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Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)

B&H # GLPG501B500 MFR # PG501B-500
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Product Highlights

  • eSATA
  • FireWire-800
  • USB 2.0
  • 7200rpm

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The PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive from Glyph Technology is a fast, powerful, and compact portable hard drive perfect for media professionals. With dual FireWire-800 ports, a USB port, and an eSATA port, the portable hard drive can connect to a wide variety of devices. The drive supports a bus-powered option, or can be powered using the provided AC adapter. Boasting 500GB of space and running at 7200rpm, the PortaGig is a high-quality hard drive for all your media needs.

Connectivity
The small, portable, PortaGig 50 is housed in an aluminum enclosure and runs quietly with its fanless design. Connected by FireWire-800, USB or eSATA, it reports the drive's health and temperature as a background task using Glyph Manager, notifying you if your drive needs attention. PortaGig 50 has a rear power switch, uses an Oxford 934 chip, and is finished off with a classic Glyph styling and a stainless steel face plate. Designed for field recording, moving audio, video, graphics, and prepress files, it includes a universal power supply and a carrying sleeve.
Speeds and Performance
The PortaGig 50 drive runs at a fast 7200rpm, and uses Seagate SATA II hard disk mechanisms. Seagate drives live up to their reputation for performance, quality, and durability.
Tested and Approved
The PortaGig 50 has been qualified with Digidesign Pro Tools to support over 70 tracks of 24-bit/48k audio, with edits.
The Warranty
The PortaGig includes a 3-Year Limited Warranty, 2-Years of Free Level I Data Recovery, and 1-Year of Free Overnight Advance Replacement
Performance
Capacity 500GB
Interface FireWire-800, USB 2.0, eSATA
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Cache 8MB
Average Seek Time 8ms
Sustained Data Transfer Rate eSATA: 83MB/s Read, 81MB/s Write
FireWire-800: 76MB/s Read, 65MB/s Write
System Requirements Mac OS 8.6, 9.x, or 10.x; Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Vista, or 7; Unix; Linux; BSD
General
Mounting External
Power Requirements Bus-Powered Option (requires two USB ports)
AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
Environmental Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 1 x 3.6" (12.2 x 2.5 x 9.1cm)
Weight 0.5 lb (0.3kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 6.0 x 4.0"
Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • USB Y-Cable
  • Power Supply
  • 3-Year Full Warranty
  • 2-Year Free Basic Data Recovery Policy
  • 1-Year Advance Replacement (US Continental 48 States Only)
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    Glyph Technologies500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)
     
    4.9

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Attractive (11)
    • Quiet (10)
    • Compact (9)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional storage (8)
    • Back-up (8)
    • File transfer (8)
    • Video (5)
    • Photo storage (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (14)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (12)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (8), PC (3)

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    5.0

    So Far, So Good

    By Jon

    from New York, NY

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

      This remarkably compact, quiet, and lightweight portable external drive requires no special installation procedures. I was able to use it right away via FW800 with a MacBook Pro. Also note that it is, subjectively speaking, a very stylish object.

      Given the choice, a desktop drive would always seem to make more sense for video editing. However, in situations in which portability is a necessity, this drive seems sufficient. Final Cut Pro only started quitting unexpectedly when I asked it to composite 13 layers of video; this seems about par for the course. I wouldn't buy a comparable product from a cheaper brand than Glyph.

      Note that I have only had this drive for a few weeks, though I have had particularly good experience with Glyph desktop drives over the past several years.

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

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      4.0

      Glyph Portagig - Great option

      By AG Media

      from NY, NY

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Pricey for 500gbs

      Best Uses

      • Transporting big files

      Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

      Use this for transferring audio
      Recording sessions an video files between studios around NYC.

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

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      5.0

      Great small portable drive

      By yrplace

      from Glendale, ca.

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

          for its size , tough to beat this little portable drive. All the interfaces are there not just USB.

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

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          5.0

          Portagig50-500 great so far!

