Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB

Overall Score

To test power consumption of these drives we used a clamp meter with 1mA resolution. We tested both the 5v and 12v wires on the SATA power connector at idle and under load. The temps recorded for each drive are the highest temps observed after running HD Tune tests 3 times.

As you can see, the 1.5TB 7200.11 series pulls quite a bit of power at idle. We were glad to see that the 7200.12 series sips power at idle, and it’s neck and neck with the Velociraptor (which is pretty efficient due to the fact that it’s a 2.5″ drive). However, this is to be expected due to the single-platter design. We hope the power consumption stays low as the capacity in this series scales up.

Again, the 1.5TB drive uses more power than the other drives in this line-up. And again, the 7200.12 drive is looking strong.

We were happy to see that the temps on the 7200.12 series are lower than the 7200.11 series drives. While hard drive temps don’t affect failure rate as much as some users may believe, it’s still important for ambient case temps.

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