Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)

Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)

Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)

B&H # GLPG501B500 MFR # PG501B-500
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Product Highlights

  • eSATA
  • FireWire-800
  • USB 2.0
  • 7200rpm

Glyph Technologies 50 overview

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The PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive from Glyph Technology is a fast, powerful, and compact portable hard drive perfect for media professionals. With dual FireWire-800 ports, a USB port, and an eSATA port, the portable hard drive can connect to a wide variety of devices. The drive supports a bus-powered option, or can be powered using the provided AC adapter. Boasting 500GB of space and running at 7200rpm, the PortaGig is a high-quality hard drive for all your media needs.

The small, portable, PortaGig 50 is housed in an aluminum enclosure and runs quietly with its fanless design. Connected by FireWire-800, USB or eSATA, it reports the drive's health and temperature as a background task using Glyph Manager, notifying you if your drive needs attention. PortaGig 50 has a rear power switch, uses an Oxford 934 chip, and is finished off with a classic Glyph styling and a stainless steel face plate. Designed for field recording, moving audio, video, graphics, and prepress files, it includes a universal power supply and a carrying sleeve.
Speeds and Performance
The PortaGig 50 drive runs at a fast 7200rpm, and uses Seagate SATA II hard disk mechanisms. Seagate drives live up to their reputation for performance, quality, and durability.
Tested and Approved
The PortaGig 50 has been qualified with Digidesign Pro Tools to support over 70 tracks of 24-bit/48k audio, with edits.
The Warranty
The PortaGig includes a 3-Year Limited Warranty, 2-Years of Free Level I Data Recovery, and 1-Year of Free Overnight Advance Replacement
In the Box
Glyph Technologies 500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm)
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • USB Y-Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • 2-Year Free Basic Data Recovery Policy
  • 1-Year Advance Replacement (US Continental 48 States Only)
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    Glyph Technologies 50 specs

    Capacity 500GB
    Interface FireWire-800, USB 2.0, eSATA
    Drive Speed 7200rpm
    Cache 8MB
    Average Seek Time 8ms
    Sustained Data Transfer Rate eSATA: 83MB/s Read, 81MB/s Write
    FireWire-800: 76MB/s Read, 65MB/s Write
    System Requirements Mac OS 8.6, 9.x, or 10.x; Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Vista, or 7; Unix; Linux; BSD
    Mounting External
    Power Requirements Bus-Powered Option (requires two USB ports)
    AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
    Environmental Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 1 x 3.6" (12.2 x 2.5 x 9.1cm)
    Weight 0.5 lb (0.3kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 6.0 x 4.0"

    Glyph Technologies 50 reviews

    500GB PortaGig 50 Portable Hard Drive (7200rpm) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid, Quick, and Beautiful This is the first Glyph I have bought, and I am very pleased. I was already a fan of Seagate drives but was really looking forward to all the connections on this bad boy. The hard drive is used for file transfer in the studio, and I also use it for file accessing during live shows while on tour. File transfer rate is fast and dependable. Has a power supply, or is bus powered automatically if not plugged in. Has on/off switch which is nice if only using for a back-up. Plenty of connections available. Design is real sleek, as well as the accompanying case. The only problem is that it gets quite hot, so keep away from heat sensitive gear and children.
    Date published: 2010-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little drive After I had another portable drive fail I decided to spend a little extra for some piece of mind. So far this drive has delivered. It's nice and small which is nice. It also has multiple connection options which is great. I've used both the USB 2.0 and firewire 800 connections without any problems. This has mostly been used for editing with Media Composer and its exactly what I was looking for. I have also used it with both Mac and on PC with Macdrive and it has worked fine. I know if I do have a problem down the road I have 2 years of free data recovery
    Date published: 2011-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had it over a year, and still great! I use this to stream project audio files to my DAW. When I first got it, it was twice not recognized by my computer. All I had to do was remove the power cord and then replace (while on). Turning it off and then on using the switch did not work. No problems since then. Small, fast, and dependable. I've put a lot of track loads on it and it works great. features a pretty blue power light and a convenient switch. Looks great too. Came with a snazzy leather case with magnetic snap. It has come in very handy transferring very large files from my old computer to my new one.
    Date published: 2011-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! I use this drive as my primary audio drive for pro tools and it's great! Small, quiet, and great customer support. I thought this drive came with a protective sleeve, but it didn't so I called Glyph and they explained that it was discontinued due to some idiots using the drive while in the sleeve and thus over heating. They said they still had them and sent me one for 5 bucks. Totally worth it as I do remote recording from time to time. They are coming out with an after market hardcase for the portagig in anyone is interested. I'll probably pick one up, but in the meantime it's nice that Glyph offered the old sleeve. Be sure to pick up a 400 to 800 cable if you plan to daisy chain a Digi003 interface.
    Date published: 2011-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far, So Good This remarkably compact, quiet, and lightweight portable external drive requires no special installation procedures. I was able to use it right away via FW800 with a MacBook Pro. Also note that it is, subjectively speaking, a very stylish object. Given the choice, a desktop drive would always seem to make more sense for video editing. However, in situations in which portability is a necessity, this drive seems sufficient. Final Cut Pro only started quitting unexpectedly when I asked it to composite 13 layers of video; this seems about par for the course. I wouldn't buy a comparable product from a cheaper brand than Glyph. Note that I have only had this drive for a few weeks, though I have had particularly good experience with Glyph desktop drives over the past several years.
    Date published: 2012-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Drive I have only used the drive for a few weeks but it seems solidly built, very compact, and works perfectly with my Mac Pro.
    Date published: 2011-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will buy more of these products I find this product awesome
    Date published: 2011-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I buy this hard drive every single time! We use tapeless cameras for all our video shoots, so having a reliable hard drive is incredibly important. The Portagig drives are fantom power, compact, fast and easy to use. I never buy any other brand. The only issue I have is that they get pretty hot which when stacked on eachother is NOT good. But overall I would highly recommend this drive.
    Date published: 2011-02-09
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