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  • Ultra-fast, high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 802
  • RAID 0 for maximum performance. Supports multi-stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for easy access and daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt compatible peripherals
  • Time Machine-ready, plug-and-play setup on Mac OS
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Technical Details

Capacity: 8 TB
  • RAM: 8 TB
  • Hard Drive: 8192 GB 7200 rpm SCSI
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
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Product Details

Capacity: 8 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.1 x 3.4 inches ; 5.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00846Z4YY
  • Item model number: 0G02272
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 8 TB

G-RAID with Thunderbolt, designed specifically for professional content creation applications, features the most powerful, flexible I/O technology ever. At double the data transfer rates of USB 3.0 and over 12 times faster than Firewire 800, no other PC I/O interface can match the raw speed of Thunderbolt now available in G-Technology’s leading RAID solution. G‐Technology has built its reputation and business on serving creative professionals and prosumers that demand performance, capacity and quality. To continue its tradition of serving this market, G‐Technology has worked with Intel and Apple to enable Thunderbolt on its product line. Leveraging the strengths of Hitachi’s Enterprise storage experience, our AV expertise and the capabilities of Thunderbolt, G-Technology is delivering the future of rich media now.

Customer Reviews

Thunderbolt is FAST and this HD screams... Excellent performance on Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.
Leon Morrison
Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone who needs massive storage capacity, blazing speed, and trustworthy reliability.
Steward Willons
After buying five, I'm ready for another, but with a continuing hope for greater confidence for the future.
Roman

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Knight of Cydonia on June 29, 2012
Size Name: 4 TB
For Most consumers purchasing external hard drives, it's easy to look at G-Drive prices and ignore them. These raid configured drives are designed for one thing, speed and that's what they provide.
I've used many drives in the past and am currently using a 4tb non Thunderbolt model as well. Data Transfer rates on the Thunderbolt model are Amazing, i'm using it with a new Retina Macbook Pro and it's keeping up with Final Cut Pro X extremely well at 1080p nay any hiccups. If you watch any of the videos online showing the demo equipment, you'll see the Thunderbolt logo lights up, on the retail models it does not light up and that's a good thing. Additionally you'll not that the unit is a bit larger than other G-Drive hard drives, but this won't impact your usage at all.

Pros:
*Extremely fast, faster than my existing solutions. This is including a G-drive connected via Esata (The Mac Pro doesn't have the latest chipsets for faster throughput).
*Aesthetically pleasing; It's a nice piece of equipment that doesn't stand out, nor look cheap in buid quality.
*Rugged design; This thing is Solid and the cooling works quite well

Cons:
*Price $$$$$$; man is this thing expensive (still cheaper than my Pegasus setup though). As with all Thunderbolt hardware, there is a a heck of a lot more electronically needed over simple usb and Fw and that drives the price.
*Thunderbolt only; This isn't an issue for me, but if you're moving it around there's always a chance there won't be an appropriate port for it on your computer

It's likely we'll see prices drop here in the future, many motherboard manufacturers have announced Thunderbolt compatible equipment. Hitachi G-Drives are completely about performance and they always have and G-drive is no exception. If you're relying on read/write speeds, stick with the right equipment as it will save you time in the long run.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Win2000 on August 28, 2012
Size Name: 4 TB
I actually have the 6 TB version of this drive but other than that it's the same exact drive. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star review is that the drive is SO darn expensive for what it is. I am using it with my new iMac 27" computer and it works fine---very fast as advertised thru the Thunderbolt connection. Although some reviewers state that it can't be used as Raid 1 (backup mode), it can through the Apple Disc Utility on the computer...keep in mind though that if something were to happen to one of the drives, you would either have to open up the unit yourself but most likely send it back to G Tech for them to open.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Danny on February 25, 2013
Size Name: 4 TB
Purchased this drive from Apple Store. Within 30 days or so I figured out this drive was not cooling correctly. The temp on the drive was 59 degrees Celsius when not in use. The normal temp is lower than 45 degrees. Apple store only gives 15 days to return drives. So I called Gtech.....they wanted to give me an RMA where they replace this drive with a "re-furbished" drive. For all of you who are not up to speed on the lingo...that means a used case with used drives that they remanufactured. So I paid $600 bucks and that gets me a used drive after only 25 days or so. Thanks! Way to stand by your product!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Solomon on October 5, 2013
Size Name: 8 TB Verified Purchase
The drive died in less than a month. One of the RAID partitions failed spontaneously rendering the drive useless. Stay away from this drive if you care about your data.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Cheaz on August 28, 2013
Size Name: 8 TB Verified Purchase
We've respected G-Technology's reputation to produce high-performance Thunderbolt drives. We like that we can stack them vertically and daisy-chain up to 6 of these per Thunderbolt chain. They look great and normally perform very well. However, we've recently had a drive's READ component fail and the drive's performance has significantly deteriorated. G-Tech's support team were very amiable and arranged for a hot-swap.

Sadly, the refurbished 8-TB drive is not like the brand new units—their internal components rattle. We contacted G-Tech again and they sent another drive. It arrived with the same problem except this time, only one of the Thunderbolt ports was usable.

We contacted them again and made a reasonable request that they confirm their outgoing drives' internal components don't rattle and that their Thunderbolt ports are functional. RMA was arranged for us to ship the drives back to them for analysis and we hope that they will fix the problem.

We do a lot of video research and each drive is critical to our operation so dealing with the failed hard drive and with the replacement drives that arrived in unacceptable condition has really tarnished G-Technology's position in our book. We will definitely look to other external hard drive manufacturers for future purchases based on the poor system they have in place for handling drives covered under warranty.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DAVIDN on February 12, 2013
Size Name: 8 TB Verified Purchase
Product worked great for 6 weeks--extremely fast and large capacity. Unfortunately, it suddenly and completely failed. I am replacing it through manufacturer, but it is a significant inconvenience to replace--significant wasted time and potential for lost data if I missed anything in backup. Have never before experienced such a short life span.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By xaeinstein on December 28, 2013
Size Name: 8 TB Verified Purchase
I do a lot of image editing. With some of my DSLR's generating 30 MB sized images ( more if you shoot Raw and JPEG pairs) you can never have enough disk space. The 3 TB that came with the iMac become appetizers.

I bought two of these units to link them into a RAID 1-0 in my Imac 27 inch desktop.

The Apple OS was all I needed to do that.

I found an article online that detailed the procedure from womb to tomb. Well almost. From initializing it with zeroes (not needed but recommended for easier recovery) to setting it up. Took me several tries as the OS level was different than the article and therefore had to improvise / test . But in the end it all worked very well. (The optional initialization will take overnight to complete).

Now I have full redundancy and speed.

Each unit of 8TB is actually made up of two internal 4 TB hard drives.
With RAID 0 (aka "STRIPING") you have twice the speed but zero reliability.
Thats how the drives ship from manufacturer.

With RAID 1 (MIRRORING) you have redundancy but at half the capacity (8TB become 4TB, 4 become 2 etc).
So I put two of these on top of each other (a total of 16TB) into a RAID 1-0 configuration which basically mirrors (protects) a pair of striped drives, giving me the benefits of both at a cost of reduced capacity.
Peace of mind is what it does.
With hard drives is not a matter of IF they will fail but of WHEN they will fail.

So I ended up with 8TB of redundant space (two identical 8TB copies) mapped out over 16TB with striping thrown in for speed of read access.

No fancy controllers, no special enclosures, no goofy software.
Sits in the back of the monitors quietly basking in a soft blue light.
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