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G-TechnologyG-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB)
 
4.7

(based on 156 reviews)

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    (27)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (132)
  • Attractive (129)
  • Easy to set up (125)
  • Quiet (109)
  • Portable (91)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)
  • No power switch (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (96)
  • Back-up (89)
  • Additional storage (86)
  • Photo storage (79)
  • File transfer (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (110), Casual user (38)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (87), Personal (61)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (93), PC (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Buy It!

I needed fast, portable, external storage for use with my Macbook and Lightroom/Photoshop with the occasional use of ProTools 9. I searched for a drive that was 7200rpm, slim, fast, Firewire...Read complete review

I needed fast, portable, external storage for use with my Macbook and Lightroom/Photoshop with the occasional use of ProTools 9. I searched for a drive that was 7200rpm, slim, fast, Firewire 800, bus powered, and as a bonus, included the Oxford 934 Chipset. I was torn between this and the Glyph 500GB PortaGig 50. I chose this drive after finding out that the Glyph can only be bus powered by using the USB Y cable which takes up 2 USB ports on my Macbook as well as the FW800 port (at least that's how I understood it).
For ProTools and other DAW users, check the G-Drive website and you will find that this drive has the Oxford chip even though it does not say that here.
I'm very impressed and pleased with this drive so far. It's fast, looks great, fits in the palm of my hand and includes stylish leather case plus all cables you will need. Also includes on/off switch and a +12V DC IN for use with a power adapter (not included). All included cables are well made and fit snug, which was an issue with my WD Elements 1TB USB drive and cable. Just Buy It!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mistake, do not buy!

I bought this for the sole purpose of editing video on my MacBook Pro. Come to find out, you cannot connect a firewire camera to this drive! Connecting a camera unmounts the drive....Read complete review

I bought this for the sole purpose of editing video on my MacBook Pro. Come to find out, you cannot connect a firewire camera to this drive! Connecting a camera unmounts the drive. G-tech claims they know this, but the other firewire port is ONLY for connecting another hard drive. The problem is, that ALL new iMac's and MacBook Pro's have ONE firewire port. In other words, it's impossible to use this as a firewire connected scratch disk/capture drive. I asked them if I could trade this drive for a regular G-Drive which they said "has a different chipset and doesn't have this problem". They said no. I use the same camera daisy chained off my Drobo without any problems.

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5.0

G DRIVE

By ROTONDO

from NY 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
    • File Transfer
    • Photo Storage
    • Video

    Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

    WORKS GREAT!!!
    LOVE IT..AND TAKES ABUSE...MOST IMPORTANT

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

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    5.0

    So Far, so good

    By TC

    from San Francisco

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

      Pug and play for time machine on my MAC. Easy to use. I hope it lasts longer than my Seagate drive that crashed after 3 months.

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

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      4.0

      As advertised; quick and versatile

      By ChasPhoto

      from Kentucky

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

        Only beginning to use the mini drive but very pleased with instant performance right out of the box. Sleek design; easy to use.

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

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        4.0

        Excellent portable drive

        By No name

        from New York, N.Y.

        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 G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

          I use this drive as a back-up, and as a drive for an alternative OS.

          It was rediclously easy to set up. Just plug it in to a USB or firewire connection and it's up and running.

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

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          4.0

          Great Drive So Far

          By Katelynne

          from New Jersey

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

              I needed a drive to backup my files on my family's computer, and wanted something that would be small and out of the way since the office area is rather small. This hard drive fit the bill perfectly.

              So far I haven't had any issues. It comes with a little carry case which in my case is good for when I have to store it somewhere so it doesn't get too dusty. That said if I wanted to take it somewhere it would fit perfectly in my purse.

              Even though the drive gets its powered from the computer it's plugged into, there is a DC IN +12V slot if you want to power it using external power. (the AC adapter is not included)

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

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              5.0

              BEST DRIVE

              By Witnessdoc

              from NYC

              Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

              These drives are a filmmaker's best friend. I take the on location all the time to download my footage files.
              They're easy to travel with, fast and super reliable.
              Never lost a file and they don't crash. Just bought my 8th mini!

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              5.0

              G-Drive Mini

              By ArtemisJ

              from Billings, MT

              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 G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                Great product. This is my second one. Built like a tank and great data speeds. B&H processed and shipped my order immediatly, as well as having a great price.

