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G-Technology1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (8)
  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (6)
  • Large projects (4)
  • Multimedia (4)
  • Photo storage (4)
  • Laptops (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (5), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (6), Personal (4)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (7), PC (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good overall drive

I use the product to store my photography, which I edit, so I needed a drive that would put out good seek times and still have enough space to grow my collection. I...Read complete review

I use the product to store my photography, which I edit, so I needed a drive that would put out good seek times and still have enough space to grow my collection. I have about 200 GB of photos and more incoming.

The drive is all-around really good.
Pros:
-Very good read/write speeds, better than my 2 year old high-end desktop hdd
-No power cable required to achieve good speeds

Caveats:
-Runs warm, when you are shuffling files non-stop (viewing a photo gallery). Runs very hot, if you aren't ventilating the drive. I had mine under a pillow, and it got very hot.
-The drive spins down, if you don't use it for a while, to save power. When you open a file again, it takes a second or two to spin back up. This can be changed in your operating system, but then the drive consumes more energy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Drive Failed

I initially liked this drive for its speed, portability, and reasonable cost for 1Tb of storage. However, after less than 4 months of light use the drive failed. The failure was indicated...Read complete review

I initially liked this drive for its speed, portability, and reasonable cost for 1Tb of storage. However, after less than 4 months of light use the drive failed. The failure was indicated by the fact my MacBook Pro did not recognize the drive and when I checked the drive with disc utility it showed the the 1Tb was full (which it was not). Additionally, I tried to boot the drive on two different Mac computers to no avail. I am an honest guy and at no point during the 4-months was the drive mishandled. Luckily, my second backup G-Drive did not fail so I was able to recover my work.

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3.0

OK for Mac, not for Windows 10

By LMCharleston

from Charleston SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

With Touro no longer available, I'm testing other 7200 rpm portable USB powered drives. This one works pretty well with the Mac, but when I reformatted it NTFS, the speed, as tested by the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test was very poor. Reformated back to Mac and it tested pretty good again. Don't have an explantation, but that was my experience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Drive Failed

By Paul

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

I initially liked this drive for its speed, portability, and reasonable cost for 1Tb of storage. However, after less than 4 months of light use the drive failed. The failure was indicated by the fact my MacBook Pro did not recognize the drive and when I checked the drive with disc utility it showed the the 1Tb was full (which it was not). Additionally, I tried to boot the drive on two different Mac computers to no avail. I am an honest guy and at no point during the 4-months was the drive mishandled. Luckily, my second backup G-Drive did not fail so I was able to recover my work.

 
5.0

All time favorite

By Nathaniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

Never fails. I like portability.

 
5.0

Perfect to Carry Along

By Edward

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

This is thin and powerful enough to edit footage, even 4K. It is bus powered so a laptop editing "studio" is even more portable.

 
5.0

Very fast as a portable drive

By Takao

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

Works great as a general storage drive, always connected to my SSD iMac. I have a separate SSD drive for cache so this one is great for the size and the price by trusted brand.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid drive

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

I have a stack of these drives and never have a problem

 
1.0

Drive ejects itself randomly

By AMDphreak

from Memphis, TN

About Me Casual user

Verified Reviewer

Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

The drive ejects itself randomly. It has been tried in USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on both Windows and Mac.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Computer Platform:
  • PC
 
4.0

2 and a half years...no issues...well almost.

By Kerro

from Kingston, Jamaica

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • High Capacity
  • Portable
  • Quiet

Cons

  • No Power Switch
  • Poor Usb Connector Choice

Best Uses

    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

    bought two of these drives in late 2013...still use them daily and they've never failed. My issue though is the USB port is so fiddly. The connector they use is terrible...slightest bump could disconnect the drive. So i plug them in and try my best not to touch them or cause them to move in the slightest while in use. since i use them as my editing drives it isnt much of a problem...for a general use drive maybe not so wise. Plan to buy The G-Dock soon so this will no longer be an issue hopefully.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac
     
    4.0

    Solid

    By Austin

    from Florida

    Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

    So good, so far. Only had it a few weeks now but it transfers at a pretty good speed. I only need it for portable video previews for clients, and it works for that.

     
    5.0

    Great Product!!!

