The G-Technology G-DRIVE hard drive is a superb choice for projects like digital photography, audio/video editing and high-speed data backup that involve huge amounts of data. That's because its USB 3.0 and FireWire interfaces can handle enormous traffic volumes. Plus it's plug and play on Mac OSX and ready to use with Time Machine. And G-DRIVE remains cool and quiet thanks to an all-aluminium enclosure with an integrated heat-sink system.
- USB 3.0 and FireWire ports for flexible, high-speed data transfer
- Integrated heat-sink for near silent operation and cooling
- Solid all-aluminium case makes for durability and stylish looks
- Plenty of storage for digital video, music, and photo files
- Includes all cables
- Time Machine-ready, plug-and-play setup on Mac OS
- Mac OS X and Windows compatible
- Three-year factory warranty
Did you notice?The sleek aluminium enclosure delivers the best in reliability and durability.
Apple Recommends ForA perfect companion for your Mac and all your demanding applications.
What's in the Box?
- G-Technology G-DRIVE Professional External Hard Drive
- Universal AC power supply
- FireWire 800 cables; FireWire 800 to 400 cable
- USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
- Other Features: Kensington Port,Time Machine Compatible
- Connections: Firewire 400,Firewire 800,USB 2.0,USB 3.0
- Power Source: External power supply
- Height: 47 mm/1.85 in.
- Width: 130 mm/5.125 in.
- Weight: 1300 g
- Length: 235 mm/9.25 in.
- USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or FireWire port
- OS X 10.5 or later
- USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or FireWire port
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista
- Mfr. Part Number: 0G02537
- UPC or EAN No.: 705487191165
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
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Ratings & Reviews
I purchased this hard drive about 3 months ago now, i have used alot of external hardrives over the years, and have always been pa I purchased this hard drive about 3 months ago now, i have used alot of external hardrives over the years, and have always been partial to LaCie D2 series, but as more and more of them began dieing, i decided to drive another brand...This G-Technology Drive not only looks great beside my imac, with the impressive 4tb of space and its very small footprint, this thing has been flawless! I have kept it running constantly for three months straight, as i use it connected to my airport extreme as a network media server...it stays cool, has never froze, the fan is quiet, i cannot find a single flaw with this drive..i will definately be buying more to replace my aging LaCie drives! …
- Written by Chris B from Stoney Creek
46 of 47 people found this useful
What a fantastic external hard drive!
I purchased this external hard drive to use with my 2012 iMac for Time Machine.
The G-Technology drive can connect by either Fi I purchased this external hard drive to use with my 2012 iMac for Time Machine.
The G-Technology drive can connect by either Firewire or USB 3 (I use the USB 3 connection).
Before I set it up for Time Machine I wanted to see how much faster USB 3 was to USB 2. So what I did was, I had a 3.96 GB folder which contained some video's. I firstly copied this folder from my iMac to my USB 2 external hard drive and the total time took to copy was 1 minute 49 seconds.
I then copied the same folder to the G-Technology drive and it took just 24 seconds. I knew USB 3 would be faster than USB 2 but not that much faster.
For Time Machine this drive is perfect, it has masses of storage and with USB 3 speeds, Time Machine backups are done in seconds. I tend to do a Time Machine backup once a day, and with me installing a fair amount of my stuff (due to just receiving my iMac) the backups are in the region of 10-15GB. This drive completes these 10-15GB backups in around 30 seconds over USB 3.
I find the drive to be relatively quiet although not as quiet as the iMac, but that's only to be expected as this external hard drive is on the outside and not on the inside like the iMac's hard drive is.
The build quality and materials used are superb. Its made of aluminium and is an exact match for the iMac or Macbook's. The hard drive is very solidly built.
For me, this drive ticks all the boxes. Its fast, very well made, the design is a perfect compliment to the iMac or Macbooks.
I cannot recommend this drive enough. …
- Written by David T from Workington
45 of 47 people found this useful
Good External Hard Drive
Durable and Silent External Hard Drive With Good Price.
