Storage specialist Seagate has announced what it claims is the thinnest portable hard drive in the world, offering 500GB of spinning-rust storage in a 7mm thickness.
Designed to compete with the increasing capacity of portable solid-state storage devices, the Seagate Sevenᵐᵐ - from here referred to simply as the Seagate Seven for legibility purposes and in deference to those whose systems don't deal with Unicode very well - packs a slimline sub-7mm mechanical drive into a housing barely any larger. The external drive's overall dimensions are given as 122.5mm in length, 82mm in width and 7mm in width - making it, somehow, thinner than Samsung's recently-announced flash-based Portable SSD T1
, albeit with a larger footprint.
Launching in a 500GB capacity, the Seagate Seven includes a USB 3.0 cable and derives its power from the USB bus - meaning single-cable usage. Its enclosure is constructed from steel, the bundled 46cm cable sleeved in braided nylon, and the drive comes with a copy of Seagate's Dashboard software pre-installed with Windows XP SP3 and higher and OS X 10.6 or higher compatibility.
Pricing for the drive, which is due to launch in the US in late January with international availability to follow, has yet to be confirmed - as has the warranty period, which is claimed to be either two-year or three-year depending on which of Seagate's various pieces of documentation you believe. More details are available on the official website