G-Tech G-RAID Re­mov­able

A high-per­for­mance RAID drive with plenty of stor­age for desk­top Macs

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer G-Tech, g-tech­nol­ogy.com/uk Con­nec­tiv­ity USB 3.0, FireWire 800, eSATA Pro­vides up to 12TB stor­age USB 3, FireWire 800 and eSATA

There’s noth­ing fancy about the G-RAID drive, but it’s a good op­tion for cre­ative users who need plenty of re­li­able stor­age.

De­signed with G-Tech’s trade­mark alu­minium chas­sis, the G-RAID drive is a smart, if chunky, desk­top drive that re­quires its own power sup­ply. Prices start at around £320 for a model with 4TB ca­pac­ity (con­sist­ing of two 2TB drives), but there are 8TB and 12TB mod­els avail­able for £525 and £840. Those prices are higher than con­ven­tional hard drives, but the G-RAID in­cludes a num­ber of fea­tures that help it earn its keep.

The G-RAID is equipped with USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800 in­ter­faces, so it’s a good op­tion for own­ers of older Macs that still have FireWire. There’s no Thun­der­bolt ports, but then you’d re­ally need solid-state stor­age to ben­e­fit fully from the speed of Thun­der­bolt.

The G-RAID also pro­vides a num­ber of RAID op­tions. It’s for­mat­ted for RAID 0, and this pro­vides read and write speeds of 57MB/s and 77MB/s when us­ing the FireWire in­ter­face, and 93MB/s and 194MB/s with USB 3.0. The speed with USB 3.0 is good for a tra­di­tional hard drive, so the lack of Thun­der­bolt isn’t a big weak­ness, and you can re­for­mat the drive us­ing RAID 1 for ex­tra data pro­tec­tion. Cliff Joseph

Good per­for­mance and re­mov­able drives make this a ver­sa­tile stor­age sys­tem for your im­por­tant work files.

Firewire and USB 3.0 make the G-RAID a good op­tion for both cur­rent and older Macs.

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