Seagate 1TB 7200.12 Hard Disk

Written by Harry Butler

April 13, 2009 | 09:05

Tags: #1tb #720012 #benchmark #fast #hard-disk #performance #review #speed #testing

Companies: #seagate

FC-Test Results

Website: FC-Test

Our FC-Test benchmark is split into three parts. First is a write test involving the creation of a file pattern similar to common files such as MP3s or large video files. Once created on the drive, we then copy the file pattern from the drive back to a different folder on the same drive producing a combined read/write test. Finally we test the read speed of the drive by performing FC-Test's read test on the files copied.

For our benchmarks, we're using both the MP3 pattern, consisting of two hundred and seventy small files totalling 0.99GB, and the the ISO pattern, consisting of three large files totalling 1.6GB in size. We feel these file patterns represent the most common files people will be frequently copying to and from an drive, and can be interpreted as as close to a real world file transfer test as possible.

FC Test

Mp3 File Create on Drive

  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
    • 4.8
    • 11.4
    • 12.5
    • 12.8
    • 13.5
    • 14.5
    • 14.5
    • 14.8
    • 14.9
    • 16.9
    • 22.1
    • 27.3
    • 28.3
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Blimey! Despite the Seagate 7200.12 1TB's uninspiring theoretical write and random access time performance it's proved itself a stormer here, writing our 0.99GB of MP3 files in a very nippy 12.5 seconds - a full second faster than the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB and an improvement of over seven percent.

FC Test

Mp3 File copy to Drive

  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
    • 4.70
    • 7.61
    • 7.83
    • 8.46
    • 9.17
    • 9.30
    • 9.30
    • 9.48
    • 10.69
    • 10.90
    • 11.35
    • 18.94
    • 19.35
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Simultaneous read/write wasn't as good though and while faster than the previous generation of Seagate 1TB drives is much slower than the Samsung Spinpoint by a factor of almost two seconds.

FC Test

Mp3 File Read From Drive

  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
  • OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
  • G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD
  • Intel X25-E 32GB SSD
  • Patriot Warp V.2 128GB SSD
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.12
  • G.Skill 128GB SSD
  • Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB
  • Seagate 1TB 7200.11
  • Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11
  • Seagate 250GB 7200.10
  • Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor
    • 2.6
    • 3.4
    • 3.7
    • 4.1
    • 4.6
    • 4.8
    • 5.1
    • 5.2
    • 5.7
    • 6.5
    • 6.6
    • 7.2
    • 7.9
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  • Time (Seconds)

Read performance is awesome though, and the Seagate 7200.12 1TB is only beaten by the 10,000RPM Western Digital Raptor when it comes to mechanical drives. This is the huge areal density of the twin platters at work, giving the Seagate an eight percent advantage over the Samsung.
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