Just like the little black dress in a lady's wardrobe, thin is something that will apparently never go out of style in the realm of consumer electronics. Seagate has long adhered to this idea with thinner and thinner hard drives, and continues in this vein with the launch at CES 2015 of the world's thinnest 500 GB portable HDD, the Seagate Seven.
The titular "Seven" refers to the thickness of the drive, which measures just 7 mm. Although the company has previously released hard drives of the same thickness, including the Momentus Thin and Laptop Ultrathin HDDs, these are bare 2.5-inch drives destined for the insides of computers and other devices.
NEW ATLAS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Upgrade to a Plus subscription today, and read the site without ads.
It's just US$19 a year.UPGRADE NOW
In comparison, the Seagate Seven packs a 500 GB hard drive measuring 5 mm thick inside a stainless steel enclosure with dimensions of 82 x 122.5 x 7 mm (L x H x D) for a total weight of 3.1 oz (90 g). Seagate says these are the minimum dimensions achievable while maintaining the structural integrity and rigidity of the device. It features a USB 3.0 interface and comes with an 18-in (46 cm) braided nylon USB cable, which also supplies power to the device.
The drive will be available in the US by the end of January, with other markets to follow. Pricing is yet to be announced.
Seagate's promo video can be viewed below.