Seagate to start shipping its thinnest hard drive yet

Seagate to start shipping its thinnest hard drive yet

Summary: Targeted towards tablets and Ultrabooks, Seagate's latest hard drive is described to be as thin as "four stacked credit cards."


Seagate is gearing up to ship its thinnest hard drive yet, measuring in at 5mm thin.


The Laptop Ultrathin HDD is designed to be integrated into ultra-thin, lightweight mobile computing devices and tablets while promising high-capacity storage at an affordable price.

Seagate is aiming to frame the Laptop Ultrathin HDD as an affordable alternative to solid state drives by also touting the potential for longer battery life and support for more attachable storage solutions.

The drive is designed to take up 25 percent less space than its previous generation 7mm counterpart.

To think of it another way, Seagate described the 3.3-ounce HDD as thin as "four stacked credit cards and lighter than a deck of cards."

With 500GB of storage on tap, the new Seagate hard drive should be able to hold approximately 100,000 photos, 125,000 songs or 62 hours of high-definition video. For more sensitive and business-related use cases, SED encryption is available.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is hoping to keep its OEM partners happy by still offering an industry standard SATA connector and a 6GB/s SATA interface for fast data transfer rates-- not to mention a price tag of $89 per unit.

Two of those OEM partners already lined up are Dell and Lenovo -- the latter of which is crucial as the Chinese PC maker continues to dominate the (albeit flailing) global PC market.

Images via Seagate

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Storage, Tablets, PCs

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  • Nice

    This will make Western Digital want to cry after their similar model which does require a special connector, this will be a deal breaker when compared to Seagate's new offer.
    • WD's been dropping the ball lately.

      I hope that they survive.

      We wouldn't want Seagate to have a monopoly, after all.
      • Or Seagate to be the only player in the business...

        I still won't buy a Seagate drive if I can avoid it after losing 4 of them within a year of purchase.
        • Uuh..

          Seagate and Western Digital are one and the same company, no monopoly problem there! ;\
  • Fusion Drive possibilities...

    I'd like to see Other World Computing come up with a solution to integrate this thin firm factor drive with some sort of Flash Memory, or SSD. Lately, I've been using their current solutions to enable installing a Fusion Drive for certain model Mac mini's, Mac Laptops, and Mac Pro. For a Fusion Drive, you need one hard drive and one SSD/Flash Memory Drive. To upgrade a laptop, I use OWC's Data Doubler, which allows me to install a second drive where the optical drive resides. No big deal since OWC sells a USB powered external enclosure to put the optical drive into. It'd be nice though to take the thin form factor of this new hard drive and stack it with an SSD, thus not sacrificing the optical drive.
    • Uhm, Look Around?

      Seagate had their Momentus XT drive available over two years ago, which does Fusion Drive stuff at the block level, while still keeping your data intact by writing to both the flash module and the spinning platter.

      Corsair and Crucial have both offered SSD Cache drives that run on a piece of software called Dataplex, which again does SSD caching at the block level, and have done so for over a year now. I had less luck with Sandisk's ExpressCache, but it's also an available alternative. These do admittedly require a second hard drive slot at this time, but they work extremely well.

      There have been options for the PC crowd since long before Apple "invented" SSD caching, and Seagate has been making them.

      • I believe what he's referring to

        is a solution that isn't a Momentus XT (crash-prone when not using NTFS) that works with Mac OS X natively. There might be a market for it, but I have a OCZ 256 in my MBP and I'll never go with rotational in a laptop ever again - even a hybrid hard drive.