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Which is the Slimmest Hard Disk? Top 5 Ultra Slim USB 3.0 Portable HDD Reviews

Updated on December 30, 2014

Choose the Slimmest Hard Drive

When thinking of portable hard disk, what comes to mind first? Portability. To be portable, a hard disk must be compact and slim. Here is the list of 5 best and slimmest hard drives available in the market.

#1 WD My Passport Edge for Mac

The WD My Passport Edge for Mac is an extra thin external hard drive with a storage capacity of 500GB for all your files. Its 2.5 inch driver unit and a thickness of only 1.1 cm make it the most compact hard drive that you can take along everywhere. USB 3.0 supports blazing-fast file transfer.USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with the USB 2.0 , and it works with Mac without any problems. In addition, the WD My Passport Edge for Mac is specially formatted for Mac, so you can get started immediately.

Pros

  • Ultra slim
  • No power adapter required. Draws power from the USB port.
  • Formatted for immediate use with Mac computers.

Cons

  • For use on Windows computers, the drive must be reformatted.

In the box

  • WD My Passport for Mac 500GB Edge
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Quick Start Guide

WD My Passport Edge for Mac 500GB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage
WD My Passport Edge for Mac 500GB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage

Specifications

 
 
Connectivity
USB 3.0
Driver size
2.5 inch
Capacity
500GB
Compatiblility
Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
Warranty
3 years

#2 WD My Passport Air

The WD My Passport 1TB Air is ultra-thin hard drive. The hard drive is formatted for Mac and has a storage capacity of 500 GB. The drive is only 11 mm thick, full metal and fits perfectly to your MacBook Air. The hard drive features WD security. Your information is encrypted and is protected with a password. With Airplay support, you can create automatic backups of all your essential files.

Pros

  • Ultra-thin
  • Formatted for Mac. Compatible with Apple Time Machine.
  • Password protection with hardware encryption.

Cons

  • For use with Windows, the hard disk must be re formatted.

In the box

  • WD My Passport Air
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • WD Security
  • WD Drive Utilities
  • Manual

WD My Passport Air 1 TB for Mac: Portable, USB 3.0, Ultra-Slim, All Metal Hard Drive
WD My Passport Air 1 TB for Mac: Portable, USB 3.0, Ultra-Slim, All Metal Hard Drive

Specifications

 
 
Connectivity
USB 3.0
Driver size
2.5 inch
Capacity
500GB, 1TB
Compatiblility
Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.6 or later
Warranty
3 years
Weight
0.13 kg

#3 WD My Passport 1TB Ultra Titanium

The WD My Passport 1TB Ultra Titanium is an external hard drive with a storage capacity of 1 TB for all your files. The WD My Passport gets its power from the USB port. Thus, no additional power adapter is needed. USB 3.0 facilitates speedy file transfer. Do not have USB 3.0 on your computer or laptop? No problem, this portable hard drive also works with USB 2.0 . The WD My Passport 1TB Ultra Titanium is formatted for Windows as default.

Pros

  • Easy to carry.
  • Features USB 3.0 for fast file transfer.
  • No power adapter required. Draws power from the USB port.
  • Free backup software (WD SmartWare) included.

Cons

  • Does not have an on / off button.
  • For use on Mac computers, the drive must be reformatted.

In the box

  • USB 3.0 cable
  • WD SmartWare software Pro
  • Case
  • Quick Start Guide

WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Metal External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup
WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Metal External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

Specifications

 
 
Connectivity
USB 3.0
Driver size
2.5 inch
Capacity
1TB, 2TB
Compatiblility
Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
Warranty
3 years

#4 G-Technology G-Drive Mobile Slim

Highlights & details

  • Storage Capacity 500 GB
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Extremely flat - but 1cm high
  • Powered via USB


The extremely slim, lightweight and extremely elegant aluminum design fits very well with Mac products. Formatted for Mac and Time Machine ready. Simply plug it in via USB and voila!

In the box

  • Hard Drive
  • USB cable
  • Quick Guide

G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim USB 3.0 500GB Ultra-Slim Portable Hard Drive for MacBook Air
G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim USB 3.0 500GB Ultra-Slim Portable Hard Drive for MacBook Air

Specifications

 
 
Connectivity
USB 3.0
Driver size
2.5 inch
Capacity
500GB
Compatiblility
Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
Warranty
3 years
Weight
150 g

#5 ADATA Dash Drive Elite HE720

The Dash Drive ™ Elite HE720 external hard drive combines a unique brushed metal case with a Super speed ​​USB 3.0 interface. The housing includes a protective layer and protects your hard drive against normal shocks and scratches, even after prolonged use. It has a storage capacity of 500 GB. The 2.5 inch USB hard drive is equipped with a Micro-USB 3.0 interface.

ADATA USA DashDrive Elite HE720 USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
ADATA USA DashDrive Elite HE720 USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive

Specifications

 
 
Connectivity
USB 3.0
Driver size
2.5 inch
Capacity
500GB
Compatiblility
Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10.6 or later, Linux
Warranty
3 years
Weight
164 g

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