- Written by Sam K from Järvenpää
43 of 53 people found this useful
Do not buy
The G-Technology 4GB and 2TB drives are not worth the money. I have been using them for over 6 months now and always have constan The G-Technology 4GB and 2TB drives are not worth the money. I have been using them for over 6 months now and always have constant "Disk not Ejected Properly" messages whenever I have to transfer medium to large size files. Even worse this happens when using Time Machine Backup, making these drives completely unreliable.
To be fair I do not know if the problem is with these drives or with all Firewire drives. I have tried these drives on 2 other macs and experience the same problems.
To use these drives at all I have to copy files in small batches and then watch until the copy process sends without errors to know for sure that the transfer was successful. 50% of the time an error pops up forcing me to restart the process again. Total waste of time.
The Apple Time Capsules (Apple Routers with built-in hard drives), while slower in my experience, work much better.
The best possible solution for storage is internal drives. This is an expensive option on iMacs but a cheap and DIY project for Mac Pro's. …
- Written by Mark P from Montreal
G Drive 4TB drive
These drives are terrible. I will be returning this drive shortly to the Apple store where I bought it. Despite disk util saying n These drives are terrible. I will be returning this drive shortly to the Apple store where I bought it. Despite disk util saying nothing is wrong, it hangs FCP all the time, can no,t and randomly decides when it can be unmounted, spins down way to much causing problems and is is way too slow. Can not be daisy chained even with only one other FW800 drive (from a MacPro fully pimped out) tonnes of errors there that require rebooting in most cases. Very disappointed with this drive. When G Tech first came out they were good but their QC is terrible now. Previously I returned a GRaid 2TB as it had mechanical failures withing 2 weeks of operation. NOT good if you are making a living from being an editor. Who to trust? …
- Written by Francis C from Bristol
1 of 1 people found this useful
4GB Not Suitable for Time Machine
These drives spin down when not active, even when you have System Preferencs set to not let that happen. This causes a problem wi These drives spin down when not active, even when you have System Preferencs set to not let that happen. This causes a problem with both Spotlight and Time Machine. The first Time Machine backup works fine, but the second fails because the drive doesn't spin up before Time Machine times out on it. And more backups always fail because Spotlight has hung on the device at the same time. You have to reboot to clear this.
I contacted G-Technology and they told me to buy software that keeps the drive spinning by constantly using it, even when it isn't needed. There is no settings or jumpers you can change to resolve this. There are a couple of posts on the Apple Support Forums that discuss this as well.
I give it three stars because its an otherwise usable drive for normal use when you're sitting at the machine. But don't buy this if all you want it to do it Time Machine backups. …
- Written by Steve H from Sioux falls
24 of 26 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use the G-Technology 3TB G-DRIVE Professional External Hard Drive with my iMac AND my MacBookPro?
- Asked by David R from Rugeley
No answers yet
If you connect the drive to one iMac and turn on file sharing for the drive, then you can connect an If you connect the drive to one iMac and turn on file sharing for the drive, then you can connect and use the drive from another iMac. You can't typically access the same files simultaneously e.g. iPhoto. …
- Answered by Gerald B from Lower Sackville
The drive has a USB 3.0 connection, so this is a later version than the Gen 4. The Ge Hi Dudley,
The drive has a USB 3.0 connection, so this is a later version than the Gen 4. The Gen 4 had a USB 2.0 connection.
Unfortunately the G-Technology G-DRIVE does not have 'hardware encryption', but they are great drives.
I hope this helps. …
- Answered by Adrian C from Santa Ana
Will the hard drive work with my mac book pro if i plug it into my airport extreme?
- Asked by Louis N
what speed is the hard drive. 720rps? I want to use it to cut HD footage on FCP7. will it cope?
- Asked by Samuel S
According to the manufacturer's website, it is a 7,200 rpm drive.
- Answered by Mark W from Lake Forest