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G-Technology2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast connection (7)
  • Quiet (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to set up (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (7)
    • Travel (7)
    • Laptops (4)
    • Large projects (4)
    • Multimedia (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (6), Power user (4), Multimedia professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (11)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid Product!

    Hello all! I recently purchased this taking advantage of the special sale they had were you could get a G-Dock ev and you would get two G-Drive ev for free! I am an Apple...Read complete review

    Hello all! I recently purchased this taking advantage of the special sale they had were you could get a G-Dock ev and you would get two G-Drive ev for free! I am an Apple user and I work with both stills and video. I've never actually owned anything from G-Technology personally, but had co-workers and G-tech drives in workplaces before. I Liked this product for it's portability. I use a 15in MBP retina and really wanted to start using thunderbolt speeds, and you know that with video USB does not cut it. For whenever I decide to leave the office and do some basic editing or small work at a coffee shop or somewhere else, on the go, This drives being 7200 RPM are really fast enough to do the job and help me be more efficient. Which is what I always look for in a product. The quality is great! solid stuff and very very very well made. When you buy a product like this, sure, you are paying more than a WD drive or some other brand. BUT you pay for efficiency and a GOOD product you can rely on. This has been my experience. Actually, I've only had a Raid drive fail me once on a Mac tower, in 10 years of working in production.

    The way that I am using these now is this way;

    Drive 1 - Lightroom and photo related jobs
    Drive 2 - Video and Final Cut jobs
    Drive 3 - One of my main clients jobs (they keep me pretty busy so they deserve their own drive)
    Drive 4 - Backup or temp storage

    Speed is incredible! I moved 200gb in 40 min. that is insane! I am gonna start testing it more throughly as I go and do more jobs using this product, but so far I've been very impressed.

    PS People complain the drives are too small in storage size, I honestly work with project that end up being at the most 500-700 GB so this is to me perfect since I can consolidate everything in to a drive.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    GREAT CONCEPT / SMALL DRIVES

    The concept behind this setup is quite impressive but the system as a whole lacks as a real backup or raid unit. The bad: If you use this setup as a raid 0 or...Read complete review

    The concept behind this setup is quite impressive but the system as a whole lacks as a real backup or raid unit. The bad: If you use this setup as a raid 0 or 1 , which 0 is for striped speed and 1 is for redundancy or mirroring the drive, it's all you'll be able to use it for. To change drives you have to be very careful when they are in a raid set up. you must eject both drives from your desktop while the system is on. Turn off the unit and then remove the drives. Place new drives in the unit as stand alone pass trough drives or another raid set up. TOO MUCH WORK... The good: If you have it set up as a pass through stand alone drive you can eject the drive and plug it in to a USB 3 port in another computer or offsite. Still these drives are only 1 terabyte drives so your going to need a few of them. As a back up system it's just too expensive. I received mine on sale which included an extra 2 TB drives. The unit comes with 2 TB drives. B&H had a sale and so did G-Tech which included 2 free drives $400 value. As enticing as it sounds I returned the unit after using it 2 days. I was not impressed at all. I love G-Tech company but this system lacked spaced and even though it was Thunderblot , it lacked the speed as well. All the drives were a little glitchy in the USB 3 conncetion. You had to play with the cable a bit for the computer to find the drive. On top of that 1 of the drives was bad. I do admit that I was getting about 120mb's speed on the drives using black magic speed test.I did further research and found a much better solution but at a price. I returned the unit back to B&H and bought the Pegasus2 R4 by Promise Technologies. This unit has thunderbolt 2 connection. one word - AMAZING! so far. it's has 4 - 2 TB's drives for a total of 8TB's . I was able to raid 0 two drives for speed and the other 2 drives I left them as independent pass through drives. The raid shows up on my desktop as one drive and the other 2 as single drives. those single drives are hot swappable which is perfect my lightroom workflow and back up system.I also purchased the Lacie thunderbolt/USB3 Rugged 256GB SSD bus powered. This drive screams speed. I use this as the work drive for my catalog and files i'm working on at the moment in lightroom. Once I ingest the work I back up the whole file into one of the drives in the pegasus2 system. after several hours of work on the job I back it up again. Great system but it's a bit expensive. All together close to $2000 including tax. My apologies If I sound hard on the product but I expect more from G-Tech, they were my favorite storage company.Hope this helps.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Drive!!!

