Average Bench: 60.9% (185th of 1015)

Based on 1,933 user benchmarks.  Models: ST5000DM000-1FK178, ST5000DM 000-1FK178, ST5000DM000-1FK1, ST5000DM ST5000DM000-1FK1

Above average average bench

The Seagate Barracuda Desktop 5TB averaged 39.0% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 6.48MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.59MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda Desktop 5TB is 69.4%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda Desktop 5TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 30.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 79.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 1,933 samples)
Min Avg Max
14.8 Read 79.9 136
37.5 Write 99.7 154
17.5 Mixed 30.5 62.6
38.9 SusWrite 131 180
61.8% 85.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.96 1.4
2.95 4K Write 6.48 8
0.2 4K Mixed 0.59 0.92
226% 2.68 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
4TB free
Firmware: CC49
SusWrite @10s intervals: 163 170 183 185 178 182 MB/s
Read 129
Write 117
Mixed 31.2
SusWrite 177
82% 114 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 7.9
4K Mixed 0.7
274% 3.27 MB/s
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC49
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 192 193 192 193 191 MB/s
Read 100
Write 154
Mixed 33
SusWrite 179
84% 116 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 7.8
4K Mixed 0.8
283% 3.27 MB/s
4.5TB free
Firmware: CC49
SusWrite @10s intervals: 169 185 184 178 185 190 MB/s
Read 49.2
Write 135
Mixed 33.2
SusWrite 182
72% 99.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 8
4K Mixed 0.8
266% 3.17 MB/s
4TB free
Firmware: CC49
SusWrite @10s intervals: 128 142 139 150 145 135 MB/s
Read 91.2
Write 129
Mixed 34.5
SusWrite 140
71% 98.6 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 7.4
4K Mixed 0.6
245% 3 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 23,216,427 HDDs tested.


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Typical Barracuda Desktop 5TB Builds (Compare 10,751 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 75%
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 57%

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 - $191

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $978

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Intel Core i5-9600K $229Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Crucial MX500 250GB $46
Intel Core i5-9400F $155Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $160Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i7-9700K $370Nvidia RTX 2060 $339Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $204
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $37Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $643SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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