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Seagate Unveils World's Thinnest 2TB External Drive

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Seagate has updated its Backup Plus Slim external drive portfolio.

This week during CES 2014, Seagate introduced the second generation of its Backup Plus Slim line of external storage devices. These drives have a slender, elegant design and arrives with scratch and fingerprint-resistant metal-top cases in four different colors: black, silver, blue and red. The form factor is only 12.1 mm thin.

According to Seagate, the drives connect via a USB 3.0 port and do not need an external power supply (aka bus powered). The capacities range from 500 GB to 4 TB for the slim models, and 2 TB to 4 TB for the larger 3.5-inch models.

"We are all creating content, whether that be photos from our last activity, video of a baby's first steps or a proposal for your next project," said Scott Horn, vice president of global marketing for Seagate. "All of these files hold a special place of importance and Seagate is in the business of providing products that can store those valuable files."

These drives come bundled with Seagate Dashboard software, which reportedly made the first generation of Seagate Backup Plus drives so popular. This solution provides one-click backup, and means to schedule backups as well. The software will even backup Facebook and Flikr files in easy-to-find folders offline.

New to this line of hard drives is a mobile backup app for iOS and Android called Seagate Mobile Backup. This allows mobile device owners to easily backup their videos and pictures to that specific drive or a cloud service like Dropbox and Google Drive. While on the local network, users can even send those files directly to the drive.

The Seagate Backup Plus storage is available now from Amazon and Seagate for $99.99 (500 GB), $119.99 (1 TB), $179.99 (2 TB) and $299.99 (4 TB). For the 3.5-inch models, these sell for $129.99 (2 TB), $159.99 (3 TB) and $229.99 (4 TB).

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    rohitbaran , January 10, 2014 11:51 AM
    Good product, but too pricey for a HDD, especially the 500GB and 1TB versions.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 10, 2014 5:33 PM
    If you remove the cover, will it fit in the Next-gen consoles?
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    ralanahm , January 10, 2014 6:58 PM
    I had a similar drive a few ago when the fist 1tb came out and it had no sata connection that part of the drive went strait to usb3.
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    danwat1234 , January 10, 2014 10:19 PM
    So it has 4 platters and is internally a 12.5mm thick drive? Makes sense since drive manufactures has added 1 platter to every thickness form factor (2 platter=7mm, 3 platter =9.5mm, 4 platter12.5mm. I wonder if they'll release an internal version, hopefully as a hybrid drive with 16GB of cache so it can be used as a system drive.
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    anonymous_user , January 11, 2014 10:32 AM
    So they now have 4TB laptop (portable) drives? Do they sell the internal drive standalone?
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    10tacle , January 11, 2014 10:47 AM
    This won't be the end of Target/Supertarget. They have great merchandise and some excellent sales. They are a step above Wal Mart/Super Wal Mart. Their stores are cleaner (notice the shiny floors in Target vs. dull and dirty floors at Wally World) and more organized and tidy (Wally World shelves and merchandise presentation look like a rummage sale). With that said, I will not be shopping there again until full confidence is restored in their security. I missed this hack by just three days (IF the starting date of 11/27 is accurate even).
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    10tacle , January 11, 2014 10:51 AM
    Whoops how did my Target post wind up here? The website timed out when making a post on this Seagate drive and this posted instead?? WTH? Anyway I just purchased a 2TB Seagate Backup Plus 3.0 and would not pay double for the convenience of no power brick and a slimmer design. This design is essentially for portable purposes.
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    firefoxx04 , January 11, 2014 12:30 PM
    Its not that much smaller than my WD but its over twice the price. I prefer seagate personally but damn.
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    hitman40 , January 11, 2014 6:19 PM
    @10tacle, uh, any external HDD is designed for portability. That is why it is external. You expand your desktop's HDD by adding more internal drives, and if you are talking about using an external with an HDD, well then this design is for My friend nearly shot himself after he kept having to plug in his HDD at our school.
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    hitman40 , January 11, 2014 6:19 PM
    external with laptop*
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    10tacle , January 12, 2014 12:40 PM
    @Hitman - uhhh, not everyone wants several HDDs in their PCs, especially those who high overclock like me on air where internal case temps (and airflow) are crucial. Further, the larger capacity external hard drives that use power bricks are not, by definition "portable." They were never intended to be.