Average Bench: 77.4% (96th of 1015)

more Based on 33,834 user benchmarks.  Models: ST4000DM000-1F2168, ST4000DM 000-1F2168, ST4000DM000-1CD168, ST4000DM000-2AE1, ST4000DM ST4000DM000-1F21, ST4000DM 000-2AE166, ST4000DM ST4000DM000-1CD1, Seagate ST4000DM000-1F21, ST4000DM000-1F21, ST4000DM ST4000DM000-2AE1, ST4000DM000-2AE166, ST4000DM000-1CD1

This is Seagate's most recent hard drive and their first 4TB consumer offering. With a rotational speed of just 5,900 RPM it's significantly slower than the 7,200 RPM Barracudas that it supersedes. The lower rotational speed results in approximately 10% slower sequential transfer speeds and longer access times which make this drive less suitable for use as a system drive. With peak 4k read/write speeds of 0.76/1.2 MB/s the 4TB HDD.15 lags the group leaders significantly. The HDD.15 is a far better candidate for use in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) where factors such as power consumption and cost per GB are more important than outright speeds. To conclude, the HDD.15 has a relatively disappointing small file 4K performance profile but it does offer a huge amount of storage at a very competitive price which makes it a good candidate for use in a NAS. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) averaged 22.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.68MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 136MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) is 50.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 68.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.63MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,834 samples)
Min Avg Max
78 Read 136 175
58 Write 111 153
40.6 Mixed 68.8 81.8
73.1 SusWrite 133 176
82.3% 112 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.63 0.7
0.8 4K Write 1.44 2
0.5 4K Mixed 0.68 0.8
128% 0.91 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 151 154 156 156 157 153 MB/s
Read 175
Write 141
Mixed 79.2
SusWrite 154
100% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.97 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC52
SusWrite @10s intervals: 159 160 162 162 163 162 MB/s
Read 148
Write 114
Mixed 81.5
SusWrite 161
93% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
116% 0.8 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC51
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 146 154 151 157 150 MB/s
Read 147
Write 150
Mixed 59.5
SusWrite 144
91% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.87 MB/s
491GB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 121 121 123 122 123 MB/s
Read 107
Write 85.3
Mixed 69
SusWrite 121
70% 95.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
357GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 99 100 101 100 101 MB/s
Read 17.5
Write 26.3
Mixed 34.5
SusWrite 99.8
33% 44.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.6
100% 0.6 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Feb '13
EbayUS $7514 mins
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Typical Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) Builds (Compare 32,902 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,019

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 Comments

One drive for every need...

Added 6 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 years ago.

I have two of them running two and three years and still running fine.


Good

6 months ago.

Despite all of that age, this HDD still proves to be great even today thanks to lower price than the competitor (WD Blue 4TB (2015)) while offering nearly similar performance (many users shouldn't be caring for HDD speed while building their new computer though).


Above average

6 years ago.


Above average

2 years ago.

I use it for storing media and it doesn't disappoint


Excellent

4 years ago.

Great data drive for all my movies and backups.


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