SMR Drive Support In Linux 4.8 To Be Further Improved

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Storage on 26 July 2016 at 06:37 PM EDT. 3 Comments
With the Linux 4.7 kernel came initial work on SMR drives, a.k.a. Shingled Magnetic Recording. With Linux 4.8 the SMR drive support continues to be improved.

Shingled Magnetic Recording is a magnetic storage tech used by HDDs with high storage density.

Tejun Heo sent in the libata 4.8 updates and noted there were more SMR support work this cycle. In addition to continued SMR drive support, there have also been SCSI command emulation improvements and other low-level libata driver updates.
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