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That article illustrates the writer's ignorance. The drive is intended to be used in new, thinner laptops, not as a stand-alone device. For a more intelligent article:

Western Digital ships 7mm WD Blue, world's thinnest 1TB hard drive

Those hard drives are used in the WD MyPassport Edge (and Seagate Slim), but with a different connector and it's only a matter of time until they show with enclosures:

There isn't even a difference between those drives and 9.5mm ones, other that they shaved 2.5mm. I wouldn't be surprised if they ship with a 9.5mm adapter like SSDs and don't release a 9.5mm 1TB drive at all (HGST announced a WD Blue-esque 9.5mm 1.5TB drive already).
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