G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 Professional Hard Drive

G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 Professional Hard Drive

A$399.95

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 15 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    A 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
    • USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Tech Specs

    • 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.
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or FireWire port
    • OS X 10.5 or later

    Windows

    • USB 3.0, USB 2.0 or FireWire port
    • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 0G02537
    • UPC or EAN No.: 705487191165

    Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products

    • Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • 4GB Not Suitable for Time Machine

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Sioux falls

    82 of 87 people found this useful

    Was this useful? 4GB Not Suitable for Time Machine
  • Perfect!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Stoney Creek

    62 of 64 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Perfect!
  • What a fantastic external hard drive!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Workington

    50 of 52 people found this useful

    Was this useful? What a fantastic external hard drive!
  • I wouldn't say it is perfect but it is darn good

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I use it as a network drive via USB 2.0 cable plugged into the back of my router. It does spin down when not used so there is a ty I use it as a network drive via USB 2.0 cable plugged into the back of my router. It does spin down when not used so there is a typical delay upon wake up. It is quiet and stays cool even with continuous use. I have several hundred ripped DVD movies stored on it and I stream them via Apple TV and it works flawless for this, I also use it for Time Capsule and it also works flawless in that application.

    Why 4 stars and not 5? The wake up could be smoother.

    • Written by from Roseville
    Was this useful? I wouldn't say it is perfect but it is darn good
  • Does not work with Time Machine

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I decided to invest in a new external drive specifically for Time Machine. Instead of sticking to my standard Western Digital driv I decided to invest in a new external drive specifically for Time Machine. Instead of sticking to my standard Western Digital drives I decided to look for something different and saw the G-Technology drives in the Apple Store.

    These drives are very solidly made and the design is really sleek and impressive, much better than the standard WD black boxes (but a lot more expensive also). The only trouble is they don't work with Time Machine. There is a known issue (allegedly related to file permissions) that results Time Machine 'write errors'.

    Various workarounds (swapping the drive, upgrading the firmware) do not work but switching to USB did (it seems there may be a known Firewire problem). Only problem is this may not be a good fix for older Macs running USB 2.0.

    G-Technology are saying its a known Apple problem (Time Machine). The Apple Store still states "Plus it's plug and play on Mac OSX and ready to use with Time Machine". So beware, you are unlikely to get a refund because G-Technology say the drive is not faulty or because you swapped the drive for a later model in the hope it may work.

    Nice looking drive though. Oh, and it is noisy.....

    • Written by from Maidstone

    1 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Does not work with Time Machine
  • Not Good

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Umm... firstly as stated before by a number of people, these drives are noisy, spin up and down randomly and blink away in the eve Umm... firstly as stated before by a number of people, these drives are noisy, spin up and down randomly and blink away in the evening in a way I can only assume is to warn off ships from the rocks.

    Aside from all that though, they seem to have a finite life of around 12 to 18 months and then fail. I have had three of theses, 2 x 2TB and a 4TB for Time Machine. I have had all of them fail within the above timeframe which is appalling considering the price.

    Switching to something else because protecting my data is important to me and I do not trust these drives any more.

    • Written by from Gerrards Cross

    4 of 4 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Not Good

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