CES 2013: G-Technology Upgrades G-DRIVE mini, G-RAID mini with High-Capacity Drives from HGST

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G-Technology is known for producing a line of external storage peripherals for both PCs and Macs, though it’s really the latter market that the company generally targets. Today, G-Technology announced an update to two of its G-DRIVE lines, the G-DRIVE mini and the G-RAID mini.

G-Technology G-RAID mini G-DRIVE mini

The G-DRIVE mini takes advantage of HGST’s new 1TB, 2.5-inch, 9mm drive that spins at 7200 RPM. The drive is a first for the industry – a portable hard drive with a 9mm thickness that manages to spin at 7200 RPM. The G-DRIVE mini clads the drive in a silver aluminum case, which simultaneously acts as the speedy drive’s heatsink. It also adds USB 3.0 compatibility and FireWire 800 ports.

The G-RAID mini, on the other hand, packs a pair of these new high-speed drives in a single silver case. With its RAID capabilities, it’s designed to be a sort of on-location disk array for users who need a lot of bandwidth – think photographers, videographers, film editors, etc.    You can take advantage of G-Technology’s included software to switch the G-RAID mini between RAID 0 – for when you need a portable high-bandwidth storage solution, and RAID 1 – for when you need definite mobile data protection.

Both new drives will come pre-formatted in HFS+ for ultimate Mac compatibility, but Windows users can format them in NTFS. The 1TB G-DRIVE mini is available now for $199.95, while the larger, faster, 2TB G-RAID mini will hit store shelves in later this month for $449.95.

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