Despite our constant exposure to tech gear, we’re always amazed at the advances in storage. We still fondly remember floppy disks of the 3.5- and 5.25-inch varieties–yes, the ones that held a single megabyte or so at best. These days, we all expect to have hundreds of gigabytes of storage in our machines, but that doesn’t mean external drives aren’t a must-have. G-Technology’s G Drive brings high-speed, high-capacity storage to your desktop, and it’s clad in a slick design that will look right at home with the rest of your equipment.
The G Drive mimics Apple’s “cheese grater” styling of the Mac Pro, and, in fact, it’s designed to perch atop a Pro. Inside the aluminum case, the G Drive sports a 7200RPM mechanism for super-speedy data access. The front of the drive features a white LED that indicates if the drive is powered up, and it brightens when the drive is being accessed. It’s a small touch, but we appreciated it when we needed to quickly check the drive’s status. G Drive is available in three capacities, from 500GB to 2TB, so even the biggest data pack rats can find a place to stash their stuff (for now). The drive features an Oxford 934 chipset, comes formatted as Mac OS Extended, and can be used straight from the box as a Time Machine volume.
For maximum flexibility, the G Drive features four interfaces. Whether you need USB, FireWire 400/800, or eSATA connectivity, the drive has you covered. Using the USB 2.0 interface, we achieved 19.32 MBps read and 16.59 MBps write. Switching over to FireWire 800, we were able to achieve read speeds of 80.76 MBps and write speeds of 67.26MBps.
We had no problems sleeping or waking the G Drive alongside our Macs, and it worked flawlessly as a Time Machine volume. But because of its Mac Pro–inspired design, the G Drive has a rather large footprint compared to other externals, and the case design doesn’t let the drive stand vertically. It’s not a problem if you want to stack the drive atop a Mac Pro, but a vertical stand for everyone else would have been a nice option. And if you do serious audio work or are just sensitive to noise, the 2 TB drive mechanism in our test unit is pretty loud, particularly if you have the drive on the your desk alongside your Mac—G-Technology assures us that the 1TB version is quieter.