Average Bench: 42.1% (475th of 1015)

Based on 26,388 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 57.9% 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 0.66MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.54MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB is 45.2%. 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 44.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 68.3MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 26,388 samples)
Min Avg Max
15.7 Read 76.4 106
16.8 Write 68.3 105
15.2 Mixed 44.2 58.5
27.1 SusWrite 70.1 106
47.6% 64.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.43 0.6
0.41 4K Write 1.54 2.3
0.11 4K Mixed 0.66 0.9
119% 0.88 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
341GB free
Firmware: 2AR20003
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 94 97 94 95 91 MB/s
Read 86.3
Write 100
Mixed 58.5
SusWrite 94.6
62% 84.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.1 MB/s
100GB free
Firmware: 2AR20002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 60 62 62 61 61 MB/s
Read 89.7
Write 68.2
Mixed 46.5
SusWrite 60.7
49% 66.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
158% 1.1 MB/s
423GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2AR10002
SusWrite @10s intervals: 41 48 51 61 58 67 MB/s
Read 69.4
Write 65.1
Mixed 16.9
SusWrite 54.3
37% 51.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.7
108% 0.7 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 23,065,441 HDDs tested.

Typical ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB 500GB Builds (Compare 2,577 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop 38%
Jet ski
Workstation 15%

System: Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300E7C

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 38% - Below average Total price: $262

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