Average Bench: 53.8% (263rd 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 BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
466GB free
Firmware: HP34
SusWrite @10s intervals: 129 129 130 129 130 131 MB/s
Read 124
Write 79.4
Mixed 69.7
SusWrite 130
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
179% 1.27 MB/s
465GB free
Firmware: DGW2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 115 115 116 116 115 MB/s
Read 110
Write 113
Mixed 66.3
SusWrite 115
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
164% 1.17 MB/s
171GB free
Firmware: CC44
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 101 105 102 103 105 MB/s
Read 108
Write 110
Mixed 64
SusWrite 103
71% 96.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1
172% 1.13 MB/s
80GB free
Firmware: CC38
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 73 73 72 73 73 MB/s
Read 107
Write 101
Mixed 59.5
SusWrite 72.6
62% 85 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1
172% 1.13 MB/s
119GB free
Firmware: CC46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 101 100 101 101 102 MB/s
Read 73.8
Write 70.1
Mixed 49.9
SusWrite 98.5
54% 73.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 1
174% 1.17 MB/s
19GB free
Firmware: HP35
SusWrite @10s intervals: 72 73 74 64 64 66 MB/s
Read 67.3
Write 63.9
Mixed 46.7
SusWrite 68.9
46% 61.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 1
174% 1.17 MB/s
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop 61%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
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Excellent

5 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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Intel Core i5-13600K $279Nvidia RTX 4060 $300Crucial MX500 250GB $40
Intel Core i5-12400F $134Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $385Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $40SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $43SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
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