updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue November 2, 2010
G-Tech unveils G-Drive Slim as MacBook Air partner
Hitachi's G-Technology badge today unveiled what it believes is the world's thinnest external hard drive, the G-Drive Slim. The portable storage uses the already very thin Travelstar Z5K320 320GB drive to make an enclosure that's just 9.9mm (0.39in) tall and weighs just five ounces, making it easier to carry than most alternatives. G-Technology conceives of it as an ideal companion drive for a MacBook Air and gives it an aluminum shell that fits in with the look of most Macs.
The design is pitched as more than cosmetic. The drive itself is shock-protected, and the aluminum shell acts as a passive heat sink that keeps it cool without having to use active cooling. It comes powered entirely off of the USB 2.0 port and is already pre-formatted for Macs.
Just the one capacity is available for the Slim, which costs $100. Sales start today both online and at Apple's retail stores.