G-Technology G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt

April 9, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | 2 Comments |
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G-Technology has just introduced its new G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt, a compact external hard drive promising “solid-state-drive-like sustained performance.” Leveraging G-Technology’s G-Drive design, the new G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. “An uncompressed 2K digital video format consumes more than one terabyte per hour and requires approximately 305 megabytes per second sustained throughput for smooth editing with no dropped frames,” the company says. “These high-resolution video formats, along with the rising popularity of higher megapixel DSLR cameras that shoot professional 2K video, have created a need for a new high-performance storage solution designed to meet the needs of today’s digital content creators.” The recommended retail price for the 4TB G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt will be £674.95. A 2TB version will be available for £554.95.

G-technology Press Release

G-TECHNOLOGY™ DELIVERS SOLID STATE DRIVE-LIKE SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE IN A COMPACT EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE SOLUTION

Bringing Professional Tools to the Masses, G-Technology’s New G-DRIVE® PRO with Thunderbolt® Portable External Hard Drive Enables 2K and 4K Digital Cinema, 2K DLSR/Photography
and Other Digital Content Creation Workflows 

London, April 8, 2013 – G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, announced today its new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt, a compact, desktop external hard drive that delivers hard drive capacity with SSD-like performance, taking full advantage of the speed and power of Thunderbolt. Leveraging G-Technology’s well-known G-DRIVE design, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. The broader creative professional market now has access to an extremely high-performance, high-capacity and portable editing solution for maintaining 2K and 4K¹ workflows.

Storage Evolved
New high-resolution media formats and related files sizes require massive storage and faster data transfer rates to efficiently edit and distribute content throughout the workflow. For example, an uncompressed 2K digital video format consumes more than one terabyte (1TB) per hour and requires approximately 305 megabytes per second (MB/s) sustained throughput for smooth editing with no dropped frames. These high-resolution video formats, along with the rising popularity of higher megapixel DSLR cameras that shoot professional 2K video, have created a need for a new high-performance storage solution designed to meet the needs of today’s digital content creators.

Previously, most storage solutions able to support 2K and 4K were either bulky multi-bay solutions, or were extremely expensive and sacrificed needed capacity for the performance of SSDs. By bringing the cost of entry down for those making the jump to richer media formats such as 2K and 4K,              G-Technology is empowering today’s independent professionals and other small production studios with more cost-effective, efficient workflows.

Introducing the New G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt
No external storage solution using a single 3.5-inch hard drive form factor has taken advantage of the performance of Thunderbolt – until now. Delivering sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is a performance leader in the desktop, external hard drive category. Optimal for Thunderbolt-enabled Mac® systems, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is easily transportable for editing in the field or in the studio. Based on G-Technology’s high-quality     G-DRIVE design, it provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion and to daisy chain with other Thunderbolt-based devices. It easily supports compressed 4K and multiple streams of 2K, HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 4444 and uncompressed SD workflows. With up to 4TB capacity, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is Mac-formatted and is Apple® Time Machine® ready.

“We work closely with many high-profile studios and independent professionals, so we understand the rigorous requirements of production workflows. With our latest product release, we continue to deliver high-performance and reliable external storage solutions that our customers have come to expect from G-Technology,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager,                  G-Technology/HGST Branded Business. “In a class of its own, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt combines outstanding performance, innovative patent-pending technology, reliability and ample capacity so digital content creators can focus on their creativity, not their gear.”

The G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be available this summer through G-Technology. The RRP for the 4TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be £674.95. A 2TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt solution will be available for £ 554.95.

Come see “Storage Evolved” at NAB 2013, G-Technology Booth #SL12105:

New Evolution Series: Also announced today is G-Technology’s new Evolution Series. The Evolution Series is a flexible ecosystem of docking stations and interchangeable and expandable external hard drive modules that streamline the digital content workflow, making copying, transferring and distributing content more efficient, scalable and reliable. The Evolution Series family comprises the G-DOCK ev™ with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE ev and the G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is the only two-bay solution with interchangeable and rugged storage modules that can be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives. Together they provide efficient content transfer, easy storage expansion, high performance and reliability in a simple user-configurable solution.
G-TEAM Workshops at G-Technology’s NAB booth: Pulitzer Prize-winning director, producer and photographer Vincent Laforet; one of the world’s leading adventure sports and travel photographers Lucas Gilman; and Vienna-based award-winning filmmaker, director of photography and film producer Nino Leitner, all advocates of G-Technology, will host in-booth workshops (G-Technology Booth #SL12105), showcasing and talking about their creative approaches, gear and workflows.
NAB Session with G-TEAM member Alex Buono and Saturday Night Live’s film unit: On Monday, April 8 from 3-4 pm in room S220, come hear how SNL produces commercial parodies and short films with some of the tightest turnaround times in television, using G-Technology storage solutions.
Creative Pro User Group NAB SuperMeet – G-Technology is a sponsor of the 2013 NAB SuperMeet. Held on April 9 at the Rio Hotel Amazon Ballroom, the SuperMeet provides the post-production and broadcast community with an opportunity to learn about the latest technology trends, network with peers and share industry news and opportunities in a social setting that is educational, exciting and fun. To register, please visit http://www.supermeet.com/.



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#1 Ken

How is that even possible??? I thought "traditional" hard drives were limited to certain very slow speeds.

Does it have some kind of 128GB SSD for caching or something like that? You'd think that they would mention that, though...

Finally, they wouldn't be confusing megaBITS and megaBYTES, would they? lol...

11:48 am - Saturday, April 5, 2014

#2 Yash

Yes, nowhere have I been able to find any technical explanation of how they are doing this!

2:38 am - Monday, May 26, 2014