Seagate outs slimmest external hard drive ever

Hard disk drive and storage company Seagate has announced the launch of its teeniest external drive yet.

At 9mm fat and 2.5 inches wide, the GoFlex Slim is apparently the world’s slimmest portable external hard drive. Roughly the width of a pencil, the drive still manages to cram in 320GB of storage.

Tablets and netbooks are largely seen as secondary PC devices, used mainly for information 'grazing' as a result of their limited on-board storage. Seagate’s new light-weight hard drive offers users of these devices the opportunity to sync files between their computers and the drive in order to conveniently store and transport high definition media files on the go at arounf £80.

In addition to a slick appearance, the GoFlex Slim is equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a plug-and-play USB 3.0 interface to accelerate transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The faster drive speed will allow quick access to large multi media files such as HD movies and games. The portable drive can be used interchangeably between Windows and Mac users without formatting or performance loss whilst the drive’s included backup software provides automatic and continuous backups and encrypts files and folders on the fly.

“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.