Average Bench: 76.9% (97th of 1015)

more Based on 38,379 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 23.1% 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 0.67MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 135MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) is 53%. 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 68.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.62MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,379 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.8 Read 135 177
52.4 Write 110 157
39.9 Mixed 68.4 81.9
78.6 SusWrite 133 175
81.8% 112 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.62 0.7
0.8 4K Write 1.43 2
0.4 4K Mixed 0.67 0.8
127% 0.91 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2.5TB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 174 180 180 182 182 180 MB/s
Read 156
Write 138
Mixed 70.8
SusWrite 180
99% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.7
144% 1.13 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC52
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 149 147 151 149 151 MB/s
Read 149
Write 110
Mixed 62.8
SusWrite 148
86% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.87 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 151 154 154 153 146 MB/s
Read 127
Write 118
Mixed 66.1
SusWrite 150
84% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.8
149% 1.1 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 130 130 135 134 134 MB/s
Read 138
Write 110
Mixed 81.9
SusWrite 132
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 118 121 121 120 121 MB/s
Read 110
Write 81.2
Mixed 70.1
SusWrite 119
70% 95.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,484,872 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Feb '13
AmazonUS $792 hrs
EbayUS $857 mins
OutletPCUS $993 months
BHPhotoUS $1092 years
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Typical Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) Builds (Compare 28,691 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170-A - $386

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,246

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 Comments

One drive for every need...

Added 6 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

3 years ago.

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


Good

14 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.


Good

7 months ago.

As what IDN-User (actually mine before i registered here), this HDD is still a great purchase thanks to lower prices compared to other competing 4TB HDD (need some more confirmation though). Hardly ever cared about HDD speed unless at certain circumstances.


Above average

3 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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