Average Bench: 53.9% (260th of 1015)

more Based on 337,642 user benchmarks.  Models: ST31000524AS, ST31000528AS, ST31000524AS-9YP154, ST310005 24AS, ST310005 ST31000528AS, ST310005 ST31000524AS, Seagate ST31000528AS

The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release. Looking at a comparison between the 7200.12 vs 7200.14 shows that the more recent 7200.14 was a huge improvement over the 7200.12. The 7200.12 has average sequential read/write speeds of 97/91 vs 161/155 MB/s on the newer 7200.14. Additionally the small file 4K read/write speeds of 0.62/1.32 are improved upon by over 25% on the newer version. Overall there is no contest between the two drives and considering that they are similarly priced, the newer 7200.14 is the clear winner. The 7200.12 has an effective speed of just 88.4 MB/s which is a whopping 54% below the average of the group leaders[Mar '14 HDrivePro]

Average average bench

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB averaged 46.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.88MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.76MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB is 34.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 59MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 92.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 337,642 samples)
Min Avg Max
57.7 Read 94.1 118
48.6 Write 92.1 119
43.7 Mixed 59 70.3
51.7 SusWrite 93.7 122
62.3% 84.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.76 0.9
0.9 4K Write 1.38 1.8
0.6 4K Mixed 0.88 1
155% 1.01 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
785GB free
Firmware: CC35
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 117 117 118 117 117 MB/s
Read 117
Write 118
Mixed 68.6
SusWrite 117
77% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.9
152% 0.9 MB/s
567GB free
Firmware: JC4A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 106 108 108 107 107 MB/s
Read 109
Write 106
Mixed 65.2
SusWrite 107
71% 96.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
155% 1 MB/s
931GB free
Firmware: CC36
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 58 68 35 65 70 MB/s
Read 107
Write 104
Mixed 61.9
SusWrite 62.8
62% 83.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.8
139% 0.83 MB/s
724GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 77 80 89 84 89 MB/s
Read 84
Write 73.6
Mixed 56.8
SusWrite 82.8
55% 74.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
146% 1 MB/s
301GB free
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 65 74 75 62 85 63 MB/s
Read 56.9
Write 27.8
Mixed 36
SusWrite 70.6
35% 47.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.8
133% 0.77 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $65 @ launch in Jan '11
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop 61%
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Workstation 2%
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Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $325

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Performance and reliability for everyone...

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8 months ago.

Currently this is one of my favorite HD's and it performs very well considering the age of it.


Excellent

5 years ago.

für den Gebrauch zum Daten sichern recht gut


Good

3 years ago.

i have been using it for 9 years and still no problem about its write and read's speed


Terrible

10 years ago.


Good

3 years ago.

Il est vieux, en vitesse d'écriture et de lecture c'est pas top mais il fait le boulot d'un disque dur pour une simple utilisation.


Outstanding

7 years ago.

This hard drive works and perfroms outstandingly. It is nice to have 1TB of storage at a low price like this. I highly recommend this hard drive to anyone, gaming or workspace.


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