G-Tech 1TB G-DRIVE mobile Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Hard Drive

G-Tech 1TB G-DRIVE mobile Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Hard Drive

$199.95

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 14 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    G-Technology's G-DRIVE mobile Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 hard drive is easy to set up and carry anywhere with your MacBook for storing your most important digital video, music, and documents. Inside its sleek, beveled aluminum case is a high-performance 7200 RPM hard drive with a choice of ultral-fast Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 connectivity. It's also bus powered, so there’s no need to carry an external AC power supply.

    About Thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.

    PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.

    Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.

    Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.

  • Highlights

    • High-speed Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 connectivity
    • Up to 136 MB/sec transfer rates
    • Stylish aluminum enclosure
    • Bus powered via Thunderbolt or USB
    • Plug-and-play Mac OS setup and easily reformatted for Windows
    • Apple Time Machine compatible
    • Thunderbolt cable included
    • Three-year limited warranty
  • Did you notice?

    Delivers Thunderbolt and 3.0 connectivity along with 7200-RPM performance.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Handy, bus-powered storage for taking along your essential files and backing them up wherever you go with your MacBook.
  • What's in the Box?

    • G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile Thunderbolt/USB hard drive
    • Thunderbolt cable
    • USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0)
    • Quick start guide
  • Tech Specs

    • Other Features: Time Machine compatible
    • Connections: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
    • Power Source: Bus Powered, External power supply
    • Height: 0.71 in./1.9 cm
    • Width: 3.27 in./8.3 cm
    • Weight: 10.4 oz./294.84 g
    • Length: 5 in./12.7 cm
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • Mac OS X v10.7 or later

    Windows

    • Windows 8/7/Vista
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 0G03040
    • UPC or EAN No.: 705487193183

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: Three-year limited

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Very fast little drive. I just wish G-Technology offered an SSD version!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Indeed as the other reviewer points out, the G-Drive Mobile has an elegant and very minimalistic design. It's bus powered which re Indeed as the other reviewer points out, the G-Drive Mobile has an elegant and very minimalistic design. It's bus powered which reduces cable clutter, is fanless so noise is very minimal, and it uses Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 so it's very fast. My current setup has all USB ports on my iMac being used up with one unused Thunderbolt port left, so this drive was perfect for me. I was happy to finally see a respectable Mac drive manufacturer make a bus powered Thunderbolt drive.

    The only thing I really wish is for G-Technology to also offer an SSD version of this drive. However anyone looking for mass storage will love this drive.

    • Written by from Pittsburg

    127 of 145 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Very fast little drive. I just wish G-Technology offered an SSD version!
  • Yes! I like this

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a super fast hard drive both thunderbolt and usb 3.0, I really recommend more than the Buffalo. Elegant design.

    • Written by from New York

    87 of 106 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Yes! I like this
  • Better than hoped for

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I used the Thunderbolt cable, not the USB-3 cable.

    It performs better than I had hoped for on my 2012 13" MacBook Air -2 GHz i7 I used the Thunderbolt cable, not the USB-3 cable.

    It performs better than I had hoped for on my 2012 13" MacBook Air -2 GHz i7 processor, 8 GB memory, 256 GB Flash drive. It is silent and fast beyond expectations. As a backup drive (not Time Machine), no setup is required -- installation is instantaneous. Next week, I will try installing another identical G-Tech drive for Time Machine purposes on a 2014 21.5" iMac (also 256 Flash drive) being delivered to me.

    I bought the G-Tech drive at an Apple Store. A salesperson told me that G-Tech drives generally are for business, and that this drive is a high-end consumer product.

    • Written by from CLARK

    60 of 68 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Better than hoped for
  • Nice little expensive drive!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt equipped peripherals are more expensive than they need to be but at least this one works.
    I have worked on apple prod Thunderbolt equipped peripherals are more expensive than they need to be but at least this one works.
    I have worked on apple products since 1980, starting with an oscilloscope and a soldering iron, so I think I know what I am talking about! Since I still work as a mac mechanic, semi-retired! I had need of a small portable storage device for my clients. Something that could take advantage of the tbolt port speed when the usb port is only a slow 2.0.
    It has meet this need for me on many macs so far. Having the USB 3.0 too is great. The speed limitation of this product is really the electro-mechanical disk drive itself. If you are a tech, you can void the warranty and pop an ssd inside the case for some real speed. Or, just look around for a thunderbolt enclosure for a lot less $$once they become more common for consumers and install a small SSD.
    Using various software tools, I use it as a startup drive with all sorts of diagnostics to run on customer macs and it has enough storage to also back up my clients macs as fast as possible with todays technology.

    • Written by from San Rafael
    Was this useful? Nice little expensive drive!
  • Really powerful, but also very fragile

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This drive works amazingly fast. I edit videos off of it with no problems, and it transfers huge files very quickly. My only compl This drive works amazingly fast. I edit videos off of it with no problems, and it transfers huge files very quickly. My only complaint is that it's extremely fragile, so you have to be careful handling it. My drive got damaged, but I will be purchasing this one again because I liked it so much.

    • Written by from Richmond Hill
    Was this useful? Really powerful, but also very fragile
  • Broke after 2 months of light use

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought this drive to store some Windows programs to use on bootcamp, and I only used it a few times over the last month. Over th I bought this drive to store some Windows programs to use on bootcamp, and I only used it a few times over the last month. Over the holidays, I used it for a few hours straight and the drive just stopped working. It now makes an audible clicking sound when plugged in, and does nothing else.

    The drive is poorly designed. It does look nice, but if you plan on actually using the drive as anything but an aesthetic paperweight, I would advise against spending your money on this.

    I will be RMA'ing the drive, but I am not sure if I will ever trust my data on this poorly engineered device.

    • Written by from Gainesville

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Broke after 2 months of light use

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