Storage Review by Josh Shaman
The G-Technology G-DRIVE 4TB is a high-capacity desktop storage device. Just a couple of weeks ago, we reviewed its sibling G-DRIVE mini 1TB and found a lot to like leaving us with high expectations for this bigger brother. The G-DRIVE 4TB is an update on previous models and now offers USB 3.0 connectivity and doubled capacity at 4TB. This model is designed for Mac users who want a sleek, rugged enclosure that has loads of connectivity. In line with the rest of the HGST G-Technology, the G-DRIVE 4TB is likely to be a favorite amongst Mac users and creative professionals for its style, performance, and reliability.
Compared to the mini, the larger drive does come with much larger proportions (note the dimensions). So while the G-DRIVE mini was easy to tote at the size of a pack of cards, this model is book-sized making it less portable. On the other hand, inside the tough enclosure sits a substantial Hitachi 3.5" 4TB 7,200 RPM drive. While Hitachi could've gone with a lower-cost 5,400 RPM drive, they upped the ante and went for performance. Also, by including dual FireWire cords and a USB 3.0 cord, the 4TB keeps in line with its sibling and goes beyond what other external drives offer in terms of accessories. Consumers will also be pleased that the G-DRIVE comes preformatted for Mac but can also be formatted for NTFS or FAT32 for Windows users.
The G-DRIVE USB 3.0 ships in 2TB and 4TB capacities, both with a three-year warranty. Our review model is 4TB and carries a street price of $325.
G-Technology G-DRIVE 4 TB Specifications
- Capacity: 4TB
- 7,200 RPM 3.5" hard drive, 64MB cache
- Interface: 1xUSB 3.0, 2xFireWire 800
- Included in box: 1 USB 3.0 cable, 2 FireWire cables (800; 800 to 400)
- Cooling System: Integrated heat sink
- Size (LxWxH): 9.25" x 5.24" x 1.82" / 235 x 130 x 46mm
- Weight: 2.98 lb / 1.35 kg
Design and Build
The G-DRIVE matches current generation Mac notebooks that would likely pair with this type of external hard drive. The entire body is strong, aluminum, perforated in the front and on the sides for ventilation. In addition to looking modern and refined, the G-DRIVE has structural integrity and stands up to substantial pressure. read more...
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