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Two new storage products from G-Tech, one with secret sauce!

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We are big fans of G-Technology storage and use their products on a day to day basis, in fact we are using a Thunderbolt drive of theirs right here at NAB. They had two new products on the stand so we thought we would take a look as one has some special ingredients.

On the stand, G-Techology were demonstrating the G-Dock ev with removable  drives and the G-Drive Pro which promises faster speeds from the internal drives.

The G-Dock ev is the first unit in a new range of removable drives called the Evolution series. The main unit has two Thunderbolt ports on the back as you would expect, but it also has two removable drive slots on the front.

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The G-DOCK ev ships with two 1TB removable and portable G-DRIVE ev external hard drive modules that can be hot swapped by ejecting the media from the desktop and then pushing the solid button on the actual unit. The idea is rather than have a shelf full of drives, you can purchase additional G-DRIVE ev modules to plugin. The modules have a robust connector on the back and a USB3 port so that they can be used in the field without the dock.

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The modules come in two flavours, one being slightly larger than the other, but a door swings down when using the thinner of the two.

The G-DRIVE ev module has transfer rates of up to 136MB/s and is available in 1TB or 500GB capacities. The fatter G-DRIVE ev PLUS has transfer rates up to 250MB/s and comes in a 1 TB capacity. The 500GB or 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules can be purchased separately for a MSRP of $149.95 and $199.95, respectively. The G-DRIVE ev PLUS modules will be available this summer for $349.95 MSRP.

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The second product G-Technology were demonstrating was the very mysterious G-Drive Pro. It's looks familiar and is a slimmer in height than their other Thunderbolt drives, but there's some new technology inside. 

'G-Technology’s well-known G-DRIVE design, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. The broader creative professional market now has access to an extremely high-performance, high-capacity and portable editing solution for maintaining 2K and 4K workflows.'

So a pretty fast drive, so fast that two of these daisy chained together will actually max out a Thunderbolt port. We don't think it takes a genius to work out that they are using flash memory as a buffer just like Apple's Fusion Drive. G-Technology won't let on though!

The G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be available this summer, the MSRP for the 4TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be $849.95. A 2TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be available for $699.95.

We think this will set a trend with hard drive manufacturers and we expect to see a range of 'fusion style' drives appear from all the main drive companies. As we have seen with Apple's Fusion Drive, the technology really does work and it allows flash memory speeds at spinning drive prices.

We might well be first in the queue for one of these :)

 


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