G-Tech Portable, Desktop, and RAID with Thunderbolt: Fast and Spacious

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So, you’ve bought yourself a nice, shiny, brand-new MacBook Pro. Maybe you’ve sprung for the Retina display version. Maybe you even went for a MacBook Air, to keep things light. You take your new MacBook out for a spin, marveling at its compact style and light, airy design. You take a thousand pictures or videos of all the places to which you take your virtual Mac date, and then you start to download them for editing. Suddenly, you realize you’ve filled up the hard drive faster than a barista can fill a coffee cup.

Scenario number two: You got yourself a new Ultrabook, same thing, sleek, light, but with a smaller SSD drive than most thumb drives. You’re at work, you’ve got a presentation ready to show, when suddenly, you realize that the presentation is 2GB because of all the pictures and fonts and special effects in your presentation, but your SSD is filled with LOLZcatz videos and downloaded music. Oh, and your boss is looking over your shoulder.

Scenario number three: You’re heading up an IT department for a company that’s all about producing high-end video. You need to keep the work that’s being completed on a daily basis safe and secure, but your office is working with a variety of computers, both Windows and Mac, and putting in a server is not in the budget right now. What do you do?

What you need in all of these scenarios is a reliable and efficient way of storing data. The days of expansive onboard storage are dwindling―smaller laptops, computers, and even mobile devices are eschewing the traditional bulky and oppressive spindle drives for solid-state drives, but at the sacrifice of capacity. No one is making a 4TB solid-state drive for notebooks currently.

So your choices are limited―constant data management, including deleting and moving files from one medium to another, using cloud-based storage (which has its own limitations, including less than speedy transfer rates and reliability on solid and stable Internet connections) or external storage, for which G-Technology has several solutions.

Starting from its more personal offering, the G-Drive Mobile Thunderbolt drive is a portable and mobile external drive that gives you a lot of storage, and the nuance of 10 GB/s Thunderbolt data-transfer speeds (only a single port―this can’t be daisy-chained like all other dual port Thunderbolt devices). It also includes USB 3.0 connectivity for legacy users who haven’t stepped up to the Thunderbolt interface just yet, so you can use it now and upgrade your system later.

It has 1TB of storage and is bus powered, so you don’t need a messy power brick weighing you down wherever you go. Its truly portable size makes it great for traveling, and the capacity is enough to hold hours upon hours of your favorite movies, or tons of your photos or word processing documents. It’s rated for 136 MB/s data transfers and includes both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables. With the Mac-inspired aluminum design, it will look right at home with your Mac system, which is good, since it’s plug-and-play formatted for Mac OS 10.7 and higher out of the box, but can quickly be reformatted for Windows Vista, 7, and 8.

Stepping it up a notch is the G-Drive with Thunderbolt, which offers you a 3 or 4TB external drive with up to a 165 MB/s data-transfer rate and Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. Made with an all-aluminum enclosure (again, to match the sleek aesthetics of similar Apple products), there’s also a quiet and efficient integrated heat sink to draw heat away from the 7200 rpm hard drive, which is important for keeping your data safe (too much heat = sad face emoji). Because it’s fanless, it’s much quieter than similar large drive storage systems.

Although the drive is pre-formatted for Mac and is plug-and-play right from the box for the Mac OS, it can be easily reformatted for Windows PCs (depending on your skill level at following directions, of course) and is Apple Time Machine compatible. One caveat: this drive only comes with a single Thunderbolt port, so it cannot be daisy-chained (one of the perks of Thunderbolt). But with the Thunderbolt interface, you get 10 GB/s of bi-directional transfer speed, which is twice as fast as USB 3.0. If your PC or laptop does not have Thunderbolt capabilities, the USB 3.0 still provides up to 5 GB/s of speed for transferring files. It includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables.

This edition of the G-Drive is ideal for users who want to supplement the already existing drives on their systems. Running out of room for your library of personal files? This drive will help you offload the non-essential files, keeping your main machine lean and clean. It makes a great secondary storage device, and will be a great help as a backup drive for personal use. But the Thunderbolt port means you can also use it for light video-editing as well.

G-Technology’s other offering is the G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt, which offers much of the same but in a slightly different configuration―but an extremely important one if you’re looking for storage and productivity in your external hard drive. Available in either a 2 or 4TB configuration, the Pro series offers dual Thunderbolt ports, so that Thunderbolt-enabled devices (up to 6) can be daisy-chained. This setup will help out a small office or data center with expansion; you can always add more drives and offer more flexibility between users in your setup. Five 4TB hard drives daisy-chained and a PC at the end gives you up to 20TB of storage, perfect for long-term data archiving, excessive video storage, or keeping your library of music and photo files safe.

