• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice little drive but beware of Firewire support lacking on OS

    • Written by from London

    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)

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