G-DRIVE mini is the perfect device if you’re looking for high performance from a portable storage device. Featuring USB 3.0 and FireWire, the G-DRIVE mini is versatile, works with Time Machine and has storage capacities of up to 1TB, always with 7200RPM hard drives. The G-DRIVE mini also has an integrated heat sink to ensure a silent operation while it never gets too hot. And this durable drive is housed in a compact all-aluminium case.
- USB 3.0 and FireWire ports for outstanding performance
- 7200 RPM for the ultimate on-the-go performance
- Bus-powered hub eliminates the need for a separate power connection
- Integrated heat-sink for near-silent operation and cooling for long life and data reliability
- Solid all-aluminium case makes for easy portability
- Large storage capacity handles documents, music, digital video and photo files
- Ships complete with all cables
- Works with Time Machine, plug-and-play setup on Mac OS
- Mac OS X and Windows compatible
Did you notice?The G-DRIVE mini has an all-aluminium case, making it extra durable.
Apple Recommends ForThe ideal companion for busy content creators who use the most demanding applications wherever they go with their Macs.
What's in the Box?
- G-Technology G-DRIVE mini USB 3.0 High-Speed Portable Hard Drive
- Two FireWire cables (800)
- USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
- Protective carrying case
- Other Features: Time Machine compatible
- Connections: Firewire 800, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
- Power Source: Bus Powered
- Height: 23 mm/0.9 in.
- Width: 126.2 mm/4.97 in.
- Weight: 520 g
- Length: 81 mm/3.18 in.
- OS X 10.5 or later
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
- Mfr. Part Number: 0G02576
- UPC or EAN No.: 705487191301
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Ratings & Reviews
Ah, Firewire is so nice...
Tried the 2TB Seagate BackUp Plus USB3/USB2 drive first and after partitioning with the Mac10.8.2 Disk Utility--one of the partit Tried the 2TB Seagate BackUp Plus USB3/USB2 drive first and after partitioning with the Mac10.8.2 Disk Utility--one of the partitions would not mount. After eight hours of trying to fix, I gave up, went to the Apple Store and replaced the Seagate with this 1TB G-Drive mini.
The G-Drive is a very nice drive, as I easily and quickly patitioned for both a SuperDuper Bootable Backup and Time Machine. I think I'll stick with this brand and Firewire. …
- Written by Terry J. C from Lakewood
67 of 69 people found this useful
Fantastic fast portable drive
I bought this drive to hold all my media when editing with Final Cut Pro X. It's beautifully designed, very quiet, and very fast ( I bought this drive to hold all my media when editing with Final Cut Pro X. It's beautifully designed, very quiet, and very fast (I have copied files to it via USB 3.0 at around 128 MB/second).
It can play back full quality optimised 1080p 50p video with no glitches whatsoever. However, I have not done any multicam editing in FCPX yet, so I can't comment on how it would perform in that situation.
I liked the drive so much, a week later I bought a second which now holds a backup of all my Final Cut Pro X media!
- Small form factor
- Very quiet
- Very fast
- Good range of ports (one USB 2 / 3, two FireWire 800)
- All cables come in the box
- Comes with a leather carrying case which has room for both the drive and one interface cable
- No A/C adaptor in the box if you ever wanted to use it attached to a non-powered USB hub ... although how many people would actually have that problem these days?
- The leather case is rather thin and flimsy, the complete opposite of the drive itself! A little more thought could have made the case a much more pleasurable thing to use ...
Overall a highly recommendable drive. …
- Written by David H from Leatherhead
46 of 46 people found this useful
I have been using the G-Drive Mini for several months on two different Macs, carrying it in a backpack to and from weekly classes I have been using the G-Drive Mini for several months on two different Macs, carrying it in a backpack to and from weekly classes in the Apple Store, to Starbucks, on vacation and to my office. I bought it to use as my drive to store my Final Cut Pro X event, project and output files. At home I connect it to my Mac Mini, while else where to my MBP 13". This drive, connected via FireWire 800, has worked like a charm. …
- Written by MICHAEL D from ARLINGTON
14 of 16 people found this useful
Nice little drive but beware of Firewire support lacking on OS
Great drive, nicely made and you cannot fault G-Tech for the product quality, design, looks and performance.
It is remarkably Great drive, nicely made and you cannot fault G-Tech for the product quality, design, looks and performance.
It is remarkably compact and comes with a handy carry pouch (although I suspect most users will be leaving this drive permanently connected) and the two cables you may need, Firewire and USB 3.0.
The only downside is the very bright white LED which is permanently on, even when the unit powers-down when connected using USB 3.0.
