Average Bench: 54.7% (258th of 1015)

more Based on 259,917 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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release.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 45.3% 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 0.75MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB is 36.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 58.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 91.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 259,917 samples)
Min Avg Max
52.9 Read 97.4 122
45.2 Write 91.8 119
37.2 Mixed 58.3 69.3
52.4 SusWrite 93 122
62.5% 85.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.75 0.9
0.9 4K Write 1.38 1.8
0.6 4K Mixed 0.88 1
155% 1.01 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
901GB free
Firmware: JC45
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 112 114 118 117 118 MB/s
Read 130
Write 118
Mixed 60.7
SusWrite 116
78% 106 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 1
170% 1.07 MB/s
923GB free
Firmware: CC3E
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 119 119 119 119 119 MB/s
Read 117
Write 106
Mixed 66.5
SusWrite 119
75% 102 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
163% 1.07 MB/s
455GB free
Firmware: HP35
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 90 90 93 93 92 MB/s
Read 110
Write 96
Mixed 59.7
SusWrite 91
66% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.9
162% 1.03 MB/s
257GB free
Firmware: CC44
SusWrite @10s intervals: 90 91 91 90 90 92 MB/s
Read 103
Write 98.1
Mixed 67.2
SusWrite 90.6
66% 89.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 1
174% 1.13 MB/s
693GB free
Firmware: CC3E
SusWrite @10s intervals: 32 30 31 31 33 33 MB/s
Read 91.5
Write 39
Mixed 51.2
SusWrite 31.6
40% 53.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.8
141% 0.87 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 34,991,901 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $65 @ launch in Jan '11
OutletPCUS $5910 days
AmazonUS $734 mins
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Typical Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Builds (Compare 27,438 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $329

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 Comments

Performance and reliability for everyone...

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5 months ago.

Amazing HDD for its age. More than fast enough for my graphic design and 3D gaming. Mine was made in 2012. Has lasted many years of hard use with no issues. Very satisfied!!


Excellent

23 months ago.

für den Gebrauch zum Daten sichern recht gut


Good

5 months ago.

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


Terrible

6 years ago.


Good

5 months 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

3 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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