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This version of the 500GB Momentus Thin SATA 3Gb/s 5400 RPM 2.5" Internal Hard Drive - 16MB Cache is a FIPS 140-2 Validated Self-Encrypting Drive. Self-Encrypting Drives with FIPS 140-2 certification are approved by the US and Canadian governments.
Realizing the lack of affordable thin storage for entry-level to mainstream laptops, high-end netbooks and thin ultraportables, Seagate designed a drive that could leverage current laptop drives in both material and product design. This successful initiative resulted in the design of the Seagate Momentus Thin drive, the world’s first 7mm, 2.5" form factor drive. The 7mm drive is a reduced-height platform available with a 16MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s connectivity and 5400 RPM high performance spindle speed.
The 500GB size aligns with the sweet-spot capacity points you are looking for in a fully functional laptop system today. Furthermore, the addition of SmartAlign technology resolves Advanced Format 4K sector 2010 misalignment conditions and preserves performance without time-consuming software utilities—paving the way to a worry-free adoption of the 4K standard. And although the special design requires code and some component changes, it leverages Seagate expertise to deliver a much more affordable solution for thinner laptop computing needs.