Seagate to Offer World’s First 7mm-thin 2.5″ HDD for Slim Laptops

December 8, 2009, By Radimir Bobev


Seagate are working on an ultra-thin hard drive meant to be used in small netbooks. The disk drive is only seven millimeters thin, and it’s part of Seagate’s Momentus Thin line of hard drives, which should be lined at CES in January. This advancement is quite remarkable, considering the current 2.5″ disks don’t go below 9.5″.

Seagate are reluctant on giving details about the drive yet, but it’s assumed that it will only use a single platter. Currently, dual-platter 2.5″ drives have a limit of 640 GB, which makes 320 GB for one platter. This is roughly the amount we expect to get in the least – but knowing Seagate, they’ll likely actually improve on it by increasing the density.

If the increased density does make its way into this model, it would be logical to expect to see it in double-platter models as well, meaning a general increase in hard drive capacity in Seagate’s drives. And the 7mm design itself speaks of great things to come in the designs of netbooks and ultra-slim portables in the future, and we certainly can’t wait.

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