Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

Overall Score

We found it slightly hard to come up with a conclusion on the 7200.12 1TB drive.  We were slightly disappointed because we were hoping the flagship model of the 7200.12 series would have improved seek time over the 500GB 410AS model and the previous generation.  However, this drive posts impressive numbers in sustained read, power consumption and temps.

The 7200.12 series is a great evolutionary step forward for the Barracuda line-up.  The previous generation had a firmware issue that was reported so much it’s still affecting consumer confidence (though we have been running 7200.11 1.5TBs in many rigs with 0 issues ourselves, so we still have no qualms about recommending it).  So, even though the 7200.12 series doesn’t completely destroy the 7200.11 series in terms of performance it’s still leaving behind the “baggage” associated with the 7200.11 series.

According to Seagate, typically 70 percent or more of the materials used to make these drives are recycled (source).  That, coupled with the GB per watt ratio on these drives is enough to put a smile on the face of any environmentally responsible individual.

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