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Seagate GoFlex Slim Is World's Thinnest HDD

David Gilbert


Seagate GoFlex Slim Is World's Thinnest HDD

Portability is something that is becoming increasingly important in the storage world and as such, Seagate has launched an external hard drive that is just 9mm thick.

The svelte GoFlex Slim is a USB 3.0 compatible 320GB HDD which is as thin as a No.2 pencil or just thicker that the iPad 2. The black anodized finish adds damage protection as well as good looks according to the manufacturer and inside is a 2.5in 7,200 RPM drive. The device is powered via USB, and USB 3.0 compatibility will bring with it up to 10x the transfer speeds of USB 2.0, which is also supported. The GoFlex Slim is compatible with both Macs and PCs, without the need for formatting if you switch between one system and the other. Measuring 124 x 78 x 9mm and weighing just 160g, the Slim certainly lives up to its name in terms if size.

The GoFlex Slim will come with Seagate’s back-up software including powerful encryption technology, making it easier to synchronise between different computers and letting you restore previous file versions from back-up easily. The Seagate Dashboard management tool also comes bundled with the drive to make it easier to use the GoFlex Slim. A three year warranty is also included to give you even more peace of mind.

We’re awaiting confirmation of pricing and release dates in the UK from Seagate but the GoFlex Slim is expected to retail at £79.99. While Plextor recently announced the similarily-slim 500GB PX-PH500U3 costing £90, you can now get Seagate's own 1TB FreeAgent GoFlex HDD for just £59.99 - though it is a lot less portable. With external SSD's still very expensive in comparison, these ultra-slim HDDs may have a market considering their portability and relative low price.

Source: Seagate


April 5, 2011, 8:55 pm

>> The GoFlex Slim is compatible with both Macs and PCs, without the need for formatting if you switch between one system and the other.

WOW, you mean it's pre-formatted as FAT32. :)


April 5, 2011, 9:45 pm

@Keith - lol


April 5, 2011, 10:20 pm

@Keith :) Which conveniently limits you to files less than 4GB!

I just bought the LaCie Rikiki Portable 500GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive USB 3.0 for £58, it's a tiny bit larger in dimensions. I very much recommend it too, it's a great little drive that came with 11GB of free online storage with Wuala. USB3 speeds on my desktop and Dell L502x are between 60-90MB/s, I would like to see what difference in speed a 7200 rpm drive makes.


April 5, 2011, 10:49 pm

LOL. I expected to see something as thin as a leaf. This is perhaps 2mm thinner than other portable drives. Not that thin.


April 6, 2011, 4:01 am

Well, another nail in the coffin of the optical discs like "First Rewritable Blu-ray XL Disc Shipping This Month".

Why not fit these or the ITB Samsung mino in tvs for time-shift/tivo viewing.

I can see the likes of Samsung, Sony and Pani et al's conflict of interests reasons for dragging their feet on doing the aforesaid. However, Toshiba has an opportunity of REVENGE on the obsolescence of Blue Ray.

I think I'll drop an e-mail or two to Tosh-EU and Tosh-Japan. After all "Toshiba First With 64GB SDXC Card" - wrote some chirpy chappy called Gordon Kelly on 5th Aug 2009. I wonder how's he doing these days, now that he is no longer a technology journalist? ;-)

Hey, @darkspark88 well the standard for SDXC cards allows for 2TB at 300mbs in an SD card form factor. { http://www.reghardware.com/... }


April 6, 2011, 4:16 am

"SD 4.0 cards will have ten pins, one of which will handle the serialised data stream that runs at 300MB/s. The remainder will operate in parallel to deliver backwards compatibility. The size and shape of the card will not change."

So to jump to 300MB/s all that is required is one pin!!! { http://www.reghardware.com/... } Is it any wonder we haven't landed man on Mars. more to the point the Japanese haven't put a Japanese Astronaut into space THEMSELVES instead of hitching a ride.


April 6, 2011, 2:04 pm

@lifethroughalens: Well you could go NTFS, but I believe it's not native to Mac OS, also be careful if you format removable storage as NTFS, FAT is usually OK if you just unplug, but with NTFS there is a good chance of corruption. Saying that you should really go the Eject media route even for FAT anyway.


April 6, 2011, 9:07 pm

@Enigma - Wow. Now that is impressive.

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