Seagate has unveiled its latest external hard drive in the form of the GoFlex Slim, purportedly the slimmest of its kind.

It comes in at 9mm slim – that's 0.2mm thicker than an iPad 2 and roughly about the width of a pencil, apparently.

But within that slinky frame, the GoFlex Slim packs in a 7200RPM drive, USB 3.0 ports for super-fast file transfer and 320GB of storage space.

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The hard drive will also come bundled with back-up software for automatic and continuous back-ups, and file and folder encryption. Safety first!

Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the Seagate GoFlex Slim comes with a price tag of around £80.

Given that they perform an essential chore, it's really a shame that external hard drives don't exactly light a fire of passion in our souls – even a super slinky dinky little one like the GoFlex Slim.