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G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • 4TB Raw Storage Capacity
  • 7200 rpm Speed
  • 64MB Cache
  • SATA II 3Gbps Interface
  • USB 3.0 and FireWire Connectivity
  • USB/FireWire Cables Included
  • Integrated Heat Sink
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Time Machine Compatible

The 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive by G-Technology is a spacious 4TB capacity external hard drive that features a generous 64MB cache, a fast 7200 rpm spindle speed, and hi-speed USB 3.0 and FireWire connectivity.

It also features a SATA II 3Gbps interface for smooth transfer and reliable operation on the inside. On the outside, the USB 3.0 port can deliver maximum transfer rates of 5Gbps. If you're a Mac-based user, you still get the convenience of FireWire 800 (backwards compatible to FireWire 400). The fanless drive has its own internal heatsink built into the unit which offers improved cooling and quiet operation.

The G-DRIVE can be used for professional video and sound editing, or to simply store your essential data. Either way, you can rest assured that the hi-speed connectivity and high capacity of this external drive will suit your needs. The unit includes all necessary cables, and is formatted for Mac (HFS+ Journaled) right out of the box. It's also Time Machine compatible. With a simple reformat, it can be used with Windows as well.

Large Storage Capacity
• 336 hours of HDV 1080i
• 68 hours of DVCPRO HD 1080/60i
• 52 hours of 8-bit SD
• 40 hours of ProRes 422 HQ
• 40 hours of 10 bit SD
• 9 hours of HD 1080/60i
Performance
Capacity 4TB
Interface 1x USB 3.0/2.0
2x FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via cable)
Drive Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not specified by manufacturer
System Requirements • Mac OS 10.6 or higher
• Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Please note G-DRIVE models 3TB and above are not supported by Windows XP or older 32-bit operating systems which limit maximum volume size to 2TB
General
Mounting Desktop, external
Power Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
Environmental Requirements Operating temperature: 5 - 35°C / 41 - 95°F
Operating Humidity: 5-80%, non-condensing
Non-operating humidity: 10-90%, non-condensing
Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.25 x 5.125 x 1.82" / 235 x 130 x 46 mm
Weight 2.98 lbs / 1.352 kg
G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
  • Universal AC Power Supply
  • USB Cable (USB 3.0/2.0)
  • FireWire Cables (FireWire 800 and 800 to 400 Cable)
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 3 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    G-Technology4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 71 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large capacity / good size (58)
    • Easy to set up (57)
    • Easy to use (56)
    • Attractive (52)
    • Quiet (48)

    Cons

    • Noisy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (49)
    • Video (48)
    • Additional storage (43)
    • Photo storage (41)
    • File transfer (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (61), Casual user (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (59), Personal (11)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (63), PC (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Highly Reliable excellent performance

    This is my 5th G-Tech product and I would go for this again and again. With their clean look, G-Tech drives have a very stable form factor that allows to be stackable, and...Read complete review

    This is my 5th G-Tech product and I would go for this again and again. With their clean look, G-Tech drives have a very stable form factor that allows to be stackable, and easy to access ports. I have always experienced consistent excellent performance for variety of media formats, upwards of 130MB/s. There are no lags or hiccups during scrubbing or when editing using a number of layers and the drives are pretty quiet. All of this is available at a price point that is quite competitive. From a support standpoint too, I've received excellent support assistance always (Pete and his team). I've been very satisfied with the G-Techs in my tests with ProRes, HDV, MPEG-2 I-Frame and Uncompressed HD formats.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great drive, but there's a bug

    I have a 2TB GRaid and recently purchased this 4TB GDrive for pro video storage. I've always liked and relied on these drives - they're generally great. But watch out. The 4TB has...Read complete review

    I have a 2TB GRaid and recently purchased this 4TB GDrive for pro video storage. I've always liked and relied on these drives - they're generally great. But watch out. The 4TB has a bug (at least on mine and apparantly, on others) - on a Mac you sometimes get an 'error -50' message when you try to transfer material to the drive. it won't allow it, particularly after the drive has gone to sleep but is still on. It's also impossible to eject this drive - you must shut down your entire computer before turning the drive off. If you call GTechnology they have a patch that fixes this and will guide you through installation, but first you must backup all material on the drive, which, for me, means buying another 4TB drive for $300. That's annoying.

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    5.0

    Great drive

    By Lena

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

      Very sturdy and isn't awkward. Quick and powerful.

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

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      4.0

      Solid so far

      By J.A.

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Video

        Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

        I took two of these to India, packed in my checked luggage, to edit video on. No problems, fast enough for basic editing, and haven't had any reliability issuses six months on... one star withheld since you really only know over time.

        Big plus that so many cables are included. It seems like this drive is really the only way to go right now.

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

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        5.0

        More Speed & Storage, Less Cost

        By EricEdits

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

          Using this as my primary media drive to edit video. Having the Firewire 800 ports is a nice plus so I can more easily transfer some of my older media o this drive without having to connect both drives to my computer.

