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    This paper ( https://www.usenix.org/conference/fast15/technical-sessions/presentation/aghayev ) gives a more detailed explanation of the drive's behaviour, and especially its vulnerability to sustained random writes. If that's a significant part of what you want to use a drive for, then it's clear that this drive isn't for you. Whether this category covers "most end users" is an open question. One interesting idea I did see floated on another forum to improve SMR's performance even further was to make it a hybrid drive, with the drive's SSD acting as the drive's persistant cache.