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G-Technology1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive
 
4.7

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (69)
  • Easy to set up (59)
  • Fast (49)
  • Easy to use (48)
  • Highly compatible (38)

Cons

  • Runs hot (5)

Best Uses

  • High volume (18)
  • Video (17)
  • Home (14)
  • Additional storage (12)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (53), Casual user (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (45), Personal (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (69), PC (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Productivity in a durable package!

To start off, I am an amateur photographer and videographer who uses this disk as my "desk drive" and hence as a time machine backup, it's 1tb drive pairs well...Read complete review

To start off, I am an amateur photographer and videographer who uses this disk as my "desk drive" and hence as a time machine backup, it's 1tb drive pairs well with my iMac 1tb drive.

I love how quick and reliable it is, though I have not had it for too long, I still have yet to run into any even minor hiccups.

It is quiet, quick, and reliable...what more could you ask for?!

It gets a bit warm, really nothing even close to serious, if the room you work in is a bit chilly then you KNOW this drive is for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

on the fence about the G-Drive mini

This is the second G-Drive mini I have bought. The first one blew up when I connected it with the firewire. They sent me a refurbished one and I still have it. Although...Read complete review

This is the second G-Drive mini I have bought. The first one blew up when I connected it with the firewire. They sent me a refurbished one and I still have it. Although I was skeptical about buying another one, the reviews looked good and I needed another large drive. I use it to back up all my picture and video files. When I was loading all the files, the drive got very hot. I could hardly touch it. When I called the company, they suggested I send it back to B&H. I did some tests and it gets warm but not as hot as it got when I was transferring all my files. I still have it and I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I might buy the power cord so I can plug it in.

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4.0

Good drive

By AB'

from LA, CA

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Manage
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Fast
  • Highly Compatible

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High Volume
    • Sensitive Materials

    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

    I use this product for editing and it is pretty smooth. No issues so far!

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

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    4.0

    Tiny!

    By Peter

    from St Louis

    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

    Smaller than expected and doesn't need a power cord, just the USB or FireWire cable. Set it up in a minute and it's working like a charm so far. Totally silent.

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    5.0

    A+ drive; can be used as a bootable clone

    By Earle the Pearl

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bus-powered And Uses Ac
    • Compact
    • Easy To Manage
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

        I have always relied on G-Tech drives; they are the most recommended ones in the field of video and audio production and editing. They are incredibly reliable.

        This particular one, however, has a feature that was a must. It was the only one out there that I could use for this. Mac computers have a feature where if a bus-powered device is using a lot of power, the computer will cur or reduce power to that device. If you are using the drive as a boot drive, this could spell bad news.

        However, I wanted the option to be able to be bus-powered if I'm in the field. I don't want to be tied to an AC outlet. So this drive, which can be bus-powered but also can be powered with an adapter, was the perfect solution.

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

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        5.0

        Works as Intended

        By JB

        from New Jersey

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

            I needed a drive to chain into my other Firewire drives for a record I am doing, this fit the bill and does the trick

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

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            5.0

            One of the best, a brand you can trust

            By papafrank1944

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume
              • Sensitive Materials

              Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

              This will be used to archive videos. It is small, fast and compact. I needed a bus powered drive that was compatible with older and newer Macs and this fits the bill. I have been buying and recommending G-Tech drives for years. They are reliable and if there is a problem their support has always been excellent.

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

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              5.0

              Small & portable package with FAST speed

              By Anotherstate

              from Central Coast CA

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Manage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sensitive Materials

                Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                This is a great little Hard Drivw USB 3 with 2 800FW. I bought it for our Worship services, to record music and sermons. Portable (nice leather case for cord and unit). PLUS, it's a 7200 rpm for no problems in speed for multi-tracking in Studio One 3 or Capture 2 recordings".
                Nice heavy duty built unit! Matches Macs and takes up little space.

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

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                5.0

                Solid

                By 550 Productions

                from Colorado Springs

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portable Backup

                  Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                  I've had one of these for years. I use it as a travel drive when I need to download video on location.

                  Long story - I was shooting outside of Anchorage a and I'd been out in the woods all morning. I was downloading footage on the way back and my laptop was low on power. I picked the drive and laptop up out of the car to take them inside and the G-Drive Mini fell, disconnected from he cable, and impacted onto the concrete floor.

                  Not only does it still work, but I didn't even loose any data. Amazing.

