Toshiba Claims 500GB Canvio Slim is World's Thinnest Portable Hard Drive

Paul Lilly

Toshiba's new (and somewhat redundantly named) ' Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive ' makes it easier than ever to cram 500GB of data into your pants or shirt pocket. That's because the new Canvio drive is supposedly the world's thinnest portable model. It's just 9 mm thick, which is ever-so-slightly chunkier than a Samsung Galaxy S III (8.6 mm), to give you a point of reference. The drive is also 107 mm long and 75 mm wide, which coverts to 0.35 inches by 4.21 inches by 2.95 inches, if you have an aversion to the metric system.

"As consumer electronics continue to get thinner, lighter and more portable, we recognized a huge demand to create a storage device that is in line with those trends," stated Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development of branded storage products for Toshiba America Information Systems’ digital products division. "With the Canvio Slim, consumers can now easily stash their storage device right along with their Ultrabook, knowing that their data is always safe, even when they’re on the go."

Toshiba's Canvio Slim device is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfers. The drive inside spins at 5400 RPM and has an 8MB cache buffer, along with a 12 ms average seek time. In other words, it's not a screamer, though it should be plenty sufficenty for portable backup and transfer chores.

The drive is avalble now in silver or black for $115 direct from Toshiba and comes pre-loaded with NT Backup Now EZ software.

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