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The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS is a Seagate's 500GB model from their Barracuda 7200.12 line-up of 3.5" desktop drives

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quiet operation

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extremely good value

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quite small

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doesn't generate a lot of heat

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fast speeds

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quality isn't as good as the more trusted brands

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The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS is a Seagate's 500GB model from their Barracuda 7200.12 line-up of 3.5" desktop drives. The 7200.12 family boasts significant performance improvements over their previous generation of 7200.11 drives, featuring data transfer rates of up to 3Gb/s. The most significant update in this 12th generation of 7200 drives is increased density, allowing for 500GB of storage in a single platter, which further increases performance.

The Barracuda 7200.12 drives are marketed as highly versatile, suitable for gaming and high-end PCs, as well as mainstream PC use and USB/FireWire/SATA external storage. Seagate also advertises sustainable production methods such as use of 70 percent recycled materials and RoHS directive compliance.

The 500GB model features a 16MB cache (compared to 32MB for the 750GB model and 8MB for the 320GB model), and a high-density structure with a single-disk construction.

Features
  • 3.5" Desktop HDD
  • 500GB Capacity
  • 16MB Cache
  • Up to 160MB/s maximum sustained data rate
  • Up to 3GB/s instantaneous burst
  • Predicted failure rates of 0.34 percent
  • built with 70 percent recycled materials
  • RoHS Certified
  • Perpendicular magnetic recording technology
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