Seagate Unveils Thinnest 500GB External Hard Drive

 

The hype machine is on full bore with the announcement of Seagate's Seven portable drive. Layering one of the firm's 5mm-thick laptop drives in 2mm of additional stainless steel, the drives store 500GB of data and are very thin. Seagate emphasizes the marriage of 35+ year old storage tech with modern manufacturing methods in its marketing literature for the Seven.

 

 

The “elegant yet rugged” steel case resembles a bare disk drive, as you may have noticed. Per usual for external 2.5” drives, the Seven is bus-powered through its USB cable, and it's a “stylish, premium braided” cable that you'll find in the box. The cable plugs into a standard Micro-B USB 3.0 connector, and the blue activity LED sits at the bottom-left corner of the top cover.

Seagate's 2.5” Laptop Ultrathin HDD likely runs the show, with its single platter at 5400 RPM, 16MB of cache, and data rates of around 100MB/s, which aren't bad for a laptop-class drive.

 

 

Being a premium product, the Seagate Seven is more expensive than its less interesting counterparts at the same capacity, with an MSRP of $99 USD. It's currently up for pre-ordering and due to ship on the 16th. Just so you know, forty or so bones less will get you a thicker, less cool-looking, but still very usable 500GB portable drive.

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