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G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array

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Product Highlights
  • Designed for Content Creators
  • Supports Many Multi-Stream Video Formats
  • eSATA Transfer Rate Beyond 200 MB/s
  • 6TB Capacity
  • RAID 0 w/ Dual 7200 RPM SATA II Drives
  • eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 Interfaces
  • Scalable w/ PCIe eSATA Adapter
  • Windows 7 / Vista / Mac Compatible
  • Compact Aluminum Enclosure

Superb for use with programs like Final Cut Studio, Avid Xpress and Adobe Premiere, the 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array from G-Technology is an external RAID that has the fast throughput and deep storage capacity to handle the rigors of post-production video work. This drive features two 7200 rpm SATA II drives striped together in a hardware RAID 0 configuration with a total of 6TB of storage. While you can connect the drive to a computer via eSATA, FireWire-800, FireWire-400 (via included adapter cable), or USB 2.0, you can optimize its data transfer speed via the eSATA interface. If connected here, you can transfer data at a rate of over 200 MB/s.

Because the drive boasts exceedingly fast transfer rates, it can play back multiple streams of high-definition video simultaneously, and in formats such as HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD. Although, if you would rather use the drive for applications less related to video, it will also perform perfectly for high-resolution imaging, data backup, or general storage applications.

Plus, if you ever decide 6TB of memory isn't enough, you have the option of scaling up. You can use the G-Tech 4-Port, PCIe x4 eSATA adapter (not included) or another company's adapter to connect more than one 6TB dual drive to your desktop. You can also connect more than one drive to your laptop or desktop via FireWire daisy-chaining or through a USB 2.0 hub.

The drive is housed in a compact aluminum external casing that features a thermo-regulated smart fan for cooling. While it will look right at home sitting on top of your Mac Pro or Windows workstation, it will more importantly keep your video and your workflow humming along.

High-speed, low-cost RAID designed for professional content creation applications, such as Avid Xpress, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere
Supports the simultaneous playback of multiple layers of video in real time, including such formats as HDV, DVCPro HD, XCAM HD, ProRes 422, and uncompressed SD
Connects via eSATA, FireWire-400 (via included adapter cable), FireWire-800, or USB 2.0
Hardware RAID 0 uses the Oxford 936 chipset to stripe two 7200rpm SATA II drives together, each drive features 32MB cache
For the best performance, connect through the eSATA interface for sustained transfer rates of over 200MB/s
Scale up your capacity by connecting more than one 6TB drive to your desktop via G-Technology's 4-Port, PCIe x4 eSATA Adapter or another company's adapter. Alternatively scale up by daisy-chaining drives via the FireWire interface or by connecting multiple drives through a USB 2.0 hub to your desktop or laptop
Soft-touch on/off switch and integrated thermo-regulated smart fan ensure a long life and reliable operation
Unique industrial design houses the drive in a compact aluminum enclosure
Includes all data cables
Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Performance
Capacity 6TB
Interface 1x eSATA
2x 9-Pin FireWire-800
1x USB 2.0
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer ≤ 32MB
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate ≥ 200MB/sec via eSATA
System Requirements Windows 7, Vista; Mac OS X 10.3
eSATA, FireWire-800, FireWire-400, or USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC
Environmental Requirements None
Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.25 x 5.125 x 2.875" / 23.5 x 13 x 7.3 cm
Weight 3.85 lb / 1.75kg
G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array
  • eSATA Cable
  • FireWire 800 (9-pin to 9-pin) Cable
  • FireWire 800 to 400 (9-pin to 6-pin) Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Universal AC Power Supply
  • Installation CD-Rom
  • 3-Year Factory Warranty
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    G-Technology6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array
     
    4.6

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large capacity / good size (38)
    • Easy to use (34)
    • Easy to set up (33)
    • Attractive (31)
    • Quiet (20)

    Cons

    • Noisy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (35)
    • Additional storage (26)
    • Back-up (26)
    • Photo storage (17)
    • File transfer (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (38), Casual user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (34), Personal (10)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (35), PC (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Fast External Hard Drive

    The first G-RAID may have been damaged in shipping. When connected it made a loud squealing noise, so I returned it without any hassles.

    The second one worked, and it...Read complete review

    The first G-RAID may have been damaged in shipping. When connected it made a loud squealing noise, so I returned it without any hassles.

    The second one worked, and it is FAST. I have made a couple of exactly similar backups to a Lacie 4big Quadro and the G-RAID. The G-RAID is about twice as fast.

    For video editing where I need quick access to files, this thing works like a champ.

    It has a very very slight vibration as it spins up, but it is not so loud as to be heard if recording, certainly no louder than the Lacie external drives.

    It this thing lasts I will be very pleased.

    One point, if you use this for Windows and not MAC, make sure you initialize the drive using the USB cable, afterwards you can swith to eSATA. If you initialize using the eSATA cable, the drive is finicky when initializing, and you may not see all of the storage capacity.

    Also buy yourself a longer eSATA cable to more easily position the drive away from the workspace. eSATA cables are inexpensive.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    6TB G-Raid is An Unreliable Lemon

    I have two 6Tb drives, both under a year old, one is the main and one is backup. The main is failing so I moved data (nearly 5Tb of quicktime files) over...Read complete review

    I have two 6Tb drives, both under a year old, one is the main and one is backup. The main is failing so I moved data (nearly 5Tb of quicktime files) over to the backup. Now the backup is failing too! I rely on these drives for business. Now moving everything over to a RaidBank5. I don't recommend these 6TB drives for anybody who values their assets.

