I have recently purchased a WD Blue mobile 1To (WD10SPZX) in order to replace the stock HGST HDD that was in my old Toshiba Laptop under Vista 32, because it had broken down.
I unfortunately realized afterwards that this HDD relies on SMR technology. This info was provided nowhere: nor on WD pages nor on the retailer site. Of course, the high cache size should have alerted me, but it is only when I observed very irregular performances in write and defrag operations, and the availability of the TRIM command under CrystalDiskInfo, that I understood my double mistake: this HDD is not suitable as a system disk, and still less for Vista that does not support TRIM.
So here is my question: other manufacturers such as Intel or Samsung have developped their own utility to bring a TRIM like feature under Vista (for SSD, but it is the same principle). Is there, please, a similar tool for WD HDD using SMR that can be run under Vista to optimize the disk, in order to limit the drawbacks of the technology ?
Thanks in advance.