Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

Summary: Freecom has introduced its latest creation, the Mobile Drive Mg, which at 10mm thick is the "thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world."

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Freecom has introduced its latest creation, the Mobile Drive Mg, which at 10mm thick is the "thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world."

With its silvery magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is touted as ideal for Apple MacBook Pro owners. (That push is also helped by the fact that these portable hard drives will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers.)

As for performance, this USB 3.0-powered external HDD boasts transfer speeds up to approximately 130 MB/s, but it is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 interfaces.

According to Engadget, Mobile Drive Mg will go on sale next week at the following pricing scale:

  • $69.95 - 320GB
  • $109.95 - 750GB
  • $119.95 - 750GB model with both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

    Do Macbooks support USB 3.0? I thought Apple is promoting Light Peak. Also, the 10 mm thickness is not really a big achievement. Even as far back as 1.5 years ago, Hong Kong was flooded with portable aluminum Philips hard disk cases that were 10.5 mm thick. I bought one for the equivalent of US$10 and put in a 500 gb WD hard disk. It has not failed me once. However, the Freecom device does look much nicer and is not ripping you off just for the cool fashion (like you know who is doing).
    Benjie Dog
    • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

      @Benjie Dog <br>Interesting. Benjie, could you post any references to what you are talking about? I'd love to see the 10.5mm thick enclosure...how thick are 2.5" laptop drives these days? (SD drive, or was it a 1.8" SD drive you put in there?)

      *edit:
      I checked, it seems as though a regular SATA 2.5" drive is 9.5mm thick...that would mean the case had to be less than 1mm thick in order to fit the drive, is that even possible?
      dlancelot
      • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

        @dlancelot Quite easy to make steel to .5mm or less - look at the i/o cover plate - it can be pretty tough. Add a frame round the edge and you have your thin enclosure.

        But isn't it time for an external SSD at oh... 2mm thick? Might need a bulge for the connector. Oh wait.... I've already seen SSD cards with USB connector built in...
        redking44
  • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

    I take it even though it is made available hrough apple retailers this will still work on windows and *Nix machines?
    KBot
  • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

    Sounds good. Now is is useful for Windows PC also?. I wish that all the facts would be stated, or there would be a link to the technical specs.
    General Ludd
    • RE: Freecom intros world's 'thinnest mobile hard drive'

      @General Ludd
      Here is the link to the specs. It is being sold towards MAC guys, but includes software to re-format to PC format.
      Good luck.
      http://www.freecom.com/objects/00016067.pdf
      corporatelab