• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Time Machine

    • Written by from Maidstone

    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.....

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Good

    • Written by from Gerrards Cross

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    G Drive 4TB drive

    • Written by from Bristol

    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?

    10 of 14 people found this useful