Average Bench: 53.8% (262nd of 1015)

Based on 203,102 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3500418AS, ST3500418AS-9YP142, ST350041 8AS, ST350041 ST3500418AS

Average average bench

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB averaged 46.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.94MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.68MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB is 42.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 57.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 92.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 203,102 samples)
Min Avg Max
45.9 Read 95 124
46.4 Write 94.2 124
36.6 Mixed 57.8 69.5
39.1 SusWrite 92.5 126
62.3% 84.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.67 0.8
1.2 4K Write 1.68 2
0.59 4K Mixed 0.94 1.1
163% 1.1 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
457GB free
Firmware: CC3E
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 126 128 128 112 124 MB/s
Read 114
Write 121
Mixed 70.8
SusWrite 124
79% 107 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
176% 1.2 MB/s
463GB free
Firmware: CC46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 121 120 120 119 120 MB/s
Read 105
Write 106
Mixed 66.4
SusWrite 120
73% 99.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
177% 1.23 MB/s
466GB free
Firmware: CC46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 119 119 119 121 120 MB/s
Read 106
Write 110
Mixed 65.7
SusWrite 119
73% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
177% 1.23 MB/s
325GB free
Firmware: CC46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 111 110 111 110 112 MB/s
Read 110
Write 106
Mixed 66.5
SusWrite 111
72% 98.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
176% 1.2 MB/s
152GB free
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 101 100 100 102 103 MB/s
Read 108
Write 112
Mixed 67.3
SusWrite 101
71% 97.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1
172% 1.13 MB/s
326GB free
Firmware: CC46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 99 96 95 98 96 MB/s
Read 107
Write 104
Mixed 63.7
SusWrite 96.4
68% 92.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.97 MB/s
166GB free
Firmware: CC37
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 100 100 100 100 100 MB/s
Read 85.8
Write 83.3
Mixed 57
SusWrite 99.5
60% 81.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 1
170% 1.1 MB/s
13GB free
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 61 63 61 59 61 62 MB/s
Read 70.5
Write 63.1
Mixed 47.6
SusWrite 61.2
45% 60.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1.03 MB/s
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Typical Barracuda 7200.12 500GB Builds (Compare 16,837 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $315

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Excellent

3 years ago.

It lasted me 10 years, going strong until it died, which was about 5 days ago. It was very well built, and dealt with everything I threw at it perfectly. Would recommend even though it is a bit obsolete.


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