You've Never Seen a Hard Drive Like This Before

January 5, 2016

By RF Staff

While most of us are huffing on the treadmill trying valiantly to fulfill our New Year's resolutions, Seagate’s newest portable hard drive can already fit it its skinny clothes–and yours as well.

The company’s new Backup Plus Ultra Slim external drive, introduced at CES, measures in at 9.6mm thick, 50 percent thinner than rival 2TB drives and the world's thinnest, Seagate claims.


The drive includes Seagate Dashboard software for backing up your laptop or desktop. It also includes 200GB worth of free storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud for two years.

It will come in either a golden or platinum metal finish. Prices haven’t been finalized but the drives are said to ship in the first quarter.


Seagate-owned Lacie made its own CES introduction, albeit it one with a bit more girth.

The new Lacie Chrome desktop storage device features a pair of 500GB SSD drives configured in RAID 0. Together, the drives and USB 3.1 connection can deliver transfer speeds up to 940MB/s or, as Lacie put it, the ability to ingest two hours of 4K GoPro footage in just over a minute.

The Chrome uses the new USB-C connection (learn about USB-C and what it means for photographers here)  and includes a standard USB 3.0 (Type-A) adapter cable if you don’t have the newest USB hardware.

The Chrome enclosure is built from solid chromed zinc and is hand assembled, then chromed to a mirror polish.

The 1TB drive will retail for $1,100 and ships this quarter.


LaCie also unveiled a new line of Porsche Designed drives with the new USB-C connector (and an included Type-A connector cable). The drives will be sold in both mobile and desktop varieties and feature all-aluminum enclosures that’s scratch resistant and dissipates heat.

When the drives are connected to a power supply, they’ll be able to charge any connected laptop over USB, allowing users to both charge their computer and access the drive’s contents simultaneously.

The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities starting at $110. The LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive comes in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB capacities starting at $210. The drives will be available starting in March.