          By bradp

          from worcester, ma

          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
            • File Transfer

            Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

            I use this for mobile audio recording. This drive is small, easily fits in briefcase, has firewire and usb (esata as well), bus power option, ac/dc wallwart. It's super quiet, and can get warm if not ventilated well but never hot. Glyph is excellent in the customer support area as well. They seem to back there products well.

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

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            5.0

            Hard drive

            By TinMen

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

              Used for field video production.
              Great speed and so portable.
              Very trustworthy so far.

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

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              5.0

              Great little drive

              By Phantompwr

              from Cape Cod, MA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Video

                Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                After I had another portable drive fail I decided to spend a little extra for some piece of mind. So far this drive has delivered. It's nice and small which is nice. It also has multiple connection options which is great. I've used both the USB 2.0 and firewire 800 connections without any problems. This has mostly been used for editing with Media Composer and its exactly what I was looking for.
                I have also used it with both Mac and on PC with Macdrive and it has worked fine.
                I know if I do have a problem down the road I have 2 years of free data recovery

                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Had it over a year, and still great!

                By Curtis

                from Nyack, NY

                About Me Power user

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                I use this to stream project audio files to my DAW. When I first got it, it was twice not recognized by my computer. All I had to do was remove the power cord and then replace (while on). Turning it off and then on using the switch did not work. No problems since then. Small, fast, and dependable. I've put a lot of track loads on it and it works great. features a pretty blue power light and a convenient switch. Looks great too. Came with a snazzy leather case with magnetic snap. It has come in very handy transferring very large files from my old computer to my new one.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Excellent Drive

                By canyonlights

                from Lyons, CO

                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
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                  I have only used the drive for a few weeks but it seems solidly built, very compact, and works perfectly with my Mac Pro.

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

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                  5.0

                  I will buy more of these products

                  By Crimson

                  from Larchmont, NY

                  About Me Power 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 Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                    I find this product awesome

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

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                    5.0

                    Best Product on the Market

                    By namlek

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Pro Audio and Video Desig

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                    • Easy to Customize
                    • Easy to Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Audio
                      • Multimedia
                      • Photo

                      Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                      Great for storing audio files, photos, etc. professional quality item and the best customer service.

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

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                      5.0

                      Great Product!

                      By nescandere

                      from Red Bank,NJ

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                        I use this drive as my primary audio drive for pro tools and it's great! Small, quiet, and great customer support. I thought this drive came with a protective sleeve, but it didn't so I called Glyph and they explained that it was discontinued due to some idiots using the drive while in the sleeve and thus over heating. They said they still had them and sent me one for 5 bucks. Totally worth it as I do remote recording from time to time. They are coming out with an after market hardcase for the portagig in anyone is interested. I'll probably pick one up, but in the meantime it's nice that Glyph offered the old sleeve. Be sure to pick up a 400 to 800 cable if you plan to daisy chain a Digi003 interface.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great Drive

                        By Josh

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                          Love this little drive. Reliable and very compact.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          I buy this hard drive every single time!

                          By Ash

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                            We use tapeless cameras for all our video shoots, so having a reliable hard drive is incredibly important. The Portagig drives are fantom power, compact, fast and easy to use. I never buy any other brand. The only issue I have is that they get pretty hot which when stacked on eachother is NOT good. But overall I would highly recommend this drive.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            nice

                            By franco

                            from peru

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                                very small, quiet,fast, good looking...

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                                4.0

                                Solid, Quick, and Beautiful

                                By Roy England

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Gets hot

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer
                                • Storage

                                Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                                This is the first Glyph I have bought, and I am very pleased. I was already a fan of Seagate drives but was really looking forward to all the connections on this bad boy. The hard drive is used for file transfer in the studio, and I also use it for file accessing during live shows while on tour. File transfer rate is fast and dependable. Has a power supply, or is bus powered automatically if not plugged in. Has on/off switch which is nice if only using for a back-up. Plenty of connections available. Design is real sleek, as well as the accompanying case. The only problem is that it gets quite hot, so keep away from heat sensitive gear and children.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Very useful for travelling

                                By JBR

                                from New York

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Worked well

                                Cons

                                • Not the cheapest

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • File Transfer

                                Comments about Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm):

                                it was great

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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