Average Bench: 78.3% (91st of 1015)

more Based on 28,941 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 21.6% 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 137MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) is 49%. 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 69.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.42MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,941 samples)
Min Avg Max
85.2 Read 137 176
62.5 Write 111 154
51.5 Mixed 69.4 82.1
81.6 SusWrite 136 176
83.1% 113 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.63 0.7
0.8 4K Write 1.42 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%
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 157 162 162 159 160 MB/s
Read 146
Write 115
Mixed 79.1
SusWrite 160
92% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 1 MB/s
3TB free
Firmware: CC52
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 154 157 157 155 155 MB/s
Read 145
Write 110
Mixed 74
SusWrite 156
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
112% 0.77 MB/s
3.5TB free
Firmware: CC53
SusWrite @10s intervals: 146 146 145 145 147 147 MB/s
Read 141
Write 119
Mixed 75
SusWrite 146
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
112% 0.77 MB/s
610GB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 100 101 103 103 102 MB/s
Read 117
Write 93.8
Mixed 69.8
SusWrite 102
70% 95.5 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 18,415,197 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $188 @ launch in Feb '13
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Typical Desktop HDD 4TB (2013) Builds (Compare 19,672 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170-A - $581

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $1,424

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 Comments

One drive for every need...

Added 5 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

2 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

5 years ago.


Above average

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Great data drive for all my movies and backups.


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