The new Laptop Ultrathin HDD from Seagate is really, really thin.(Credit: Dong Ngo/CNET)
As an answer to Western Digital’s WD Blue hard drive, Seagate today announced the Laptop Ultrathin HDD [hard disk drive], the company’s first 5mm hard drive.
Ultrathin and ultralight
The new drive belongs to the thinnest class of standard hard drive to date, some 25 percent more compact than a 7mm internal drive and almost half the thickness of the traditional 9.5-inch drive. The drive is as thin as three credit cards stacked together, and weighs just 3 ounces.
This new level of thickness means the hard drive can be used in more applications, including desktops, laptops, ultrabooks and also future tablets.
The drive has a standard 2.5-inch design with a regular SATA port. This is different from the WD Blue, which uses the new edge card connector. This means the Ultrathin HDD can be used anywhere current 2.5-inch hard drives are used without an adapter or special cable. On top of that it’ll also fit in ultrabooks and mobile devices for a large amount of storage space.
The Ultrathin HDD supports the latest SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard but also works with SATA and SATA 2. The drive supports hardware self-encryption (SED) when used with a supported host. The new drive’s chassis is made of steel, making it a lot more sturdy than other 2.5-inch hard drives that use aluminum cover.
The Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD is available now in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The 500GB version is estimated to cost $89.