Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB Review (Page 1 of 10)

By: Jonathan Kwan
December 15, 2017

It spins up fast
And big in storage size
It's called Seagate BarraCuda
For all this data I will plan on storing
Twelve thousand GBs and we go beyond

Store my things, oh hard drive
Oh hard drive
Upgrade this computer
Store like never before
Oh hard drive
I'll upgrade this computer.

It has been a while since I took a shot at hacking a song for the introduction of a review here at APH Networks, so I enlisted little bit of help from Matt Redman to the tune of "10,000 Reasons". My personal favorite is still the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Meka G-Unit, haha. That aside, a medium sized, brown corrugated cardboard box containing our Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB was sent from the company's American headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA via a local print shop called MJR Print and Fulfillment. Seagate has always shipped to us with MJR Print and Fulfillment. Using UPS Saver, the package landed on our doorstep here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in excellent condition for our review today.

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB traveled along with its corporate cousins, the Seagate IronWolf ST12000VN0007 12TB and Seagate IronWolf Pro ST12000NE0007 12TB, which I will review in the coming weeks. Although the Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB only came in an OEM anti-static bag, there was a ton of bubble wrap inside to keep these OEM packaged drives safe and sound throughout the entire journey. When I say a lot, I really mean a lot. To ensure adequate protection for fragile, mechanical devices like these, they definitely went all the way. To be honest, I have never purchased a hard drive that is not in OEM packaging in the past, so experienced online shoppers will find this a relatively familiar sight.

Keeping this in mind, before we move on, let us take a look at the specifications of the Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB, as obtained from the manufacturer's website:

Standard Model Numbers: ST12000DM0007
Bytes per Sector: 512

Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
SATA Transfer Rates Supported (Gb/s): 6.0/3.0/1.5
Max Sustained Transfer Rate OD (MB/s): 250
Cache, Multisegmented (MB): 256

Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/Unload Cycles: 300,000
Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read, Max: 1 per 10E15
Power-On Hours (per year): 8760
Data Recovery and Rescue Services: Yes
Workload Rate Limit (TB/year): 300
Warranty, Limited (years): 5

Power Management
Startup Power (A): 2
Operating Mode, Typical (W): 7.8
Idle Average (W): 4.83
Standby Mode/Sleep Mode, Typical (W): 0.84/0.8

Temperature (°C)
- Operating (ambient, min): 0
- Operating (drive case, max): 60
- Nonoperating (ambient) –40 to 70
Halogen Free: Yes
RoHS Compliance: Yes

Height (mm/in, max): 26.11/ 1.028
Width (mm/in, max): 101.85/4.01
Depth (mm/in, max): 146.99/5.787
Weight (g/lb, typical): 705/1.554
Carton Unit Quantity: 20
Cartons per Pallet/Cartons per Layer: 40/8

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. Conclusion