The G-SPEED Shuttle: Portable & Powerful 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 RAID Storage

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Building on the prowess of its already impressive and expansive line of products for photo and video professionals, G-Technology has taken the components of the G-SPEED Shuttle XL and redesigned it with a smaller form factor and equally powerful components. The resulting G-SPEED Shuttle is available in two main configurations—with either four SATA 3.5" drive bays, which is available exclusively at B&H, or two SATA 3.5" drive bays and two Evolution (ev) Series drive bays. Either model is well suited for easy travel between on-site locations and studios, delivering storage for demanding workflows that include 4K, 8K, HDR, and HFR footage.

Users who opt for the G-SPEED Shuttle 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 RAID Array will be able to select from capacities of 16TB, 24TB, 32TB, and 48TB, with the overall capacity being split between four 7200 rpm SATA 3.5" Enterprise hard drives that deliver data-transfer rates of up to 1000 MB/s, which allows for the simultaneous editing of multi-camera footage in real time, the rendering of multi-layer effects, and efficient exporting. The four drives come configured as hardware RAID 5, but RAID 0, 1, and 10 are also supported, giving users the option to select configurations that support performance, data redundancy, or a combination of both.

For those who still need a multi-bay array, but find themselves frequently sending footage by courier, the G-SPEED Shuttle 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array with Two ev Bay Adapters may be of more interest. Available in capacities of 20TB and 24TB, this array has two SATA drive bays and two Evolution (ev) Series drive bays. ev Series bays are proprietary to G-Technology and may be mailed with more ease than a 3.5" drive.

Aside from its ev bays, this version is like the non-ev configuration, although its sustained data-transfer rates max out at 500 MB/s, and its lack of additional SATA drive bays means it only supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD.

All arrays listed here come formatted for macOS 10.12 and later, although Windows is supported with a simple reformat, and connectivity with your host system is accomplished using an included Thunderbolt 3 cable and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. While one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is used to connect to your host system, the other supports the daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt devices, such as storage, displays, docks, and more.

Are you a photo or video professional who uses G-Tech, or do you have a preferred Thunderbolt 3 RAID array? Feel free to comment below.

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I am looking at the 48TB option.  My question is when this is formatted in RAID5 is it still 48TB total space for storage?

You should get about 42TB of storage space.

I'm a little confused. Can you explain how this can transfer files at 1000 MB/s? I thought spinning 7200rpm hard drives aren't capable of that speed. Is this speed only possible with SSD used with this RAID device?

Ryan S. wrote:

I'm a little confused. Can you explain how this can transfer files at 1000 MB/s? I thought spinning 7200rpm hard drives aren't capable of that speed. Is this speed only possible with SSD used with this RAID device?

Hi Ryan,

When you RAID enterprise grade HDD's, their performance is additive. Each HDD is up to 250 MB/s. So in RAID 0, that's 1000MB/s. In RAID 5 that steps down to about 750 MB/s as one drive is used for parity.

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