Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

Overall Score


Last month we reviewed Seagate’s 7200.12 series 500GB drive (model number ST3500410AS).  While performance wasn’t earth-shattering, we found that it’s an incredibly good value drive.  Today we’re reviewing the 1TB model in the 7200.12 line-up (model number ST31000528AS).

Without further ado, let’s launch in to the photos!

As you might have noticed, these photos look a lot better than the photos in our previous reviews.  There’s a good reason for that!  For this review we decided to seek professional help and had Aaron Courter Photography shoot the photos for us.  Let us know what you think, and if you have any feedback on the photos we will gladly pass it on.

Testing Methodology and Test Setup

All hard drives were tested on the same PC (specs below), running on the same SATA controller.  We get each hard drive new, and take great care to ensure that every step of preparation is exactly the same on each hard drive (that means formatting each drive using the same procedure, same allocation unit size, etc.).  We swap SATA ports / cables and re-test to make sure there are no anomalies in our test setup that could give any drive an unfair test result.

To further ensure that the results of our testing are accurate, we run each test 3 times and take the average of the 3 test runs as our final score.  Our readers take hardware reviews seriously, and so do we.

Test Setup
CPUIntel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ Stock
GPUEVGA GeForce 9800GTX @ Stock
MotherboardGigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P
RAMOCZ Platinum Revision 4GB DDR2 800 @ Stock
CaseCooler Master RC-690
Power SupplyCorsair CMPSU-620HX
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit



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