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G-Technology G-DRIVE 2TB External Hard Drive w/ eSATA, USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 Interfaces 0G00203

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Product Description

Size:2 TB

Product Description

2TB Professional hard drive SATA II 7200 RPM INCL TO FW400

From the Manufacturer

G-Technology manufactures the industry's most comprehensive line of external disk storage solutions designed for professional content creation applications. G-Technology's USB, FireWire, eSATA, series-SAS, and Fibre Channel systems support all levels of audio/video production. G-Technology's focus on technology, quality and design has resulted in disk storage solutions with unmatched performance, reliability and style.

The G-Technology G-DRIVE
Small footprint and portability made perfect for laptop applications

The G-Technology G-DRIVE
High-speed professional interface with 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. View larger
Professional External Hard Drive

The G-Technology G-DRIVE high-speed interface external storage systems offer the ultimate in flexibility by providing 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB 2.0 ports. The G-Technology G-DRIVE is the perfect high-performance solution for storage intensive applications including audio/video editing, digital photography, MP3 libraries and high-speed data backup. The system features a fan-less cooling system and the latest technology 7200 RPM SATA II hard drives with up to 2TB in storage capacity with up to 32 MB of cache.

Support for Professional Creative Applications

The G-Technology G-DRIVE supports professional music production tools including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and many more.

The Ultimate in Desktop Performance

The G-Technology G-DRIVE is the highest performance single disk storage solution in the industry. When connected via the eSATA port, G-DRIVE provides data transfer rates in excess of 100 MB/second for today's demanding content creation applications such as audio and video editing.

The G-Technology G-DRIVE
Featuring an all aluminum enclosure to give you a rugged and dependable backup solution
Rugged and Stylish Aluminum Enclosure

The G-Technology G-DRIVE series is built to last, featuring a solid, all-aluminum base and enclosure that especially complements the recent line of MacBooks. It's a rugged and dependable backup solution with a stylish and clean design.

Easy to Setup and Time Machine Ready

The G-Technology G-DRIVE series is formatted at the factory HFS+ with Journaling and is Time Machine ready right out of the box. A simple initialization is all it takes to prepare the G-Technology G-DRIVE series for use with Windows systems.

The Best Warranty and Support in the Business

The G-Technology G-DRIVE series is backed by a standard 3-year factory warranty. See the included warranty card for details.

What's in the Box

The G-Technology G-DRIVE External Hard Drive, Universal AC Power Supply, 1.6 Meter eSATA Cable (black), 1.8 Meter FireWire 800 Cable (white), 1.8 Meter FireWire 400 Cable (white), 0.6 Meter USB 2.0 Cable (white), CD Manual, and 3-year factory warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Interface: 1x 3Gbit, eSATA, 2x FireWire 800 (9-pin), 1x USB 2.0, FireWire 400 via 800 to 400 cable
  • Disk Drives: Type: SATA II
  • RPM: 7200
  • Cache: Up to 32MB
  • Cooling System: Integrated heat sink
  • Bridge: Oxford 934 chipset
  • Size (LxWxH): 9.25" x 5.125" x 1.82" / 235 x 130 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg
  • System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.3.x or higher or Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Which G-Technology External Storage Product is Right For You?

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Product Details

Size: 2 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002LZV0B0
  • Item model number: 0G00203
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

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Customer Reviews

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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Mel D. on December 14, 2009
Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
With my 300GB drive too small I went shopping for a new 1 TB drive (the first time in 3 years). Over the years, I've bought several Seagate/Lacie externals and Seagate/IBM (now Hitachi) internal drives. Some drives are certainly faster and quieter than others; some are downright annoying but you just can't tell from the specs alone which I why I rely on reviews.

To my dismay, I discovered through my research that every brand/model of drive has received poor reviews. There wasn't a clear choice to make. It would seem that computer reliability has increased to the level that the hard drive is the weak link in the system now. Since my existing external was a Seagate 300GB firewire, I went with a 1TB FreeAgent from Seagate. Boy was that a huge mistake. Users are very unhappy with that product and so was I: it appears that Seagate doesn't build their firewire drives for mac compatibility anymore. If you need firewire, avoid Seagate.