    By Photo

    from NYC

    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

    I'm a photographer so backups are a must on set. It's quiet and super fast with the thunderbolt. Speedy Gonzales fast on the Mac Pro.

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    5.0

    Great product - build and performance.

    By Heath Holden Photo.

    from Tasmania, Australia.

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pricey But Worth It

    Best Uses

    • Flexibility
    • Location Work

    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

    The g-DOCK is pretty sweet, thunderbolt is super fast and the convenience of having removable drives is good. Build quality is very high. Would mix very well with a seperate drive for archiving after your work is completed.

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

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    3.0

    RAID...LED Drivers...Issues oh my!

    By Nick

    from Roxboro, NC

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Manage
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • Insecure
    • Software Needs Updating

    Best Uses

    • Workflow For Media Create

    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

    This product works as stated but also doesn't. The product is praised by its creators for providing a simple and portable system to help with workflow. The drives work well and everything is read and written to beautifully. However, RAID doesn't work well and I find it missing drives or degrading the RAID often. I stopped using RAID on it all together. The drive comes with (per tech support) OPTIONAL LED Drivers for the indicator lights. No where in Youtube videos or their website is the product promoted with OPTIONAL Led lights. It is a part of the product and the lights do not work well. I find some times I put a drive in and it states it is either ready to eject (when its clearly not) or RED for no reason. The RAID problem is related to using Apple's Disk Utility so we can't over fault G-Tech there, but the LED drivers need some work. I would give it a 4 if the LED drivers worked well.

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

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    5.0

    Solid Product!

    By Daniel Salazarj

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Power user

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High Volume
      • Small Networks

      Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

      Hello all! I recently purchased this taking advantage of the special sale they had were you could get a G-Dock ev and you would get two G-Drive ev for free! I am an Apple user and I work with both stills and video. I've never actually owned anything from G-Technology personally, but had co-workers and G-tech drives in workplaces before. I Liked this product for it's portability. I use a 15in MBP retina and really wanted to start using thunderbolt speeds, and you know that with video USB does not cut it. For whenever I decide to leave the office and do some basic editing or small work at a coffee shop or somewhere else, on the go, This drives being 7200 RPM are really fast enough to do the job and help me be more efficient. Which is what I always look for in a product. The quality is great! solid stuff and very very very well made. When you buy a product like this, sure, you are paying more than a WD drive or some other brand. BUT you pay for efficiency and a GOOD product you can rely on. This has been my experience. Actually, I've only had a Raid drive fail me once on a Mac tower, in 10 years of working in production.

      The way that I am using these now is this way;

      Drive 1 - Lightroom and photo related jobs
      Drive 2 - Video and Final Cut jobs
      Drive 3 - One of my main clients jobs (they keep me pretty busy so they deserve their own drive)
      Drive 4 - Backup or temp storage

      Speed is incredible! I moved 200gb in 40 min. that is insane! I am gonna start testing it more throughly as I go and do more jobs using this product, but so far I've been very impressed.

      PS People complain the drives are too small in storage size, I honestly work with project that end up being at the most 500-700 GB so this is to me perfect since I can consolidate everything in to a drive.

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

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      5.0

      Efficient, fast, reliable

      By Alex

      from Alexandria, VA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High Volume
        • Small Networks

        Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

        I had a bunch of drives on my test and this has helped immensely consolidate all my drives into one space. One of the best things is that it is also portable. Pop the drives out and USB 3.0 that you can take on location with you, dump footage, and then bring it back and put into the bay and backup. I'm very pleased with it so far.

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

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        5.0

        Great Practical storage sysytem

        By somacoul

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast Connectivity
        • Quiet
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Laptops
          • Large Projects
          • Multimedia
          • Travel

          Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

          It is practical with a large storage system that you can keep on adding to.
          I highly recommend it!!