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    5.0

    Excellent Hard Drive

    By Jim

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Power user

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    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

      I use this Hard Drive for storing video for a television show and it is very reliable and easy to use.

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

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      5.0

      Awesome drive at an awesome price

      By Videoguy1017

      from Stamford, CT

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

        Gtech makes great products that work.
        I have been using them for years and never
        had a problem.

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

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        5.0

        LaudAmercy!

        By muse

        from NE area

        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 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

          Hard to top a crucial item such as this one –when it comes to trusting one's digital endeavours.

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

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          5.0

          Good price for a very good drive.

          By Danisca

          from Italy

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Noisy

          Best Uses

            Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

            Excellent and reliable drive. I have two of these and use them as a double back up of my still photography archive and (knock on wood) they never gave me any problem. The price is also very good. Will probably by a third one soon.

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

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            5.0

            G-RAID

            By Rich

            from New York, NY

            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
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

              Fast, durable, and reliable. I travel with it often and it's test to withstand the jostle.

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

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              5.0

              Solid Solution

              By SeedyD

              from NEW YORK

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                Simple, clean, reliable solution - buying another soon.

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

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                4.0

                Editing

                By nepaligurkha

                from NEW YORK

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Noisy
                • Slow

                Best Uses

                  Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                  I bought the drive for editing but it's really slow when it starts up. Other then that it seems to be working fine.

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

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                  5.0

                  A fantastic device

                  By Dannyrmendoza

                  from Miami, FL

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                        I've had a great experience using this product.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great Drive!

                        By sammy

                        from berkeley

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Video

                          Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                          I use this drive to store hd video files

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

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                          4.0

                          doing the job

                          By vps

                          from washington dc

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • High Capacity

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                            time will tell of course, but so far so good - using to log video and then sending the hard drive to a video editor. the power button is a little inconvenient and not as easy to deal with as on their 2TB drive.

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                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Stan Man

                            from Abuja, Nigeria

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                              I found it very ideal for any multimedia task and archiving and it fits well with your workstation

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

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                              4.0

                              So far, so good

                              By Matt

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity

                              Cons

                              • No Power Switch

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • Video

                              Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                              I've been using this for a few weeks now, and it's rock-solid. There are two platters inside, but it mounts as one drive, perfect for when you want massive amounts of media in one enclosure. I'd prefer an actual power switch, like this drive's 3 TB little brother, but that's a minor quibble. For the price, you can't beat this combination of storage space and reliability.

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

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                              5.0

                              6TB Hard Drive from B&H Saves World

                              By ASH5800

                              from Charlotte, NC

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Video

                                Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                This is the second G-RAID product I've bought from B&H and I'm a happy camper...or should I say happy editor? I use it to back up HD video and so far so good.

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

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                                4.0

                                great drive

                                By jkh5000

                                from SC

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                  I have been using G-Tech drives for years without any issues at all. I needed more space and this was the best deal for the money. It was easy to setup and use however if you are a windows user the initial format will take you almost two days. These drives come formatted for Mac but G-Tech gives you great instructions on how to format for a Windows machine.

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                                  • Business
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                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  Reliable but Expensive

                                  By Lou

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Noisy

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                  I have countless G-RAIDs and G-Tech Hard Drives. I've only ever had one crash on me in 5 years. They're extremely reliable, and this one model is particularly good for giant raw movie files. But I still feel as though the product should be at least a hundred dollars less.

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Great device

                                  By Bill Scurry

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                    The cost of space is great these days, and I can't think of a better value than G-Tech's RAID drives. Great value for a durable product.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Reliable fast media storage!

                                    By tandmrider

                                    from seattle, WA

                                    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
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                      Working in video requires rapid speed in transfering data. The only challenge is the heat the drive creates, but I counter that with a desk top fan.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      beautiful

                                      By jfn

                                      from Charleston, SC

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • High Capacity
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Weird Instructions

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                      Works very well. Quiet. Fast. Will have to daisy chain 2 or 3 soon....LOTS of HD video to store and work with. I do wish that the instructions came with directions on how to RAID this thing...that was my only gripe. Or maybe, this isnt really a real RAID? Not sure yet. But 5 stars so far.

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                                      • Business
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                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      Reliable, Powerful, and Fast

                                      By AnneBG

                                      from Columbia, MD

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                        We use these for HD video editing (FC7/Premier Pro0 and after we bought several earlier models, have never looked back. All the originals are still working and as we've migrated from SD to HD video off of P2 cards, we have been pleased to see G-RAID come out with larger drives to accomodate the larger files.

                                        On older G drives, the power supplies have sometimes needed replacing (easily done) and the company was very helpful (they don't make the power supplies, so they feel our pain). The fans can sometimes be a bit loud, but not obnoxiously so.

                                        We plan to keep the ones we have and get more as our workflow expands and adapts--we love these workhorse drives!

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                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        Works as intended from the start.

                                        By WebSightsInMotion

                                        from Miami Lakes, FL

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • File Transfer
                                          • Photo Storage
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about G-Technology 6TB G-RAID External Dual Hard Drive Array:

                                          Purchased this drive with the Sonnet PCIe card recommended by B&H - installed it turned it on and haven't stopped using it since. I will buy another soon.

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                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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