I got my 2 8TB Seagate SMR drives and OMG they take forever to write to… I’m thinking about changing my strategy to 500GB plots (instead of 1TB), and using an internal drive and they copying.
If that were to be better does that mean that the plotter is writing and re-writing to the drive as it is plotting? And that is what is causing the slow-down? I understand how SMR’s work versus PMR, but if the plotter is writing a continuous stream of data once, you would think it would be as fast as a copy.
I wonder if a plotter could be optimized to plot to SMR drives?