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Seagate unveil Laptop Ultrathin HDD's - just 5mm thick and weigh 3.3 oz

Seagate unveil their new ultrathin 5mm-thick HDDs, destined for slim devices.

@ChrisRamseyer
Published Tue, Jun 4 2013 4:45 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

Computex Taipei 2013 - In a move that surprised no one, Seagate today announced a new ultrathin 5mm HDD for use in slim laptops, ultrabooks and tablet devices.

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The 5mm standard will start off strong this year with large OEMs and ODMs taking advantage of the 25% reduces height compared to 7mm HDDs that were all the rage just one year ago. Shown above, at the top of the pile is the new 5mm, single platter wonder. The drive sits atop 7mm and 9.5mm products.

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With design wins in hand from ASUS and GIGABYTE (shown here), Seagate has this model in production already. The new product supports Seagate Secure Self-Encrypting Drive Features with on-the-fly data encryption that meets TCG Opal protocol.

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The GIGABYTE tablet design shown above required an ultrathin design. Unlike the Western Digital 5mm model that we have on the test bench now, the Seagate 5mm model uses standard SATA power and data connectors.

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To help drive it home Seagate brought out on of their big hitters, Banseng Teh, Senior VP & Managing Director ASUS Pacific & Japan Sales & Marketing.

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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