Average Bench: 55.1% (250th of 1015)

more Based on 336,810 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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 was superseded by the Barracuda 7200.14 just ten months after the 7200.12's release.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 44.9% 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 0.89MB/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 35.4%. 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 58.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 92.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 336,810 samples)
Min Avg Max
59.1 Read 97.3 122
48.3 Write 92.1 119
40.8 Mixed 58.7 70
50.4 SusWrite 94.6 122
63% 85.7 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 0.89 1
156% 1.01 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
470GB free
Firmware: JC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 98 100 100 99 99 MB/s
Read 100
Write 98.5
Mixed 60.2
SusWrite 99.4
66% 89.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 1
178% 1.2 MB/s
170GB free
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 75 76 77 77 76 MB/s
Read 121
Write 111
Mixed 62.9
SusWrite 76.1
68% 92.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
161% 1.07 MB/s
324GB free
Firmware: HP64
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 93 91 95 95 95 MB/s
Read 84.2
Write 37.3
Mixed 50.4
SusWrite 93.4
49% 66.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 0.97 MB/s
314GB free
Firmware: JC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 67 68 68 68 68 MB/s
Read 87.3
Write 80.9
Mixed 55.4
SusWrite 67.2
54% 72.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
163% 1.07 MB/s
106GB free
Firmware: JC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 74 76 72 77 74 MB/s
Read 63.2
Write 65.8
Mixed 49
SusWrite 75.1
47% 63.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 41,290,601 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $65 @ launch in Jan '11
AmazonUS $877 mins
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Typical Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Builds (Compare 42,631 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 64%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $325

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 Comments

Performance and reliability for everyone...

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15 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

2 years ago.

für den Gebrauch zum Daten sichern recht gut


Good

14 months ago.

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


Terrible

7 years ago.


Good

15 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

4 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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