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G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive

B&H # GTGD42000 Mfr # 0G00203
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Product Highlights
  • eSATA
  • FireWire-800
  • FireWire-400
  • USB 2.0

The 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive from G-Technology is a high-capacity external hard drive. It features a 7200rpm rotation speed and an interface that allows it to be connected via eSATA, FireWire-800, or USB 2.0. It can connect via FireWire-400 using the included FireWire-800 to FireWire-400 cable.

The drive is housed in a durable external casing that features a unique fan-less cooling system for quiet operation. The drive's stunning industrial design ensures that it will look right at home sitting on top of your Mac Pro. It is capable of sustained data transfer rates of 33MB/sec using USB 2.0; 61MB/sec using FireWire-800; 38MB/sec using FireWire-400; and 85MB/sec using eSATA, making it an excellent solution for video editing, high resolution imaging, data backup, or general storage.

Can store approximately 150 hours of DV digital video, 425 4.7GB DVD video discs, or 500,000 MP3 files
Connects via eSATA, USB 2.0, or FireWire-800
Fan-less cooling system for near-silent operation
Connects to FireWire-400 systems using included adapter cable
Stunning industrial design
Includes all cables
Compatible with Mac and Windows systems
Compatible with OS X Time Machine
Performance
Capacity 2TB
Interface 1x eSATA
1x USB 2.0 (mini-B)
2x 9-Pin FireWire-800
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer ≤ 32MB
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate eSATA: 85MB/sec
USB 2.0: 33MB/sec
FireWire-400: 38MB/sec
FireWire-800: 61MB/sec
System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Mac OS X 10.5 or later
eSATA, FireWire, or USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC
Environmental Requirements None
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 1.8 x 9.25" (13 x 4.6 x 23.5cm)
Weight 2.6 lb (1.2kg)
G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive
  • 9-Pin to 9-Pin FireWire-800 Cable
  • 9-Pin to 6-Pin FireWire-800 to FireWire-400 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • eSATA Cable
  • Universal Power Supply
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    G-Technology2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 228 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (161)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (194)
    • Large capacity / good size (193)
    • Easy to use (192)
    • Attractive (178)
    • Quiet (124)

    Cons

    • Noisy (21)
    • Unreliable (6)
    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (164)
    • Additional storage (152)
    • Video (150)
    • Photo storage (128)
    • File transfer (89)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (194), Casual user (26)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (147), Personal (72)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (151), PC (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Practical Review of the 2TB G-Drive

    To all of you shopping for an external hard drive, look no further. Let me do your leg work for you. I've just read between 200-300 reviews, studied benchmark tests, and...Read complete review

    To all of you shopping for an external hard drive, look no further. Let me do your leg work for you. I've just read between 200-300 reviews, studied benchmark tests, and spent way too much time researching what should've been available to me through one good review and I'd like to do that for you now.
    Bottomline up front, the G-drive is worth the money but like anything else comes with its own issues.
    First of all, ALL HDDs fail. It's just a fact we have to face until we all have SSDs in our workspaces. It's only a matter of time and volume of use before one fails, doesn't wake up, or starts making clunking noises. Period. No arguments accepted.
    So let's get on to more important questions such as how long is it going to last? What is the performance like compared to similar models? What is the audible influence on the workspace? These are realistic questions we need to be asking ourselves.
    Longevity: The Hitachi brand has earned a solid name for itself (relatively speaking) over the last several years. According to IT pros, several years ago they weren't doing so well. But this isn't the case today and simply judging by the lower number of negative reviews of G-Tech is atleast a little demostration of this allegation. Go to audio/video sites, they recommend Hitachi. Ask B&H reps, they recommend G-Tech/Hitachi. I could go on.
    Performace: Being a 7200RPM drive clues us in on the immediate perfomance gain over most other (slower) drives on the market. But, if you need results of comparisons conducted on similar speed models you'll find benchmark tests indicating the G-Drive to be at or near the front of the pack in most tests available online. Of course, these differences are minute and most of us probably won't notice the difference between any 7200 RPM quality hard drive running eSATA or FW800.
    Noise: As many of you may have heard, there is a pronounced noise disadvantage with this hard drive. It's not that it's a freight train by any means, but there is a slight high-pitched whine that comes out of this thing which can be heard up to about 4 feet away. I've remedied this by placing the unit on the floor on top of some carpet facing away from me. If it's not painfully clear, I'm not a fan of noise near my workstation.

