G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

B&H # GT0G03906 MFR # 0G03906
G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

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Product Highlights

  • 8TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-B Port (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Up to 205 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
  • 7200 rpm
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Preformatted HFS+ for Mac OS 10.9+
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
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G-Technology G1 overview

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Designed for storing and working with intensive multimedia files including video, photos, audio, and music libraries, the 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive from G-Technology lets you store up to 8TB of your data and transfer it to or from your computer using USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) technology. Housed in an aluminum enclosure, the G-DRIVE USB G1 features data transfer rates of up to 205 MB/s and a rotational speed of 7200 rpm, both of which allow for quick file access and fast data transfer speeds. The G-DRIVE USB G1 natively supports USB 3.0 and includes a USB 3.0 cable, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

While the G-DRIVE USB G1 is compatible with both Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, and Mac OS 10.9 and later,, it comes formatted HFS+ for Mac OS and supports Apple's Time Machine software, allowing your Mac to be backed up to this drive. To use this drive with Windows, it will need to be reformatted. Also included with the G-DRIVE USB G1 is a power adapter.

General Features

8TB capacity
Transfer rates up to 205 MB/s
Solid, all-aluminum case for durability
Apple Time Machine compatible
High-performance 7200 rpm SATA III drive


G-Tech is excited to introduce their Compatibility Solutions for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. To improve the experience for Windows users, they have added a G-UTILITIES folder with compatibility solutions, which can be downloaded from their Windows landing page.
Instructions File
Explaining what each of the installers are and step-by-step instructions on how to install the HFS+ driver for Windows by Paragon or G-Technology Format Wizard.

HFS+ Driver for Windows by Paragon Install
By installing the HFS+ driver for Windows by Paragon on their Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 system, customers will be able to read/write to their G-Technology HFS+ formatted drive(s) from such PC, in addition to their Mac computer.

G-Technology Format Wizard
By installing the G-Technology Format Wizard, users can reformat their G-Technology HFS+ formatted drive to NTFS to be used with Windows-only systems. Please be aware that reformatting the drive to NTFS will erase all current data on the drive and it will no longer be compatible with macOS. Please be sure to back up all data prior to performing this install.

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An HTML file that will direct users to G-Technology's Windows Compatibility landing page.
UPC: 705487197549
In the Box
G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty (US Only)
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    G-Technology G1 specs

    Storage Capacity 8 TB
    Connection Interface 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB Type-B)
    Maximum Read Speed 205 MB/s
    Pre-Format HFS+
    Internal Drive
    Internal Interface SATA III
    Type Hard Disk Drive
    Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
    Form Factor 3.5"
    Cache Memory 64 MB
    External Enclosure
    Material Aluminum
    Cooling System Passive
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 7.7 x 5.0 x 1.3" / 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.2 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.1 x 8.3 x 3.2"

    G-Technology G1 reviews

    8TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Storage Drive for the price, but... I was in need of a quality back-up drive for my endless photography files. B&H actually offered me a lower price than listed in the catalog. Once it arrived I found out why. This drive is advertised with an 8TB storage capacity, but don't be fooled, as I was. The capacity of this drive is only 7.38TB, fully formatted with no software loaded. G Tech is a quality company and they produce excellent products and I expected more from them. Unfortunately, I was disappointed at the drive's actual capacity. I expected it to be much closer to the 8TB as advertised, 7.89TB would have been more like it. I gave it only 4 stars for that reason alone.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great editing drive for smaller projects. I run a small documentary studio and we generally work off of RAIDs via Thunderbolt. Sometimes, we have small projects that can easily be cut on a MacBook Pro via USB 3, and this 8TB drive fits the bill. We use these drives for their large capacity and edit in FCPX at up to 2K resolution in ProRes without a hiccup. At 7200rpm, we are getting write speeds of around 190 mb/sec. We then use a less expensive 8TB drive (from another brand) to backup our G-DRIVE every evening using Carbon Copy Cloner.
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I always use G-Drives As a professional photographer, I need huge amounts of storage space, and I've always used and trusted G-Drives. I've got more than a dozen and they've never failed me. Fast, reliable storage at a very good price. The 6TB drive is actually cheaper per TB, so I'd recommend buying that one (it's more than enough space for most anything), but the project I was on was enormous, so I went with the 8, and love it. (PS, don't forget to buy back-ups! You've gotta have all your work on at least two separate drives!)
    Date published: 2016-11-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not reliable This drive would disconnect from my PC intermittently while transferring files. Sometimes it would reconnect after a few seconds. Sometimes I have to power off/on the drive to reconnect. Tried switching to other USB ports and USB cable. But does not fix problem. The less expensive drive that I brought as a backup for this drive was rock solid. Very disappointed.
    Date published: 2017-07-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Died in two months only drive I've ever had die on me. died right before a presentation as well
    Date published: 2016-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesom If you use a Mac, I wouldn't recommend any other external hard drive. G drives have always been the best for Apple, while others have to be formatted specifically for your computer, and may not read on other macs after that format. Plus others fail with no rhyme or reason (like Seagate), while G drive have yet to disappoint.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lifespan 14 months Failed after just over a year from putting it in service. This was my primary work drive holding all my photo library. Thank the Lord for backups. All hard drives fail eventually but I expect more than a year of service. G-Tech came highly recommended. Live and learn.
    Date published: 2018-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must buy! I purchased this for storing large amounts of footage as well as working off of it for editing and color grading. Excellent drive, small and sleek in size. I have many TB sizes in this style and they are work horses. For the price, you can't beat it.
    Date published: 2017-01-21
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