Hands-On With The Seagate GoFlex Slim Hard Drive

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You can’t really tell how slim the Seagate GoFlex Slim drive really is until you see it next something like a paperback book or another drive. This wee drive is .354 inches (9mm) thick and about four inches long – about the size of a larger cellphone – and it includes a removable port adapter for USB 2.0/3.0 compatibility and an internal 320GB hard drive running at 7200RPM.

Read/write times were fairly speedy on this one – 25 MB/s write and 30 MB/s read using a simple command-line test in USB 2.0 mode – and this takes into consideration that you need to use Paragon’s NTFS add-on to use the drive in Mac/PC mode (you can easily format the drive into any native format but you risk losing the included backup software (which you probably don’t want to use anyway)).

The drive costs a mere $99 and could be a handy and useful replacement for any number of thumbdrives that litter your bag or briefcase. At less than 30 cents per gigabtye – and as slim as this thing really is – it’s an excellent replacement for small albiet lower-density flash media. Check out a few more pictures below but generally it’s an interesting aesthetic and space-saving move for Seagate.

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