    Altogether, the noise and related vibration isn't bad enough (for most of us) to settle for a lesser drive. If you can locate the drive away from the immediate desk area or work space, it should be quiet enough to be used in any capacity. Some folks may not even notice the noise. I recommend the drive if you are looking for a longer lasting, higher-than-average performing drive at somewhat of a price premium. I really hope this helps. This info cost me about 40 hours worth of research!

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    Noisey drive for being fanless

    I have to agree with the other reviews that this drive is loud. For being a fan-less design, it's rather shocking. Because of how loud it is I've knocked it down a couple...Read complete review

    I have to agree with the other reviews that this drive is loud. For being a fan-less design, it's rather shocking. Because of how loud it is I've knocked it down a couple of stars. Anyone wanting to use this as part of a media server solution will be greatly disappointed in this product.

    The wall-wart is smaller than the past models, but could consume multiple spots on a power strip.

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    5.0

    Need Speed and Portability? G-Drive!

    By JC the video guy

    from Gallatin, TN

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

      I'm a Final Cut editor. MacPro tower with eSATA. When a client has an episode for me to cut, I have B&H drop-ship a G-Drive to them, they fill it up with the show elements and FedEx it back to me. I can edit right on it. I have a dual "naked" HD dock where I back-up the day's edits each night then start back on the G-Drive next day. All my render folders are only on the one drive. When I'm done, I FedEx it to the client, (also FCP 7 w/ eSATA) where they put the finishing touches and master the segment. Never a glitch nor a problem. (knock on titanium!)

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      so far so good

      By John

      from New Orleans

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • High Capacity

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • File Transfer
        • Photo Storage
        • Video

        Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

        used for primary picture, video and music storage. I read the reviews concerned about the amount of light from the indicator and it is brighter than most, and white. No big deal though.
        Also, there were complaints about the amount of noise it makes. That has not been my experience at all. I can hear it, but it is no louder that my other externals--LaCie, Maxtor, WD
        Overall so far pleased, but only used for less than a month. Gets a lot of use though

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great product for the money

        By Len

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

          I have a stack of these drives running in a RAID 10 configuration hanging off of a circa-2009 Mac Mini. I purchased this particular unit just in case there is a failure of one of the existing 6 drives. Fingers crossed, no failures in 2+ years despite heavy use and bad odds considering the number of drives in use. There is obviously newer, faster technology, but as long as the majority keep running I will stick with this model.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Strong piece of tech

          By Sound heavy professional

          from Hollywood, CA

          About Me Power user

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                I've had it so far for a month, and it works like a beast. Very happy so far, but waiting a little bit longer until I can officially say its a great product.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                GREAT deal on an always reliable product

                By BoyWithStick

                from Randolph NJ

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                  use it for film files and editing. Was surprised to see it at such a good price on sale and snapped it up because these have always been reliable, fast and the best for what we use it for.

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great Drive

                  By Andrew

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • File Transfer

                  Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                  Great product, easy and simple to use. Not as fast at the USB-3 versions, but half the pirce! We use these to transfer giant video files to clients. Would certainly buy again.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Dependable

                  By getnfocus

                  from Lakeland, FL

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                    I use these drives all the time in an edit suite that get's lots of use. The drives are dependable and are ready to go out of the box.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Satisfied Customer

                    By Sara the Filmmaker

                    from New York, NY

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup

                      Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                      I have bought the 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive by G-Technology several times to provide deliverables on film and it hasn't let me down once.
                      Good, reliable, and trustworthy.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic product!

