G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt Review

StorageReview.com by Adam Armstrong

The HGST G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 is a stylish, easily portable, and durable 1TB portable hard drive. The G-DRIVE mobile is small enough to take just about anywhere and it is bus powered with no need to pack an AC adapter. The aluminum finish makes it look like a perfect match up next to the newer MacBooks. The G-DRIVE mobile is formatted for Macintosh and Time Machine compatible but can easily be reformatted for PC.

High capacity, compact storage is great for users that take their work on the go. Whether you are a photographer, an artist, a video editor, or just an avid traveler that takes their work with them, having a small powerful backup is always a good idea. The bus powering makes the device even more portable as there is no need to pack extra cords. The new G-DRIVE Mobile not only has a Thunderbolt interface for faster transfer speeds, the drive speed is 7200 RPM, a big improvement over the 5400 RPM speed of its predecessor. Also, unlike its predecessors, the new G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt in completely incased in aluminum (its predecessors sides were black as opposed to being all one solid color).

Design And Build

The HGST G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt is slightly larger than an iPhone 5 in size though about twice as thick and roughly three times as heavy. It has a solid aluminum case that would fit right in with any Apple computer made over the last few years but still looks good next to any laptop. The front of the device is solid aluminum with the G emblem in the upper center and a Thunderbolt emblem in the upper right hand corner.

The sides and back are the same shade of solid aluminum. This is an improvement over older models that had black sides. While not necessarily providing a functional benefit it is quite the aesthetic improvement. The top of the device has both the Thunderbolt port in the center and a USB 3.0 Micro-B port to the right. The bottom of the device has a small light indicating use on the right hand side. read more...

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