Seagate Ships Pencil-Thin Portable HDD

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-05 Print this article Print

The new 2.5-inch HDD is a mere 9mm in thickness and 3.25 inches-by-5 inches in size. The 320GB version retails for $100.

Everything in IT storage keeps getting smaller, lighter and more capacious, and Seagate's latest portable drive is no exception to this trend.

Seagate on April 5 started shipping its newest GoFlex Slim portable hard drive, a 2.5-inch HDD which is a mere 9mm in thickness and 3.25 inches-by-5 inches in size. The 320GB version retails for $100.

They are so thin that two or three of these could easily slip into a front pocket; the USB 3.0 connector that comes with it now seems oversized.

The GoFlex Slim, originally announced at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January, is roughly the width of a pencil. It features a 7200RPM drive and a USB 3.0 interface that can accelerate transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, Seagate said.

While the faster drive speed takes full advantage of the plug-and-play USB 3.0 interface, it maintains compatibility with older USB 2.0 ports.

The GoFlex Slim portable drive also features interchangeable use between Windows and MacOS computers without formatting or performance loss, Seagate said. The drive comes equipped with backup software for automatic and continuous backups; it also can encrypt files and folders.

Seagate said it will make available in May 2011 a version of the GoFlex Slim specifically for use with Mac OS X devices.

The GoFlex Slim for Mac will be HFS+ formatted to make it compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software. It will maintain the ability to work across both  Windows and Mac OS X computers, Seagate said.

Seagate's GoFlex Slim is literally the width of a standard pencil.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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