Whilst it can be used as a regular hard drive, as others have stated it's not recommended. Nothing wrong with it per se (although I'm not up to speed on how long it lasts when you continuously write to it), but you will take a performance hit. Your hard drive would be the bottleneck in your system.
As I understand it (and I could be off the mark), the shingle technology that allows so much capacity means that when writing to the disc, several other adjacent areas will need rewriting. It's not just that the drive is slower, but it's having to physically do more.
An analogy might be if you were to replace some roof tiles/shingles. In order to secure them, you need to remove the ones above and refit them. And then the ones above them, etc., until you reach a gap. Similar thing for these drives (I think).
Therefore, writing takes a hit, but reading from it is fine. That's why it's advertised as a write-once-read-many drive, or archive drive.
There are caches and things in place that bring the write speed back up again so that it's performance is on a par with something like the Western Digital Green drives. However, I don't know what affect the increased writing has on the longevity of the thing.
You'd be recommended to use this as a data drive, but not somewhere where lots of files are constantly written (system drive, or scratch drive for workstation tasks). A lot of interest has been shown for media servers, since you can put all of your movies, music, videos, pictures, etc., on there (files that typically don't change), and it's plenty fast enough to read those files just fine.
For an extra £40-50, you could get a decent system drive (where the size doesn't really matter), and have this as a second drive in a PC (assuming you've got the space and SATA ports).
Long story short, you can use it as a regular drive, sure. Not a great choice to do so though.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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