|Hard Drive||8 TB External|
G-Technology G-RAID 8TB High-Performance Dual-Drive RAID Storage System with USB 3.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 Interfaces and RAID 0 (0G02492)
|Price:||$529.95 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- USB 3.0 and FireWire ports for flexible, high-speed data transfer
- RAID 0 for maximum performance
- Supports multi-stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 workflows
- Plug-and-play setup on Mac OS
- Up to 8TB storage capacity
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It seems that the problem with the heads is related to read/write errors. I went to back up what I had and did a comparison (2.5 days!) between drives. Half of the files had errors.
I would like to point out that my negative review is partially because of the unit, but also because of the company's policy (of lack thereof) for repairs outside of warranty. I called up G-Tech and asked about the noises; I was told the unit was about to fail. Also, I was told that if it were under warranty, to get an RMA. I mentioned that there was no warranty, and asked what kind of options did I have for non-warranty work. Short answer: "None, go buy another." Let me get this straight, the manufacturer says, "We can't or don't want to take any money to fix a current unit -- at any price." This has turned me off to this brand for a long time to come.
Our workflow has been decent as we have a triple redundancy system that involves our ingest and editing phase (copying to dropbox (2TB), and copying to two local resources (iMac -3TB) and external (G-Tech 4TB). We copy locally and to external devices as temporary storage because we edit in the cloud from several devices with Lightroom. After 3 months, we use CCC to stagger copy and move files to another G-Tech G-Raid 8TB, which is reviewed twice a year and we begin purging items from local harddrives and cloud as needed. When attempting to boot up the 8TB in January of this year, the drive would not boot up. We ordered two new power supplies from G-Tech after investigating it on our end and those did not work as well. Three calls to tech support indicated that if the fuse was blown, they would only replace the drive and that there was nothing that could be done for data because the drives are built in a way where you can't get the data in the event of a power failure!Read more ›
Also, this is NOT a long term solution to data storage. Think of it as a big fat temporary harddrive that sits on your desk but doesn't take well to being moved around.
For heavy use, go with a proper NAS device like a QNAP or a thunderbolt-enabled Pegasus enclosure. And please, for the love of God, use CRASHPLAN or AMAZON CLOUD to store your data elsewhere too.
The drive was formatted EXFAT for use on both iOS and Windows, no strenuous work other than the initial load of data. The drive had been working on a windows 8.1 machine only so far. I'm a fanboy of both Mac and Windows btw...
Long story ahead, it could be helpful to some (skip if you want I'll summarize)
Of course I thought it was my fault first, I tried every troubleshooting technique I know and still nothing. Just when I thought I had lost 6 TB of data I got an iMac of all things to recognize it and mount the partition. So it must be all of my computers right? Well now that it worked again I tried it on my other previously attempted computers. Still NOTHING! WHAT is happening? I tried one more time on the computer I initially had the drive fail to mount on running windows 8.1, but this time I had placed the drive farther away from the computer about the extent of the USB 3 cable supplied by the manufacturer, whereas before the USB cable had plenty of slack. IT WORKED! Why?
Long story short:
After placing the drive at the extent of the usb 3 cable that comes with the drive (and also many others), so that there is tension on the cable at a 45 degree bend the drive was able to mount on my machine. ANY release of tension on the cable and the drive would unmount again. Like I said, I tried a few different usb 3 cables and firewire 800 cables in both the ports with the same result. My guess is a faulty connection of the ports inside the drive housing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
G Raid is the Gold Standard. If you are storing your digital files long term...go with this over the others.Published 6 months ago by Michael Pierce
Perfectly good drive and a good deal! But in my experiences, they have been a little on the sensitive side and subject to weird mounting issues and other disk utility annoyances. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jph
I've used these drives for nearly two years and I can't say I recommend them. In June 2015 had one of the pair I ordered fail, but even before that I was already trying to be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bev D. Blackwood II
Works great, would be nice to have an on/off light on the back since that is what I have facing me when using it.Published 9 months ago by Kate Grass
It's the newest drive I have, and sometimes it crashes, sometimes it works, but more often recently it's stopped working altogether. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dan
No Raid1 option. You have to buy the Tbolt version. This one has Raid0 burned in, so theres no redundancy.Published 10 months ago by Hijiri Okada