The BIG flaw however is not of G-Tech's making but Apple. It seems to be that under Mavericks and currently releases of Mac OS that Firewire support is being downgraded. So if you have an old pre USB 3.0 or pre-thunderbolt machine where you want to use Firewire over USB, then the unit will be severely compromised. Power to the unit is permanently on and there is no power-down handshaking with Firewire. Unfortunately the G-Tech drive is simply not designed to be left on 24/7 and the recommendation from their tech support is therefore that you physically disconnect the drive daily (apparently it does spin down after 15 minutes of inactivity but I have discovered this is not always the case). If you search a number of BBs it appears that Apple may be trying to phase out Firewire support and providing reasons to avoid using Firewire connectivity would be one way of doing this.
So my recommendation is: great drive if you don't use the Firewire cables but stick to using USB 3.0 (and if so, there are perhaps alternative drives out there, even by G-Tech, you should be using) …
- Written by Jon G from London
Bought one to use with Time Machine to back up both a Mac Mini and a MacBook Pro. Whilst the capacity is limited, its enough for a Bought one to use with Time Machine to back up both a Mac Mini and a MacBook Pro. Whilst the capacity is limited, its enough for a few back ups of each in case anything should go wrong.
I was amazed how simple it is to use. Connect it to the Mac and it takes power via USB or Firewire cable so no external supply needed.
The drive comes ready formatted in the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" format so was detected and available to use as soon as it was plugged into the Mac and switched on.
The MacBook Pro automatically opened the Time Machine set up when it detected the drive connected via USB, and all you have to do is say that you want to use it and decide whether to encrypt the back ups. The Mac then gets going with the first back up and schedules hourly backups to follow. If you don't want the hourly backups simply eject the drive once the first back up is complete and reconnect when you next want to use it. Once the drive isn't connected the Mac doesn't complain that its not there so you can control when its available and back ups are running.
I've used it with both USB3 and Firewire connections and USB3 is noticeably faster, but its nice to have the flexibility of connections as Mac Mini ports are limited without hooking up an external USB hub. …
- Written by George C from Sheffield
2 of 2 people found this useful
Great Little Drive
I bought this in October 2013 because it had Firewire and was bus powered, and would be great to travel with as it's small, light I bought this in October 2013 because it had Firewire and was bus powered, and would be great to travel with as it's small, light and comes with it's own carry case. I use it to back-up using Super Duper, as part of my two drive back-up approach. My other drive was a Seagate, which has recently failed, because the AC plug on the base no longer works (so now a perfectly good drive in every other way is useless, as was Seagate customer service, meaning they have lost a customer).
I love this G-Drive mini. It's fast, quiet, has an on/off switch on the back and packs a big punch in a small package. So good is it that I am about to buy another one to take over from the Seagate. …
- Written by IAN S from MACQUARIE FIELDS
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I contacted G-Technology and they confirmed this is a serious problem with this drive if connected v I contacted G-Technology and they confirmed this is a serious problem with this drive if connected via Firewire as the current OS does power-down the drive, so it stays permanently on which is not something the drive was designed for. They recommend you unmount and switch off the unit daily. If so there are better and cheaper drives out there. …
- Answered by Jon G
Will it work with a G4 OS10.5.8 powerPC
- Asked by John B
No answers yet
Can the new 21” iMac’s USB power it?
- Asked by Chung-pui K
Not a problem!
The new iMacs feature USB 3.0, which will provide more-than-enough power for the d Not a problem!
The new iMacs feature USB 3.0, which will provide more-than-enough power for the drive. Because the drive is bus-powered, you will not require an external power source!
- Answered by Teij S from Chilliwack
Can you use this with iTunes?
- Asked by Tim R from Kew
Tim, can you be more specific. What do you want to use with iTunes?
- Answered by Michael B from Fpo
Told that you should not have Time Machine and your clone on the same physical disk-should be on different drives in case of a drive failure -thoughts
- Asked by Donald Z from Las Vegas
That makes sense. What I do is, I put both on the same drive but I have duplicates, that is I have t That makes sense. What I do is, I put both on the same drive but I have duplicates, that is I have two drives which contain almost the same information: I rotate them, one day I back up to drive A, the next day to drive B.
I also, naturally, keep the drives in separate locations.
Hope this helps. …
- Answered by Wolfgang Z
can i use iMacs thunderbolt port with this device with a firewire/thunderbolt adapter
- Asked by Stuart D from Rolling Hills Estates
You would not achieve the same 10Gb/ps (1.25 GB/ps) sequential read/write speeds of Absolutely!
You would not achieve the same 10Gb/ps (1.25 GB/ps) sequential read/write speeds of Thunderbolt, but it would definitely work. Just make sure you buy the Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor, because it will not work the other way around.
But, you can also use the built in USB 2.0/3.0 port that came built-in on your iMac. The data transfer rates will be faster, if your iMac features USB 3.0.
- Answered by Teij S from Chilliwack