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

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          2.0

          GREAT CONCEPT / SMALL DRIVES

          By Slickrick

          from Riverdale, NY

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quiet
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Performance

          Best Uses

          • Laptops
          • Travel

          Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

          The concept behind this setup is quite impressive but the system as a whole lacks as a real backup or raid unit. The bad: If you use this setup as a raid 0 or 1 , which 0 is for striped speed and 1 is for redundancy or mirroring the drive, it's all you'll be able to use it for. To change drives you have to be very careful when they are in a raid set up. you must eject both drives from your desktop while the system is on. Turn off the unit and then remove the drives. Place new drives in the unit as stand alone pass trough drives or another raid set up. TOO MUCH WORK... The good: If you have it set up as a pass through stand alone drive you can eject the drive and plug it in to a USB 3 port in another computer or offsite. Still these drives are only 1 terabyte drives so your going to need a few of them. As a back up system it's just too expensive. I received mine on sale which included an extra 2 TB drives. The unit comes with 2 TB drives. B&H had a sale and so did G-Tech which included 2 free drives $400 value. As enticing as it sounds I returned the unit after using it 2 days. I was not impressed at all. I love G-Tech company but this system lacked spaced and even though it was Thunderblot , it lacked the speed as well. All the drives were a little glitchy in the USB 3 conncetion. You had to play with the cable a bit for the computer to find the drive. On top of that 1 of the drives was bad. I do admit that I was getting about 120mb's speed on the drives using black magic speed test.I did further research and found a much better solution but at a price. I returned the unit back to B&H and bought the Pegasus2 R4 by Promise Technologies. This unit has thunderbolt 2 connection. one word - AMAZING! so far. it's has 4 - 2 TB's drives for a total of 8TB's . I was able to raid 0 two drives for speed and the other 2 drives I left them as independent pass through drives. The raid shows up on my desktop as one drive and the other 2 as single drives. those single drives are hot swappable which is perfect my lightroom workflow and back up system.I also purchased the Lacie thunderbolt/USB3 Rugged 256GB SSD bus powered. This drive screams speed. I use this as the work drive for my catalog and files i'm working on at the moment in lightroom. Once I ingest the work I back up the whole file into one of the drives in the pegasus2 system. after several hours of work on the job I back it up again. Great system but it's a bit expensive. All together close to $2000 including tax. My apologies If I sound hard on the product but I expect more from G-Tech, they were my favorite storage company.Hope this helps.

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          4.0

          2TB G-DOCK ev Portable HDD by G-Tech

          By PaulSM

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Large Projects
            • Travel

            Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

            I use the portable drives for location backup. Then work on the files from the drive using my workstation. With this workflow, I needed a backup that was other than TimeMachine. The difficult part of the setup was the RAID. The drives would not mount. The instructions that were provided are elementary and lack the documentation needed for setting up various RAIDs

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

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            5.0

            Brilliant and affordable!

            By Kit Staysweet

            from Chicago

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Laptops
              • Travel

              Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

              Great for work in the field and at home. Brilliant concept. Take a drive with you in the field plug it into your dock when you get home. Save projects in removable drives. The only way to go in my opinion.

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

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              5.0

              G-Dock ev Portable

              By solohvs

              from valley forge PA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Travel

                Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                I'm not going to get technical here - you can read all the specs somewhere else. This set up offers me great flexibility and reliability. The 1TB portable drives make it easy for me to work away from my office AND I get the speed I expect once I'm back at my desk.

                My older G-Technology hard drives have NEVER failed.

                Fast - Reliable - Flexibility. A great combination.

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

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                5.0

                Very Good Solution

                By dkalmbach

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Pro Photographer, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Cost

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Large Projects

                Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                So far (only a week or two in) I have had no problems with the G-Dock. Time will tell but I'm happy with the build quality and speed I can get from it. A little pricey but I hope over time the G-Drive EV's will come down making this a more cost effective solution.

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

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                5.0

                Unreal

                By Rokvet

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Multimedia
                  • Travel

                  Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                  My Wife and I are both photographers who work together. The G-Dock allows us to do that and keep a redundant system. When I'm on the road, I download all of my photos to my ejectable USB drive. When I get back I synch both drive to keep redundancy.

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

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                  5.0

                  Pure Awesomeness

                  By RokVet

                  from Honolulu, HI

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Laptops
                    • Large Projects
                    • Multimedia
                    • Travel

                    Comments about G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                    As a pro photographer, I was looking for a way that my wife and I can work on different workstations and a way to maintain redundancy in case one of our hard drives failed. The G-Dock ev (along with an app names GoodSync) solved all our problems. She can take her USB HD on the road and I can take mine to work. Once we meet up again the 2 hard drives sync providing up the redundancy we need in case of a hard drive failure. Plus it lets us see each others work. The Thunderbolt capability is also inspiring. When going through my pictures in Lightroom I can zoom through and flag or rate my pictures without the lag of USB. There is virtually no lag using the Thunderbolt connection.

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

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