G-Tech G-RAID Removable
A high-performance RAID drive with plenty of storage for desktop Macs
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.