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So long as hard drive makers continue to push the envelope with smaller form factors, there's no need to go tearing up a perfectly good pair of jeans with a bulky external hard drive. Enter Seagate, which today announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable drive. This 2.5-inch HDD comes in a shell that's just 9mm thick, which is just barely more than an iPad 2 and skinnier than an iPhone 4.
"The continued growth of personal digital media stores, our increasingly mobile lifestyles and the continued proliferation of mobile devices are driving the demand for slimmer, more portable storage solutions," said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of Retail at Seagate. "Netbooks and slim laptops are great for consuming media, but are limited when it comes to creating and storing high-definition films and photos. With the benefit of using Seagate’s Momentus Thin drive, the 9mm GoFlex® Slim ultra-portable hard drive breaks through these boundaries—delivering a beautiful, ultra-slim, lightweight storage solution to complement existing mobile computing devices so they can enjoy even more of the content they love, anywhere they want."
At 9mm, the new GoFlex Slim is 38 percent leaner than its predecessor. Inside the ultra thin frame is a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive accessible via the drive's USB 3.0 interface. It also comes with backup software with support for automatic and continuous backups and encryption.
The GoFlex Slim is available now for $100 and works with both PCs and Macs. Seagate says it will also be shipping a version for use specifically with Mac OS X (HFS+ formatted otu of the box, making it compatible with Apple Time Machine).