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

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                5.0

                Sweet

                By hua wannabee

                from Napa, CA

                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
                  • Video

                  Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                  No power supply needed with Firewire. If you have a mac it just sets itself up. Very nice and looks great next to my iMac.

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

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                  4.0

                  Compact Drive that's FAST

                  By DucatiGP

                  from Oceansice, CA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                    I use this drive for audio editing and video transfer. Its small, fast and rugged. I'm very happy with my purchase and the instant savings

                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding external hard drive

                    By Leonardo

                    from Chicago

                    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

                      Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                      I use the 500GB drive to backup my Mac using Carbon Copy Cloner.
                      I love G-Tech mini drives. I have several 320GB drives and use them to backup my images. These drives are small so you can stash them on-site or off-site. I just hope G-Tech continues to make these drives with FW800 ports. FYI - the 320 & 500GB drives fit perfectly in a Pelican 1020 case.

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

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                      5.0

                      Well built, full featured and compact

                      By Worn SP

                      from CT

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                        Every manufacuter's external 2 1/2" dirve uses the same size drive inside, but the cases are different. This all metal enclosure is about as compact as it can get while still inlcuding a heat sink on the bottom. OWC's standard plastic enclosure is larger in all three dimensions. G-Drive Mobile is the same width and depth, but thinner and lacks an on/off switch. Nice fitted case too.

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

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                        5.0

                        It Works

                        By NeutraL-GreY

                        from Sacramento, CA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy to use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                            The drive works just as it should and there are no faults. I purchased one of these drives a few years back and have had no problems with that one either. Whenever I need a drive I can always depend on G-Tech. Also the Pelican 1020 case fits the drive and your wire of choice like a glove. I highly recommend the combo.

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

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                            4.0

                            Quiet and compact

                            By Gerry

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                              I use this drive for my Video 1 class and so far, I really like it. It's small enough for me to pack into my book bag and bring to class and its so quiet. I like the fact that it also comes with its own traveling case. Overall it's a really good external hard drive for photo, video, or even just general backup storage.

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

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                              5.0

                              Great little drive

                              By rxs

                              from Huntley, IL

                              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

                                Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                Great little product, excellent speak and really gets the job done via FW800.. G=TECH makes great products, I own 5.

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

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                                5.0

                                Fast and well constructured

                                By TenRad

                                from Memphis, TN

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • File Transfer
                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                I use this drive primarily to transport images and files from work to home and vice versa.
                                Its small, fast and rugged. It comes with a case and cables. So far, I'm very happy with it.

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

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                                5.0

                                Beautiful and Functional

                                By H dubetz

                                from Austin

                                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

                                  Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                  It is small, sleek, and a beautiful little device, and very functional. It is now my Macbook Pro backup (Time Machine). Just plugged it in and selected it. Voila! Backup started. Earlier LaCie began giving constant error messages as soon as I upgraded to Mavericks, which was a HUGE mistake. Wish I still had Snow.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  easy peasey

                                  By kate in production

                                  from Baltimore, MD

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • File Transfer
                                    • Music Storage
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                    All anyone wants in a storage device is idiot proofed, no fail, no hassle set up and use. 10 sec outta the box it was plugged in and stuff was being downloaded on it. What else could you want?

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazingly small and functions perfectly.

                                    By Big Frank

                                    from New Jersey

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Noisy

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                      When I ordered it I did not realize how compact it was. I have 500GB externals that are 3 times the size of this G-Tech. I am storing video that I have done for an volunteer equestrian therapy for the handicapped group that my wife is very involved with. I wanted to keep their videos separate the other videos I do. When the day comes that my wife can no longer volunteer we can just hand over this mini-external to the organization for their purposes.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Reliable Drive

                                      By BD, pro photographer

                                      from Canandaigua, NY

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Great Design

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage

                                        Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                        For the price, this is a solid drive. Have 2 others, and my experience is that they are pretty much bullet-proof. Never had a problem.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        So far so good

                                        By Fireland

                                        from cape fear nc

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backup
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about G-Technology G-DRIVE mini High-Speed Portable Drive (500GB):

                                          Redundant video file backup.
                                          I wish I could afford a larger capacity but that's not in the card right now, so I have two of these for dual (redundant) backup of video files. I went with, what I hope will be, reliability and durability over size and will have to cross the capacity issue when I get there.

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

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