Having a reliable backup drive is more important than ever so I crossed my fingers and went with G-Tech based on its feature set and my previous positive experience with Hitachi drive mechanisms (they own G-Tech).
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Arthur in Baton Rouge, La on April 17, 2010
Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
Purchased from Amazon, and have owned MANY external drives. These drives are first rate, from the construction, to the design, to the details, including hidden heat sink under drive. They run warm (not hot), and they behave very well with my Mac Pro. They quickly go to sleep when not in use, and they wake up when the computer calls for them. This is an issue with many external drives. These, on the other hand, are perfectly behaved, very quiet, and fast. I am using them on Firewire 800 for time machine and SuperDuper Clone backups, and they are flawless. SuperDuper Clone can boot system and is a perfect substitute, just as advertised. I have used this method for years, but some of the external drives have let me down. Not these. I have finally finished my long and expensive search for the right external drive. Should have started here in the beginning. Almost forgot... Amazon was the vendor. Nothing needs to be added to that except... Perfect. I will add more as I can afford, to use as external SATA using the 5th and 6th SATA ports on my Mac Motherboard. Been less successful with this with other drives, but I feel good about these drives. One thing, of course... Put a piece of black tape (I used a square piece of black duct tape) on face of white light on drive. It makes the light tolerable. Otherwise it is like headlights from an oncoming car. But the black tape looks factory, and you can still see the light. You'll understand when you do this.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wright on July 28, 2010
Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I bought the 1.5TB G-Drive Q a year ago. The hard drive was always noisy and was slow to respond when idle. But I had nothing to compare it to. Well, the hard drive failed recently and all data on it is probably lost. Check this [...] before trusting one of these drives too much. Well, I had already purchased this 2TB G-Drive and was waiting for it to arrive when the other one failed. (If it had only help up for another week I would have copied all the data to the new drive.) The new drive does seem better; it's nearly silent, can't hear it at all sitting under the desk, where as, the other one was always very audible whenever it was getting into motion. The new drive has a much more compact power supply with a standard DC connector.

Update: Ops, I posted an external link, I see that is not allowed. It was to the G-Tech support forum. Well, I must add to this review that G-Tech really took care of me in the end. It took a little effort to get a response from them and to get them to understand I needed the data recovered or returned "and" (not "or") the drive repaired. They recovered the data and sent me a brand new 2TB G-Drive, so I have no complaints. I'd say they are dedicated to customer satisfaction even if they don't always get it right the first time.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Vincent on January 24, 2010
Size: 500 GB
I purchased my drive after consulting with a few sales people at the local Apple Store. They recommended G Technology over Western Digital or LaCie. Just a few days after I started using it, I noticed bizarre behavior. Transfers would slow down about midway through a backup. Then, they just stopped doing anything at all, and my computer would freeze up until I disconnected the drive.

I contacted G Technologies customer support because the drive was under warranty. I received an email telling me that there was a problem with my drive. They told me I would receive an RMA to return the drive for service. Boy, was I surprised when the RMA came through. It had a dozen instructions on how to pack the drive to send to them for service. One of the instructions made it clear that the packaging the drive came with was insufficient for shipping. It also made it clear that proper packing was my responsibility and my sole cost. There was no estimate on how long it would take to service the drive, and there was no guarantee that my data would be preserved. In short, the process was so cumbersome that I began questioning whether it was worth the time and effort at all.

I have recently scanned message boards and learned I'm not the only one out there with this technical issue. From responses posted by users who claim to be part of the G Tech support team, it appears there is a controller board flaw that can only be corrected by an update to the firmware, but the firmware update has to be performed by G Tech. You can't do it yourself. What a waste of money. I will be very reluctant to purchase a drive from them in the future. I never had this issue with my LaCie drives.
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