G-DRIVE USB delivers high performance storage in a compact and robust yet stylish package. Featuring a remarkably fast USB 3.0 interface, this 7200RPM drive is encased in an all-aluminum enclosure that looks as good on your desk as it does on the road. It's designed for storage-intensive...
- Hard Drive: 6000 GB External
****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
Updated 12/15 - the drive seems to be dying. It is just over a year old. When powering on, it makes a series of very loud chirping noises and it has slowed down considerably. It won't start working until the chirping stops, and it it is longer and longer before it actually does stop. I have backed it up and I'm tossing it in favor of..... not sure yet. If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears. No trouble with Bluetooth or WiFi here. This drive screams. I have been editing video on a new MacBook Pro and this G-Drive with NO issues whatsoever. I just finished editing a mini doc, where at one point I had 4 camera angles. The drive just cruised right through without a single stutter or glitch. No dropped frames. 1080p, ProRes - unoptimized. I am blown away. It is a game changer for me, because now I can be completely mobile and not sacrifice anything but a bigger screen.I'd recommend this to anyone for fast transfers AND medium duty video editing.
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