G-DRIVE USB G1 10TB Silver PA
- Hard Drive: 10 TB
****UPDATE April 7, 2017 (After 2 years of use)****This drive is still running strong and functioning as it should. I have went to further add another one (a 5TB) to my arsenal as my data has grown over time. And yes, they do come in 5TB; I got it off a really really good deal that I simply could not pass up.So now I stack them 3 high and thinking about whether or not to put spacers between them for better ventilation. To maximize the heat sinking conductivity, I would use something metallic (like those mint boxes) to space between them. But the added height would mean there is a higher chance of toppling over.TIP: If you are using more than one of the same drives, I would advise you to label all the drives themselves, the USB data cables and the power cables such as "1" "2" and "3" with something as simple as a marker or some tape or color code the tape.I do now use a powered USB 3.0 HooToo 9-Port 60 Watts USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart Charging Ports and 7 Data Transfer Ports for iPhone, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad, PC and More and they work smoothly!I will update again soon! Hope that helps!Thanks.-Danny*****UPDATE Aug 8, 2015 (After 4 months of use)*****This drive got full with the amount of photos that I have been storing on it. So far, no troubles at all. Runs very fast. I use this with my Retina MacBook Pro 15.4" - Early 2013. The amount of space has been dwindling down on me for a couple weeks and there are no issues with this drive running slow or giving any sort of problems even when I have only a few GBs left of free space.So I have decided to purchase another one of these drives since I LOVE this drive so much. I use these drives simply for backup storage at home. This drive gives me the best value and reliability for home use (when I say "home use," I am referring to being able to have access to an electrical outlet to power this drive). I use separate external drives that are portable when I am on the go.I will attach some photos of my 2 drives stacked up on each other. The bottom one is on top of 2 Altoids Metal Mint Boxes to allow for better ventilation. The metal boxes also acts as a heat sink that disperses heat. I do have a laptop fan on the side that is cooling these guys down. These drives do get a bit hot when transferring tons of files, but this DIY home trick sure do helps to cool these guys down quite a bit!Replacement Cables: Do a search on "SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A to B Cable" without the quotes. Or here are some: Cable Matters® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A to B Cable in Black 10 Feet These are pretty common to find. Any brand should be able to work.ORIGINAL REVIEW:Love it! Great price! Most bang for your buck for a reliable product!The price of this product at the time of my purchase is $189.95. I had to decide between this product and the G-Technology G-DRIVE 4 TB 7200 RPM Professional-Strength External Hard Drive, Silver (0G02537) which is priced at $279.95.Differences:The additional features of the 0G02537 is that it has a 2 leg base and an integrated heat-sink and it keeps the drive a bit more ventilated and a firewire port (who still uses firewire these days right? :/). I could do the same with this G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE G1 Hard Drive but placing 2 Altoids Mint boxes. That saves me about $90.00. To me I didn't need the additional fancy heat sink. The case itself IS the heat sink! You can buy a heat sink for less than $5.00 and put it on the G1 if you like lolSimilarities:Both are 7200RPMBoth are 4TBBoth have a solid all-aluminum caseBoth are powered through a power cord rather than a USB cableBoth have an on/off button at the backI am a photographer and I have quite a number of files. I use this as a backup. I can transfer close to 800GB of photos within a couple hours on my rmbp. Over all, the G1 drive performs better than I anticipated. Works really fast with my MacBook Pro via usb 3.0. I am very satisfied with this product. This is probably the most bang for your buck for a reliable product.Hope this helps you.Thanks,-Danny
So far so good. My new 4TB drive stores back-ups fast. It takes some getting use to: is the flashing light normal? is that clicking sound normal? is it suppose to be on all the time (while computer sleeps)? is it going to survive when heating up over a big data transfer? Lots of questions and no answers in the manual or online. I suppose if you search ad nauseum for answers you will find someone from Fargo or Timbuktu on a forum, but it would be nice for the company to package the @#$#&* answers that they KNOW people need to have answered in one place. Otherwise, thanks to the good people in Fargo and Timbuktu, I chose what I think was the best choice for my back up needs.
I'm using this G-Drive 6TB (7200rpm) external drive to manage about 3TB of existing Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) material and for all new video material. I'm an FCPX "hobbyist" not a "professional" so I wasn't prepared to spend significantly more for a faster Thunderbolt drive to use with my new iMac (2017). My previous drives were also G-Drives, but they were FW800 drives (3TB & 2TB) and would have required two separate adapters to connect to the Thunderbolt 3 port on the new iMac.RESULTS: All my footage is shot in 1080i and I haven't experience any noticeable lag in FCPX using the USB 3.0 connected G-Drive to my iMac.I've attached a screenshot of the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test (free App from the Apple Store) that I used to stress test the G-Drive. This free app is an easy-to-use tool to quickly measure and certify disk performance when working with high quality video. I'm please with the results for my G-Drive based on MY use. Based on the test results, there should be no "speed" issues with the G-Drive for the type of video I work with in FCPX.Setup:iMac 27" Retina 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 (2017)1TB SSD24GB MemoryG-Technology G-Drive 6TB USB 3.0