The drives boast a sustained transfer rate of 480 MB/s, which is faster than USB 3.0, FW800, and eSATA. You also get the 10 GB/s bi-directional speed of Thunderbolt for screaming-fast workflows, like those needed by creative professionals or videographers.

The G-Drive Pro remains in the same stylish aluminum case as the G-Drive, but adds a Kensington lock slot for added peace of mind. It is also optimized for plug-and-play with Macs (OS 10.7 +) but can be reformatted for Windows PCs so, no matter where your multi-stream workflow happens, this drive can give you the room you need to be creative.

Last, but certainly not least, in the series is the G-RAID with Thunderbolt storage solution. G-RAID with Thunderbolt is exactly what it says: a drive enclosure with two removable enterprise-class hard drives that can be configured as RAID drives, with dual Thunderbolt ports. Want a detailed explanation of what a RAID drive does? Click here for a B&H Explora article outlining RAID. Basically, RAID allows you to add a layer of security by configuring the drives to mirror information from one drive to the next, or use the drive as a single entity (other RAID modes are slight variations on these two processes). The G-Raid can store anywhere from 4 to 8TB of data composed of two similar-capacity drives―so for instance, the 4TB version is two 2TB drives, and the 8TB version is two 4TB drives.

The G-Raid uses Enterprise-class drives, which means that the drives are tested and approved for 24/7 365 operational times, and have a very low failure rate. If you mirror your data, you can hot-swap a spare drive for virtually unlimited storage.

The G-RAID also features dual Thunderbolt ports for the same speedy 10 GB/s bi-directional transfer speed, and the extra port allows daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt-enabled devices. With five G-RAID enclosures maxed out at 8TB each and a computer at the end, you could have an office setup of almost 40TB of storage. That’s more than enough for a small design studio to store their files, or a videographer to edit with room to spare. It also supports multi-stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workfl­ows, so videographers can immediately take advantage of the Thunderbolt speed and high-capacity drives.

This version mimics the sleek aluminum styling of the previous drives, and also includes a Kensington lock slot, but comes with its own smart-cooling fan. The smart-cooling fan will only spin during operation―when the drive is not accessed, the fan will not spin, ensuring longer life and energy efficiency.

The drive is preformatted for Mac OS 10.7 and higher, but can be reformatted for Windows in a snap. With Apple Time Machine compatibility and the aluminum Mac aesthetic, though, this drive is a great addition to a Mac lineup of systems.

So, whether you need a little storage or a lot of storage, a simple solution to hold personal files or a multi-tiered solution to fulfill the needs of a small office, G-Technology has a lineup that will help you out. And with the new Thunderbolt super-fast data transfer protocol, your archived data has never been more accessible. G-Tech gives you room to grow, and machines to grow with.

G-Drive Mobile G-Drive with Thunderbolt G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt G-RAID with Thunderbolt
Capacity
1 TB 3TB/4TB 2TB/4TB 4TB/8TB
Interface
1 x Thunderbolt
1 x USB 3.0
1 x Thunderbolt
1 x USB 3.0
2x Thunderbolt 2x Thunderbolt
Rotational Speed
7200 rpm 7200 rpm 7200 rpm 7200 rpm
RAID Controller
None None None Hardware RAID 0
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 136MB/s Up to 165 MB/s Up to 480 MB/s Up to 327 MB/s 
System Requirements
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Windows 8 / Windows 7 (via reformat)
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Windows 8 / Windows 7 (via reformat)
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Windows 8 / Windows 7 (via reformat)
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Windows 8, 7 and Vista (via reformat)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.0 x 3.3 x 0.8" (12.7 x 8.3 x 1.9 cm) 9.25 x 5.12 x 1.89" / 23.50 x 13.00 x 4.80 cm 9.25 x 5.12 x 2.68" / 6.81 x 23.5 x 13.0 cm 9.25" x 5.13" x 3.43" / 235 x 130 x 87 mm
Weight
10.4 oz (295 g) 2.98 lb / 1.35 kg 3.13 lb (1.42 kg) Not specified by manufacturer
Includes
AC Power Supply
USB 3.0 Cable (compatible with USB 2.0)
Thunderbolt Cable
Quick Start Guide 
3-year limited warranty
AC Power Supply
USB 3.0 Cable (compatible with USB 2.0)
Thunderbolt Cable
Quick Start Guide 
3-year limited warranty
AC Power Supply
Thunderbolt Cable
Quick Start Guide 
3-year limited warranty
AC Power Supply
Thunderbolt Cable
Quick Start Guide 
3-year limited warranty