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

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                  1.0

                  Failed in 3 months

                  By Clear water

                  from El paso

                  Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                  Poor quality. Thought it was a bad cable. NOT ! Bad drive. Too much to loose on my drives. I thought these were premium drives. My WD passport ultra is what I'm sticking with

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                  5.0

                  Sleek backup drive

                  By Bruce

                  from NYC

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                  • Runs Hot

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Sensitive Materials

                  Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                  Got this for a new iMac. It's configured for time machine, and it is working well. Also, it looks sleek and has a good capacity. Hopefully it lasts a few years. It also runs quiet and is hardly noticeable.

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

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Mobile Companion to the G-Drive

                  By jHol

                  from IL

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                      Great Price, Great performance. The USB 3.0 allows me to backup footage in the field quickly with little downtime. Doesn't take up too much size in my gear kit either. Loving it.

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

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                      5.0

                      works great!

                      By Beamu

                      from Montreal

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Manage
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                      • Insecure

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                        works perfect! arrived on a very hot day of summer, box was super hot and the drive had a little smell of burn so I was worried but everything works fine and has since!

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

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                        5.0

                        solid drive

                        By clearwater photo

                        from most dangerous city in the world El Paso

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High Volume

                          Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                          I use these with a mid 2015 Macbook Pro. Works well , but then, I just purchased them so time will tell. I'm using the 3.0 USB port and seems to be pretty quick downloading Canons 5Ds files (panoramic files are breathtaking). Seems to work well with Photoshop work in the field. I have a big trip coming up and plan to put it through the big test and I will be doing most of my work on this system. I am confident (based on peer reviews) that this is a tough to beat set up. The case can hold the cable and helps keep things organized. Conpact, seems to use up quite a bit of power but does not need an external source. Runs straight out of the box

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

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                          5.0

                          Great Travel/Backup Drive

                          By Dog Hound

                          from Lynchburg, VA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Manage
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                              I needed a bus-powered Firewire drive for recording audio, and this one suits my purposes perfectly. The dual FW800 ports allow daisy-chaining, so I'm able to run the drive and my audio interface sumultaneously. This drive is much smaller than the pictures make it look, so it doesn't take up much desktop space and it can be carried comfortably in a back pocket. It also includes a leather case, which is a great add-on.

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

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                              5.0

                              Yay for external hard drives!

                              By Lydia

                              from Newark, DE

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume

                                Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                So happy to have these for my classroom computers. After students lost an entire semester of work because of a massive failure, these are a gift!

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

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                                5.0

                                I will purchase this item. The price is too high

                                By Guelo

                                from Elizabeth, NJ

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High Volume
                                  • Sensitive Materials
                                  • Small Networks

                                  Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                  Excellent product. Price is too high

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Solid Little Drive

                                  By EditAngry

                                  from Culver City, CA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High Volume
                                    • Home

                                    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                    I've had this drive for over a week now and have been using it everyday. It's a total workhorse. The fan isn't very loud and I love the speed of the 7200 rpm. I first used it as a "dump" drive on set for a music video and I was able to transfer cards quickly. I backed it up and now I'm using the drive to work off of. It's great.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Great drives

                                    By N Depew

                                    from Plainfield NJ

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                    Bought this drive to backup an iMac. We have 8 G-drives minis and 1 2tb G-drive bought over the past 10 or so years and they have all served us well, are fast to use, and have had no problems at all.

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                                    5.0

                                    Worked out really well and saved my iMac

                                    By Graham

                                    from New York City

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Manage
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                      My 5 year old IMac died because its hard disk had completely failed after a lengthy series of issues. I added the G-Tech as an external drive and restored my OS and data to it. It's now as good as new, which is pretty good. Hard disks on IMacs are a known failure point, and were subject to a recall at one point, but this was a much simpler, and cheaper solution than taking the iMac into an [@] store and being overcharged to replace the disk.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By Chris

                                      from Knoxville

                                      Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                      Purchased the G-Tech drive to stream multiple video clips at once. Does the job nicely with it's FireWire 800.

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                                      5.0

                                      Speedy, good for video editing

                                      By Brando

                                      from Oakland, CA

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Manage
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive:

                                          I am a filmmaker who often travels for work. I used to use Lacie rugged drives, but switched to the G-Tech portable drive and love the results. It runs much faster, which helps when editing HD footage on a laptop.

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

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