Average Bench: 43% (440th of 1015)

Based on 47,588 user benchmarks.  Models: ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB, ST500LM012 HN-M5, ST500LM0 12, ST500LM0 12 HN-M500MBB

Below average average bench

The Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB averaged 57.0% 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 Mixed IO Speed 0.69MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.62MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB is 41%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 46MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 66.7MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 47,588 samples)
Min Avg Max
18 Read 75.5 102
17 Write 66.7 104
18.2 Mixed 46 58.4
27.9 SusWrite 74.1 107
48.2% 65.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.45 0.6
0.5 4K Write 1.62 2.3
0.2 4K Mixed 0.69 1
125% 0.92 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
304GB free
Firmware: 2AR20003
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 93 95 96 96 95 MB/s
Read 126
Write 28
Mixed 61.2
SusWrite 95
57% 77.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.1 MB/s
5GB free
Firmware: 2AR10002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 107 107 106 107 107 MB/s
Read 102
Write 65.1
Mixed 54.3
SusWrite 106
60% 81.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
158% 1.13 MB/s
176GB free
Firmware: 2AR20002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 91 91 91 93 94 MB/s
Read 85.9
Write 66.2
Mixed 50
SusWrite 90.1
54% 73.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
162% 1.17 MB/s
84GB free
Firmware: 2BA30014
SusWrite @10s intervals: 79 89 87 92 94 93 MB/s
Read 83.6
Write 78.2
Mixed 49.2
SusWrite 89.1
55% 75 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
171% 1.2 MB/s
188GB free
Firmware: 2BA30014
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 63 70 67 69 69 MB/s
Read 78.7
Write 77.1
Mixed 50.2
SusWrite 66.1
50% 68 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.13 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 51,616,277 HDDs tested.

Typical ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB Builds (Compare 3,043 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop 48%
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $74

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3 years ago.

i use it as a pc hdd was a laptop one got very cheap


7 months ago.

Find these in Xbox 360's and Xbox ones. If you need it, sure go ahead.


22 months ago.

It performs reasonably for its age. Good enough as a secondary storage drive for my old laptop.


2 years ago.

Took it from a broken Xbox One, didn't need it but nice to have if my 870 EVO ever broke for some reason.

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