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

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          5.0

          It works and it stacks

          By Just Me

          from New York

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Would Like A Short Fw800

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

          I buy these drives in pairs to back up all my image files twice.
          They are easy to stack and have been reliable so far.
          I daisy chain using Firewire 800, I am not that concerned with the speed of the drive as I write once and then create a Media Pro catalog pointing to the first of the pair of drives. I copy the select RAWs to another location before I send it to Lightroom for post.
          I wish they would add a short Firewire 800 cable to each box to help with neatness in the daisy chain.
          B&H is the best, except for the candy they offer on their counters, terrible for the teeth.

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

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          4.0

          A Solid Drive

          By James

          from NYC

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NO eSATA

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Video

          Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

          I used this product in TV post for storing video files and MXF media. It is a sturdy drive with good connections. Haven't had one fail on me yet.

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

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          5.0

          BEST HARD DRIVE FOR HD VIDEO EDITING!

          By Ron Tyler

          from Tyler, Texas

          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 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

            Bought this unit for use as a scratch drive for my iMac video editor. Works great and super fast. Great price and great service from B&H.

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

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            5.0

            Solid

            By lagger

            from california

            About Me Casual 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 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

              I'm using this to do time machine back ups of my computer and to back up my other 3 1 TB external hard drives. Great price, works great! G Raids rock!

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

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              5.0

              Easy and reliable

              By Vanessa Ruane

              from Los Angeles CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                The hard drive is top notch and I use it to back up all my photos, movies and music.

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

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                5.0

                Backup to store at distant location

                By Phil

                from Asheboro, NC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup

                  Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                  I have been using G Drives since 2009, and (perhaps, knock on wood) no problem with them to date (March 2014). This drive backs up all my files at home and is stored in a distant location in another city for backup.

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Great Drive - Love new smaller size

                  By JordanE

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  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 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                    Fast for editing, smaller than recent models and easy to travel with.
                    Still fragile, make sure you back them up!

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

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                    4.0

                    4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Har

                    By vpix

                    from New Orleans, LA.

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage

                      Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                      Basically a great storage device. Doesn't take up too much space on your desk, two firewire and one USB port, comes with cables - 1x USB and 2x firewire cables. Really simple set up - basically plug it in and off you go. Not quite as fast as I'd like it to be, but fast enough for what it is.

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

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                      4.0

                      Large footprint and a little loud

                      By ALH Photo

                      from Richmond, Virginia

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Photo Storage

                      Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                      I use this drive as a secondary back up so it is constantly plugged in to my Imac. It takes a few seconds to read, and is a little bit larger than I expected since it sits flat rather than upright. Seems really sturdy.

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

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                      5.0

                      G-Drive

                      By JHull

                      from Danbury, CT

                      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 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                        I have 4 of these drives and they all still work. This is definitely the brand to trust, when it comes to video editing.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great Hard Drive

                        By JimCostaFilms

                        from San Diego, CA

                        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 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I use G Drives exclusively these days because they are very sturdy and very stable. I can move the drives between my home and office without worry and I even dropped on one time on the cement and it was just fine. Data transfer rates are fast and work well with lard HD video files. I use the drive primarily to edit HD video on a Mac.

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

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again and again

                          By Vurdulak

                          from Milano Italy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                            I use it a lot

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

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                            5.0

                            A reliable drive

                            By George

                            from Olivebridge, NY

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                I have several G-Tech drives. I've found them to be reliable. I use them mostly for backing up photo, video and audio files.

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

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                                1.0

                                Worst drives I've ever owned

                                By Feather Cottage Media

                                from Ashtabula OH

                                About Me Power user

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Unreliable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    Totally unreliable. Customer service is horrible. They just point you to the Hitachi website. The drive failed shortly after arriving. It would not format. Returned it ($30) at my expense. Send a refurbished one rather than new. Shortly after warranty ended, lost one partition and it will not reformat or allow writing. This thing is an expensive paper weight. Horrible drives and worthless customer service.

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

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                                    4.0

                                    simple and practical solution for video

                                    By Yani

                                    from Miami

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Portable
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                      practical and efficient solution

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

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                                      1.0

                                      Expensive and poor quality

                                      By Dweeble

                                      from Ohio

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Paper Weight

                                        Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                        I used this for video editing.The first drive went out in two weeks.It was replaced with a refurbished one, which was used very lightly.It just went out, just a month out of warranty. In addition to the data loss, I'm out $[$] and have a worthless paper weight. This is the second G-Drive I have owned. My previous 500mb drive from them also failed. I will not be purchasing any more G-Drive products.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        Perfect!

                                        By Dustin

                                        from NJ

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Photo Storage

                                          Comments about G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive:

                                          I have had it only 5 days, so I can testify to everything about the drive, except long term relaiblity. Blazing fast with USB 3.0. Easy to use, plug and play set up with my mac. Will and would definitely buy it again.

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

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