
Is it also a SMR drive, but not 4K-native.
So can it be or not be supported by Drobo? ( with reasonable peformace )

Are there any plans for drobo to support the Seagate ST8000AS0002 architect drive? I was hoping to slam 5 into a new 5n...
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