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Friday, February 20, 2009
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

2. Package

Today we test the new Seagate 7200.12 (ST3500418AS) that boasts 500GB of storage and retail for just €52 (including VAT).

As usual, the disc comes inside an antistatic plastic enclosure:

The large sticker includes basic information about the device, typically found in HDDs.

Compared with Seagate's previous series of HDD (7200.11), the height of the new 7200.12 is lower, due to the single platter design of the new drive:

The available connectors include the SATAI/II & the power:


Specifications 500 GB
Model Number ST3500418AS
Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s
Cache 16 MBytes
Capacity 500 GB
Areal density (avg) 329 Gbits/inch2
Guaranteed Sectors 976,773,168
Height (max) 20.17 mm  (0.794 inches)
Width (max) 101.6 mm  (4.000 inches)
Length (max) 146.99 mm  (5.787 inches)
Weight (typical) 415 grams  (0.915 pounds)
Spindle Speed 7,200 rpm
Average latency 4.16 msec
Random read seek time <8.5 msec
Random write seek time <9.5 msec
Annual Failure Rate 0.32%
Maximum start current, DC 2.0 amps

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