Seagate unveils a tiny 500 GB drive for tablets: mucho storage for less

Seagate is addressing the challenges of limited mobile device storage head-on, first with the 1 TB Wireless Plus, now taking the wraps off a 500 GB hard drive built for incorporating into tablets.

The Ultra Mobile HDD is just 5mm thin, which makes it suitable for even the slimmest tablets like the Xperia Z. In that record slender waistline, the company managed to fit the hard drive, and wrap it in a shock-absorbing chassis, complete with motion sensors and thermal monitoring for preventing damages during falls or prolonged usage.

Seagate's Dynamic Data Driver software takes care of the other obstacle before installing regular HDDs in tablets - power consumption. The Ultra Mobile HDD demand when coupled with 8 GB of internal memory is equal to that of a 64 GB flash storage, claims Seagate, and the read/write performance equal to that of 16 GB flash storage, all for a lower cost, and with 7x the larger storage capacity.

Sounds like a winning combination for Windows 8 tablets like the slim and light Sony Vaio Tap 11, for example, whose 64 GB of storage are surely not going to be enough to install serious legacy apps, despite that the system supports them. The Ultra Mobile HDD also weighs just three ounces, so OEMs are bound to take notice of this announcement.

source: Seagate



1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Great! No more charging obnoxious amounts for moving from 16GB to 32GB, etc..

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Oh yeah.. and it will be awesome combining it with hasswel. I just hope the tag price will be enough to replace 64GB/128GB SSD..

3. lekeola

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

innovation, Sony vio tap 11 new edition should come with this. I def buying it

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow this is great, now get rid of those limited 16/32 GBs and enjoy 500 GB. What 500!!!

5. mrturner

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Isn\'t seagate owned by samsung?

6. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Uhh, NO. How can you think of that?

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually, its the other way round, Seagate bought Samsung\'s HDD business

17. mrturner

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Samsung owns 9.6 percent of seagate actually and is the second largest shareholder.

13. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Seagate is a HDD company ~ Please dont make urself messed up with Seagate and Samsung ~ Seagate product quality x10 better than Samsung ~

18. mrturner

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Correction: samsung is the second largest shareholder.

7. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Next Nexus should come with this, since they don\'t have SD card slots! Also the iPhones!

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, anyone who is foolish enough to get an iDevice deserves having limited storage.

9. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Finally, a proper storage capacity... What the point of having a 4K-capable smartphone and no storage capacity for the gigantic video files!

10. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

So tablets needs to be defragmented :-)

11. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

but theyre still gonna charge us an extra 100 bucks for additional 32gb storage........cough cough ( apple)

12. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Tablet makers would be smart to switch to this as internal memory and ditch the flash memory for now

14. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

this means 500 GB of porn on my tablet. Yi!

15. darkmagi83

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Hopefully this works for phablets too. Can\'t wait for when the note uses this.

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