    By Jack

    from Port Clinton, OH

    About Me Power user

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

      This hard drive works beautifully on my Macbook Pro 15" Retina/2011 27inch iMac. The USB 3.0 is super fast and I have had no problems thus far. G-drive has always been my go to especially for video media and music. I am happy.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac
       
      5.0

      Fast! Improves my efficiency and productivity!

      By Mercedes

      from Lima, Peru

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity

      Cons

      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

      I use it for editing photos on Photoshop
      Fast
      Have bought a rubber mat to attach to the bottom so that it does not slip off the desk where I place it.

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

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Solid state

      By ARG

      from Roslyn Heights, NY

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

        Quick well made. Just be sure you have the proper USB ports!

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        5.0

        Terrific Solution

        By BMW

        from Orlando

        Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

        I wanted something future-proof, expandable and flexible. That's why I chose this external hard drive. I have the G-Drive 2TB, but needed something portable. I love the design, durability, and ease-of-use this hard drive has. I recommend it for anyone who needs a good hard drive for video editing.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good overall drive

        By AMDphreak

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Fast
        • High Capacity
        • No Power Cable Required
        • Portable
        • Quiet
        • Usb 3
        • Usb 30

        Cons

        • Can Get Hot
        • Difficult Windows Setup
        • HOT
        • Mac-preformatted

        Best Uses

        • Mobile Image Editing

        Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

        I use the product to store my photography, which I edit, so I needed a drive that would put out good seek times and still have enough space to grow my collection. I have about 200 GB of photos and more incoming.

        The drive is all-around really good.
        Pros:
        -Very good read/write speeds, better than my 2 year old high-end desktop hdd
        -No power cable required to achieve good speeds

        Caveats:
        -Runs warm, when you are shuffling files non-stop (viewing a photo gallery). Runs very hot, if you aren't ventilating the drive. I had mine under a pillow, and it got very hot.
        -The drive spins down, if you don't use it for a while, to save power. When you open a file again, it takes a second or two to spin back up. This can be changed in your operating system, but then the drive consumes more energy.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        4.0

        Good and Dependable

        By Martino

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photo Storage

          Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

          I have grown to like my G-Tech USB drives over the other brands. They are small, reliable, fast, and not needing an external power source.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac
           
          5.0

          Great product, quality you can count on

          By Moses O

          from Vista CA

          Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

          After a lot of research I opted to go with G-Tech for a lot of reasons. 1. Quality 2. Great reviews on this product and 3. Expandibility. I am looking forward to using this drive. So far so good, I tested the speed and it benchmarked better than my internal HDD

           
          5.0

          Great product

          By PA

          from NJ

          About Me Tech Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Laptops
            • Large Projects
            • Multimedia
            • Travel

            Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

            Use for back-up and storage of large files, for professional purposes. No headache install (plug and it works). Great speed, and great starting piece of gear to move up to Thunderbolt whenever I upgrade my Mac and get the corresponding Raid-ready enclosure. Very happy.
            We are using similar drives in production setting, and they just work and keep working.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac
             
            5.0

            Great flexible storage system

            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 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

              THis is such a flexible storage system: 3.0 USB system that can be used as a portable system of fixed one.
              It also works with the 3-g system in raid configuration

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC
               
              5.0

              Fast and Versatile

              By Mendez20

              from New York City

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Connectivity
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Large Projects
                • Multimedia

                Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                G-Drive is top of the line and this is one of the best from their family of devices. The fact that I can use it on the go via USB 3.0 and then use it as part of my RAID system is phenomenal. This is great for photography / video because there's endless possibilities to add to the amount of storage you have.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac
                 
                5.0

                Terrific little drive!

                By razman

                from Bethlehem, PA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Laptops
                  • Large Projects
                  • Multimedia
                  • Travel

                  Comments about G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE ev Portable USB 3.0 HDD:

                  I purchased the drive to hold sound multi-track sound files from my MacBook Pro that I recorded in Garageband. The drive is totally silent, (no fan) feels solid, and at 7200rpm has no trouble keeping up with edits, recording, and playback of multi-track files. And it is a great visual match to my MacBook with its solid aluminum case! The laptop finds it right away and it shows up on the desktop as an external drive into which you can quickly transfer or playback large files.

                  One slight issue is that the blue activity light on the front is a bit bright but it is not a major distraction.

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

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