Review: G-Technology?s G-Drive USB is a pro-grade Mac hard drive at consumer prices, in 2TB-6TB sizes
9to5Mac by Jeremy Horwitz
Professional video editors and filmmakers have raved about G-Technology?s hard drives for over a decade. These users ? day-one adopters of Apple?s Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers ? need a lot of hard disk space, fast interfaces, and above all else, reliability. Losing part or all of a project can kill a movie, so nothing is left to chance on the storage side. I?m not a video professional, but as a father, my family photos and home videos are some of my most valuable possessions, and I don?t want to lose them to a hard drive failure. Numerous recommendations led me to Hitachi subsidiary G-Technology?s G-Drives years ago, and now there?s a new entry-level model that?s affordable enough for everyone: G-Drive USB ($160-$400).
G-Drive USB offers all the capacity, speed and reliability G-Tech drives are known for, but in a smaller enclosure with fewer ports on the back. I?ve been testing one for the past month, and it?s as excellent as the five earlier G-Tech drives I?ve used since 2006. G-Drive USB isn?t the cheapest hard drive around, but when you care about long-term reliability, it?s worth paying a premium for peace of mind.
I?ve loved the industrial designs of LaCie hard drives for a long time, but from my perspective, if the actual hard drive mechanism isn?t certain to be reliable after a couple of years ? a known but somewhat undiscussed issue with many brands of hard drives ? the casing doesn?t matter. G-Technology?s desktop hard disks offer the best of both worlds: a substantial-feeling, Mac-matching perforated aluminum enclosure, plus a 7200RPM hard drive inside, backed by a 3-year warranty.
Apart from four clear white rubber feet on the bottom and a glowing white G status light on front, G-Drive USB is completely made from metal, and if you love Apple?s Mac designs, beautiful in its own right. Measuring 5? wide by 7.7? deep by 1.26? tall, it?s a half-inch shorter and 1.5? shallower than the standard G-Drive, a substantial savings in size that makes the USB version easier to move around if needed. G-Technology has slimmed the unit as much as is practical to house a full-sized hard drive ? the only mechanical disk size we?d trust with important files, photos, and videos. Smaller laptop hard drives tend to compromise reliability for size, which isn?t wise for backups or important files. read more...
Unbelievable quality, unbelievable price!
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