                      By Modern Life Photo

                      from Bucks county, pa

                      Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                      Performs flawlessly and easy to use. We've used G-drives for years with absolutely no issues. Would highly recommend.

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                      5.0

                      g drive great product

                      By ray

                      from tn

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                        u rock great fast service! will buy again

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Photo Storage

                        By GaryWyo

                        from Denver, Colorado

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                          Needed a storage unit for my RAW pictures and found it with my G-Drive.
                          Extremely easy to use.
                          It has an on/off button.
                          Plenty of capacity....2TB

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Super quiet and reliable

                          By steve

                          from Columbia, MO

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • Video

                            Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                            The nice thing about G-Tech is that their drives have never failed on me. I have some that are 3 plus years old. Some other major brands I can't say the same about. Plus, this one is compact and quiet.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            So Far, So Good

                            By BradCommLLC

                            from Carmel, IN (Indianapolis)

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                I use this drive as a media drive, and it seems to be up to the task. It hasn't failed to play HD video and never fails to mount after waking up from a computer sleep.
                                Some reviewers have commented on the noise level, and while it is louder than some, you have to bear in mind that it is an actual spinning drive. It isn't solid-state. It's not terrible... like a Chevy V8 next to your head.
                                The light that stays on when the computer sleeps is a bit annoying, but you use a drive for "utility", not "style-points". Although it is a nice looking drive on the desktop.
                                As of now, I would buy it again.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                Nice addition for laptop editing

                                By WAV Technologies

                                from Greensboro, NC

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                  I like the small form factor and the variety of interfaces thare are on it. Not too noisy and easy enough to make "PC ready" once I got it. Haven't used it long so can't speak to that but so far it's been great.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Plug & Play

                                  By Shannon Brewing

                                  from Keller, TX

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup

                                    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                    I have only had the drive a couple weeks but it was a snap to set up. Some other reviews said the drive was noisy but I think it's quiet.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    4.0

                                    Love it

                                    By TK

                                    from Atlanta

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup
                                      • File Transfer
                                      • Photo Storage
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                      Use it for FCP and it works great!

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      Great for non-linear editing

                                      By Gary

                                      from San Diego, CA

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to use
                                      • High Capacity

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • File Transfer
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                        We use these drives to store and edit HD files. All of our edit bays are equipped with FCP 7 and the Adobe Creative Suite, so we require fast moving drives. The one downside to this particular set-up is that the drive will go to sleep if sitting idle, and takes about 20 seconds to wake-up in FCP.

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                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        Windows Tip

                                        By PhotoMom

                                        from Washington, DC

                                        Verified Buyer

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                              G-Drives are extremely dependable, and what more could you want? But I wonder how many Windows users get confused about the lack of installation instructions. Be sure to note the fine print and follow the link to instructions for formatting the drive. Otherwise it won't be recognized by your PC.

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                                              • PC

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                                              5.0

                                              The Standard

                                              By Bobby D

                                              from Portland, OR

                                              About Me Power user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Easy to use
                                              • High Capacity
                                              • top quality
                                              • Well Built

                                              Cons

                                              • Maybe A Little Noisey I'
                                              • Noisy

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Additional Storage
                                              • Backup
                                              • File Transfer
                                              • Photo Storage
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                              G-Drive is the way to go. I wouldn't buy anything else. I use them professionally, & go threw them quite quickly,. G-drive works and works well!!!!

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • Mac

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                                              5.0

                                              Great external hard drive

                                              By Video Artist

                                              from Columbus Ohio

                                              About Me Casual user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Easy to use
                                              • High Capacity
                                              • Portable
                                              • Quiet

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Additional Storage
                                                • Backup
                                                • File Transfer
                                                • Photo Storage
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-Drive External Hard Drive:

                                                I use this drive as a back up to my more portable external hard drives, also G-Technology. This is a sleek, reliable, and essential piece of equipment for any artist working with digital files.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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