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G-Technology1TB G-DRIVE mini Portable Drive
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (41)
  • Easy to set up (35)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Fast (21)
  • Portable (17)

Cons

  • Runs hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (17)
  • Additional storage (12)
  • Back-up (11)
  • Photo storage (11)
  • File transfer (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (34), Casual user (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (26), Personal (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (39)

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.

VS

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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1.0

8 months FAIL

By rpd

from New York

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Runs Hot

Best Uses

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

    Use it as Time Machine backup. Had it only eight months and one day turned it on to horrible CLICK CLICK CLICK sound.
    MacBook Pro would not recognize it. Dead.
    G Technology will send a refurbished one, but really? Why should I get a used one?
    I've always had LaCie and never had one fail, now this after only 8 months?

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

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    5.0

    My basic drive

    By strudel

    from new york city

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    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:

        An excellent and reliable drive.

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

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        5.0

        Nice solid portable drive

        By gregnfc

        from NYC

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Small Networks

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

        Basic drive characteristics - hasnt failed yet!~
        G drive techonlogy tends to be robust and reliable.
        Thats how Id describe this drive too.
        Go for it.

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

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        5.0

        A great, reliable drive

        By Dana in Okla

        from Blackwell, OK

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        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 have acquired many of these drives over the years, even way back before Hitachi bought G-Tech, and they are, without a doubt, the niftiest, most reliable little drives I own ( I think I have over ten for various tasks). I have never had one not mount (OSX) on a variety of Mac machines, both laptops as well as desktops. I also use several G-Safe drives (RAID), now discontinued, and they, too, have served me without fail for years. This little G-mini 1 TB has both FW 800, which is what I use, and USB 3. I use them on Mac Pros 5,1, Macbook Pro's, and iMacs. Can't say enough good things about them.

            One note: I think about a year ago I had to boot into recovery mode and restore a laptop from Time Machine, and, if I remember correctly, I think the Time Machine recovery now only works with a USB connection, not FW…this was on a 2009 Unibody MacbookPro.

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

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            5.0

            works perfect

            By Alex

            from NYC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume

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

              works perfect and is very small

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

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              5.0

              Great portable drive

              By Sastrugi

              from NY

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video editing

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

                Great drive, fast, much smaller than I expected. Easily formatted for PC.

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

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                5.0

                Solid Drive

                By Johnny Rumors

                from Los Angeles, CA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

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

                  Used two of these while on location for a travel heavy shoot. Dependable and small.

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

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use & gets the job done.

                  By Langololu

                  from New York, NY

                  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:

                    This mini portable drive is super easy to use. Just plug it in and you're ready to go. Sleek design matches my iMac. No complaints on my end.

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

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                    5.0

                    Great Video Editing Hard Drive

                    By ace

                    from nc

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

                    It is a very fast hard drive. It stays cool and it is reliable.

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                    5.0

                    Great portable drive

                    By sk8er48

                    from Lexington KY

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

                    I have purchased many G-Technology drives and this little drive was rock solid! Just wish they could make larger capacity portable drives.

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                    4.0

                    I will purchase more of these

                    By LDFISH

                    from St.John,Kansas

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Manage
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • G-drive Mini Is Bus Power

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portable Back-up Storage

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

                      I have had these drives for about a month now with no issues so far. They were very easy to install especially on the Mac, converting one to windows only required following online instruction at G-Tech. I will use the G-Raid Mini as photo storage on my MacBook Pro laptop and the G-Drive Mini as my backup. I also use a G-Drive on my windows based desktop as photo storage for my Lightroom Catalog

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

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                      5.0

                      Small, Bus Powered, FW 800

                      By Some Guy

                      from Seattle

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Small size, bus powered so fewer cords, and FW 800 as well as USB connection options. All good.

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

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                          5.0

                          Great drive small and compact

                          By Go Live TV

                          from Washington DC

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High Volume

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

                            Use this a external data drive for video editng with Final Cut Pro. Works great.

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

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                            5.0

                            Productivity in a durable package!

                            By Gabe and Stuff

                            from Florida

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Time Machine
                            • Video

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

                            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.

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

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                            5.0

                            Greta portable HD

                            By Marianne

                            from New York City

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

                            Easy set up, just a perfect and reliable drive!

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                            5.0

                            Portable Speed & Size

                            By Camera George

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High Volume

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

                              I purchased the drive because I needed a large video drive that I could take on the road. With 1TB in storage and its small light size it's perfect. Own other G-Tech drive so I knew I could count on it.

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

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                              5.0

                              great for professional files

                              By Gabi

                              from New York, NY

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume

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

                                Fast and easy to use. I feel safe storing my data on here!

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

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                                5.0

                                Very happy with this product!

                                By Madeleine

                                from New York City

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High Volume
                                  • Home
                                  • Small Networks

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

                                  Second time I bought the G-drive mini. As a photographer, can't live without it!
                                  It's fast, very easy to work with, small, looks good and most important: reliable! Only very occasionally it makes a ticking sound, I think because it had trouble connecting. But it recovers almost immediately. Overall extremely happy with this product!

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  2.0

                                  that awfull click click sound

                                  By fotocaribe

                                  from Los angeles, Ca

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Insecure
                                  • Runs Hot

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photo Back Up
                                  • Travel Photo Back Up

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

                                  I know all drives are usable for 2 to 3 years usually, but this one lasted just to end the 1 year warranty and started getting hot until that awfull click click sound started. It was to late even for a recovery . I think Iomega, La cie and Seagate are better options.
                                  REMEMBER TO DOUBLE BACK UP ALL YOUR FILES !

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Small Size for Big Jobs

                                  By BW

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                  • No Cons From Me

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portable Recording

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

                                  I use the 1TB G-Drive for professional audio applications. I need a drive that is small, light and durable. This drive fits the bill. It has a large storage capacity and comes in a leather case with an assortment of connecting cables for firewire and USB connections. It spins at 7200 rpm which is unusual for a drive this size. I've purchased many of these for use during the past couple of years and they've always been reliable.

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

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