Seagate Momentus Goes Slim

Seagate recently announced the release of the Momentus Thin a drive touted as the thinnest 2.5" device on the market.

Designed for mobile devices that fit either the entry level or compact mobile computers, such as the new wave of ultra slim laptops that have been springing up ever since the launch of the Apple MacBook Air. Seagate are also targeting embedding of these new hard disks within other slim consumer electronics devices and high-end notebooks.

Now on the subject of the MacBook Air, experience tells us that if you go thin then you add pounds (pun definitely intended) to the price of the device, however, unlike the Apple device the Seagate Thin hard drive is a low cost alternative to the likes of 1.8" spinning platter hard disk drives and solid state or SSD drives.

So; how thin is thin?

Well, a standard 2.5" drive destined for use in a standard laptop or electronics device is 9.5mm tall - this is a standard form factor and virtually every modern 2.5" drive follows this convention.  In the late 90s early 00s and even more recently with offerings from Fujitsu there have been many drives that are taller - but the Seagate Momentus Thin, at only 7.0 mm, is the first drive that we are aware of that is thinner than the conventional devices.

It does, however, beg the question, how much is 2.5mm actually worth in the modern world? We shall soon see as we await the first wave of devices using the Seagate Momentus Thin.

The new drive will initially be available in two guises:

ST92503010AS - a 250GB unit with 8MB cache, 3Gb/s SATA with NCQ and a 5400 RPM spin speed.

ST91603010AS - a 160GB device with a similar 8MB cache and 5400 RPM spindle speed.

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