Thin is in -- portable drive-wise
Pencil-thin portable hard drive from Seagate may wow Netbook users

Hard drives continue to shrink with every passing month: Seagate has launched in India its slimmest external hard disk– hardly thicker than a pencil: the GoFlex Slim portable hard drive is  just 9mm thick, a 2.5-inch drive designed to go with thin laptops and netbooks. Frst unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January of this year, a 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive is available for Rs 4500.

Thirty eight 38 percent leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives—fits snugly into a pocket, purse or messenger bag. Equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface to accelerate transfer speeds up to 10x faster than USB2.0, the super-slim drive delivers quick access to large, multi-media files such as HD movies and video games. The GoFlex Slim portable drive also allows for use between Windows and Mac computers, interchangeably, without formatting or performance loss. Additionally, the drive’s included backup software provides automatic and continuous backups and encrypts files and folders.

Says Rajesh Khurana, Country Manager of India and SAARC, 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. 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.”

“Personal libraries of digital content are exceeding the storage capacity available in notebook PCs,” adds John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives. “USB attached HDD storage that is capacious, affordable, lightweight, and in a slim form factor will be appealing to many of these consumers".

May 12 2011