Seagate ST500LM012 500GB Hard Disk Drive
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Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus 500GB 5.4K RPM Hard Drive 8MB Refurbished

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ST500LM012 Momentus 500 Gigabyte(GB) 5400 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) 8MB Buffer Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) 2.5 Inches Notebook Hard Disk Drive | Made by Seagate | Refurbished
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The Seagate Momentus ST500LM012 is a hard disk drive (HDD) designed for use in notebook computers. It has a storage capacity of 500GB and a spindle speed of 5400 RPM (revolutions per minute). The buffer size of the drive is 8 megabytes (MB). It is a 2.5-inch form factor drive and uses the SATA III (6 Gbps) interface. It features low power consumption and provides cool and quiet operation. It is a discontinued product and is not being manufactured by Seagate anymore.

In terms of performance, due to its 5400 RPM, it may not be the best pick for a heavy multitasking or gaming laptop, and It's not as fast as newer technology solid-state drive (SSD), but it is still a decent hard drive that can provide ample storage space for typical notebook users who want to store music, videos, and documents.

In today's digital age, data storage is a crucial aspect of our daily lives. Whether you are a student, professional, or just an average computer user, you rely on hard disk drives (HDDs) to store your data, documents, photos, videos, and more. Seagate, a well-known brand in the world of data storage, offers a wide range of hard drives to cater to various needs. One of their popular products is the Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus, a 500 Gigabyte (GB) 5400 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) 8MB Buffer Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) 2.5 Inches Notebook Hard Disk Drive. In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the details of this HDD, exploring its features, performance, compatibility, and much more.

Understanding the Seagate Hard Disk DriveCapacity - 500 Gigabyte (GB)

The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus offers a substantial storage capacity of 500 GB. This means you can store a vast amount of data, ranging from documents, music, photos, and videos. The 500 GB capacity is suitable for a variety of applications, including everyday personal use, work-related tasks, and entertainment purposes.

Speed - 5400 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)

The RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) is a critical factor in determining the speed and performance of a hard disk drive. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus operates at 5400 RPM, which is a common speed for laptop hard drives. This rotational speed enables reasonably fast data access and transfer rates, making it suitable for most everyday computing tasks.

Cache - 8MB Buffer

The buffer, also known as the cache, plays a vital role in improving the overall performance of an HDD. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is equipped with an 8MB buffer. This cache helps in storing frequently accessed data, reducing the time it takes to retrieve information and improving the overall responsiveness of the drive.

Interface - Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)

The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus utilizes the Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface. SATA is a widely used interface for connecting storage devices to a computer's motherboard. The SATA interface offers good data transfer speeds and compatibility with a wide range of devices. It is essential to ensure that the hard drive can connect seamlessly to your laptop or other compatible devices.

Form Factor - 2.5 Inches

The form factor of a hard drive refers to its physical size and shape. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus has a 2.5-inch form factor, which is the standard size for laptop hard drives. This compact size ensures that it can easily fit into most laptops without any issues. Additionally, this 2.5-inch form factor makes it a versatile option for use in various applications, including gaming consoles and small form factor desktop computers.


When it comes to data storage, reliability is of utmost importance. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is known for its reliability and durability. Seagate has a reputation for manufacturing hard drives that are built to last, and this product is no exception. It can withstand the rigors of daily use and offers peace of mind when it comes to data storage.

Power Efficiency

Efficiency is a critical factor, especially for laptop users who are concerned about battery life. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is designed to be power-efficient, helping to conserve battery life. This feature is essential for those who use laptops on the go and need their devices to last as long as possible on a single charge.

Noise and Vibration

Noise and vibration can be a concern with some hard drives, especially in quiet environments or when using the drive in a laptop. The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is engineered to minimize noise and vibration, ensuring a quieter and more comfortable user experience.

Efficiency and Dependability

The performance of the Seagate Momentus ST500LM012 500GB 5.4K RPM 8MB buffer notebook hard drive can vary depending on the specific use case and the system in which it is installed. However, it generally provides fast data access times and can read and write data at a relatively high rate compared to other notebook hard drives.

However, it is not as fast as a solid-state drive (SSD) which is a newer technology, but it is much cheaper than SSD. Also, due to its 5400 RPM, it may not be the best pick for heavy multitasking or gaming laptops.

Additionally, the 8MB buffer size of the drive may not provide as much of a performance boost as larger buffer sizes found on other hard drives. However, it is still a decent buffer size for a notebook hard drive.


The Seagate Momentus ST500LM012 is a 2.5-inch hard disk drive with a SATA III (6 Gbps) interface, which means it should be compatible with most modern notebook computers that have a SATA III-compatible interface. The drive is also compatible with most operating systems, including Windows and macOS, as well as Linux.

It is important to note that while the drive should be compatible with most systems, it is always a good idea to check the system's documentation to ensure compatibility before installing the drive. Also, some older computers may not have the SATA III interface, so it would be better to check the interface available on the computer before installing the drive.

It is also important to note that this is a discontinued product, you may still be able to find it on some online retailers or second-hand markets, but it may not have warranty or support. It's better to check the seller's or the supplier's authenticity before buying it.

General Information about this Seagate ST500LM012
  • Manufacturer: Seagate
  • Model Number or SKU# ST500LM012
  • Type: Hard Disk Drive
  • Sub-Type: Notebook Drive
  • Product Line: Spinpoint
  • Product Series: M8
Technical Information of 500GB Hard Disk Drive
  • Storage Capacity: 500 GB
  • Platform Supported: PC
  • Features: S.M.A.R.T
Drive Performance for Notebook Drive
  • Maximum External Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBPS (2.3 GBPS)
  • Maximum Internal Data Transfer Rate: 145 MBPS (1.1 GBPS)
  • Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
  • Buffer: 8 MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12 MS
  • Average Latency: 5.60 MS
  • Drive Interface: SATA
  • Drive Interface Standard: SATA/300

In summary, if you are in the market for a reliable, well-performing HDD with 500GB of storage, the Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is a solid choice. It strikes a balance between performance, capacity, and affordability, making it a practical solution for various storage needs.

The Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus is a reliable and well-rounded HDD that offers decent performance, ample storage, and compatibility with various devices. It's a suitable option for users who want to upgrade their laptop storage or those looking for a cost-effective storage solution for their gaming console or compact desktop computer.

While it may not match the blazing speeds of solid-state drives, the Seagate ST500LM012 Momentus provides a noticeable improvement in performance compared to older, slower HDDs. It excels in reducing boot-up times, enhancing application loading, and supporting multitasking. Its low noise and vibration levels make it a pleasant addition to laptops and other devices.

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