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G-Technology G-DRIVE mini 250GB 7200RPM Portable External Hard Drive w/ eSATA, USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 Interfaces 0G00213

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Size:250 GB

Product Description

High-Speed Portable Drive. G-DRIVE mini hard drives are the perfect storage solutions for people on the go. Weighing in at less than 9 oz., G-DRIVE mini is the ultra-portable and stylish way to travel with up to 500 GB of storage space for your important documents, MP3s, digital video and digital photo files. The system can withstand up to 1000 G's of shock* to ensure your data is protected against the bumps and bruises encountered on the road. G-DRIVE mini is bus powered, eliminating the need to carry an external AC power supply. Portability was never so easy. G-DRIVE mini features a fan-less cooling system the latest technology 5400 or 7200 RPM hard drives. Easy to Setup – Time Machine ready. G-DRIVE mini 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 G-DRIVE mini for use with Windows systems. The Best Warranty & Support in the Business G-Tech's 3-Year WarrantyG-DRIVE mini is backed by a standard 3-year factory warranty.

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, mini-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 mini
The perfect storage solution for content creators on-the-go who demand the highest performance

The G-DRIVE mini
Featuring high-speed FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for true universal connectivity.
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High-Speed Portable Drive

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini hard drives are the perfect storage solutions for people on the go. Weighing in at less than 9 oz., the G-Technology G-DRIVE mini is the ultra-portable and stylish way to travel with up to 500 GB of storage space for your important documents, MP3s, digital video and digital photo files. The system can withstand up to 1000 Gs of shock (400Gs operating shock) to ensure your data is protected against the bumps and bruises encountered on the road. G-DRIVE mini is bus powered, eliminating the need to carry an external AC power supply. Portability was never so easy. The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini features a fan-less cooling system the latest technology 5400 or 7200 RPM hard drives.

Bus-Powered via FireWire

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini is bus powered when attached to a 6 or 9-pin FireWire port. The USB port on some computers may not supply enough power to reliably operate the G-Technology G-DRIVE mini systems larger than 320 GB. For those cases, an optional power supply is available for use with the G-Technology G-DRIVE mini if your system does not have a FireWire port or your USB port does not provide adequate power.

Rugged and Stylish Aluminum Enclosure

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini 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.

The G-DRIVE mini
To keep your G-DRIVE mini safe when on the road, a protective carrying case is included
Easy to Setup and Time Machine Ready

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini 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 mini for use with Windows systems.

High-Performance in a Portable Form Factor

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini mobile drives max out the FireWire 800 port and provide fast data backup and instant access to large multimedia and audio/video files while on the go.

The Best Warranty and Support in the Business

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

What's in the Box

G-Technology G-DRIVE mini Storage Unit, 0.6 Meter FireWire 800 Cable (white), 0.6 Meter FireWire 800 to 400 Cable (white), 0.6 Meter USB 2.0 Cable (white), Protective Carrying Case, CD Manual, and a 3-year factory warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Interface: 2x FireWire 800, 1x USB 2.0, FireWire 400 via included cable
  • Disk Drive Type: G-Technology SATA
  • Cache: 8MB cache
  • Cooling System: Integrated heat sink
  • Bridge: Oxford 934 chipset
  • Size (LxWxH): 4.94" x 3.19" x .875" / 125 x 81 x 22mm
  • Weight: 0.55 lbs / 0.25 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?

G-Technology G-SAFE G-Technology G-DRIVE G-Technology G-RAID G-Technology G-DRIVE mini G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB G-Technology G-DRIVE slim USB
G-SAFE G-DRIVE G-RAID G-DRIVE mini G-DRIVE mobile G-DRIVE mobile USB G-DRIVE slim USB
Designed For General Storage / Backup Video / Audio Editing Video / Audio Editing General Storage / Backup General Storage / Backup General Storage / Backup General Storage / Backup
Interfaces USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FW 400 -- Yes Yes Yes Yes -- --
FW 800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -- --
eSATA Yes Yes Yes -- -- -- --
RAID Configurable Yes -- -- -- -- -- --


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Size:250 GB

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By M. Karsten on October 19, 2010
Size: 500 GB
I'm a long-term traveler who works on the road, and these drives are perfect. About the size of a stack of passports, they transfer data quickly to and from my 13" MacBook Pro. I have two of them. I use one for working with video, the other for photos and backups. They come with protective cases too.
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First of anyone who has complained about it randomly disconnecting after using it for awhile it is because they most likely do not have enough energy going to it. I use the newest (2010) Mac book pro and I have no issues with this. Also some others have reviewed that it gets to hot, well yes it does but it is a heat sink the outside gets hot but the inside remains at a correct operating temperature.

Now on to my opinions. My first opinion is that it feels extremely sturdy as sturdy as a macbook does and it looks as good to. When using firewire 800 it transfers at a pleasing speed. I portioned my drive one for time machine and the other for all of my photography. I edit my photos from this drive because I get a quicker response in my program. The only issue I have is that 9 out of 10 times when you hit the power switch it will not read it but I just turn it off and on and it always connects the second time. the drive has never disconnected on me while in use. you really do not have to worry about this issue this drive is extremely reliable. Also If you do get this drive I advise that you get a Pelican 1020 casePelican 1020-027-100 Micro Case with Clear Lid and Carabineer (Yellow) . This case fits the drive as perfect as the packaging that it comes in its crazy there is also room for your wires of choice. With a rugged drive in a extremely rugged case you do not have to worry about breaking it. I highly recommend this drive to anyone who needs a drive.
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I'm a recording/mixing engineer and I use this drive everyday. You can run intense sessions directly off the drive, and transfer speed makes large data seem more manageable.

Also good for videographers or other professionals dealing w/large file transfers and portability needs.

I plan to get a second one to use as a startup disk. Highly recommend this drive.
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I hear from the Geniuses at th Aple store the G-drive is one of the best things out there, good quality and sturdy... Happy with t so far, thanks and amazon had the best price online among the serious sellers...
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
I've been through more FW drives than I care to remember. When the G-Drives hit the scene, I saw that they had tackled the problems I'd experienced with all my previous drives. The G-Drives are more durable and their passive cooling makes for longer lasting circuit boards. SOme people are misguided by so called experts that say heat doesn't affect drives. That may or may not be true but the real value of the cooling pays off not on the drive but on the enclosures circuit board. That's the most troublesome part of any of these units. Ports fry and boards go bad long before the drives do.
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DO NOT BUY THE SEAGATE WA-18G12U AC power adapter [12V 1.5A ~120-240v US plug] for G-Tech drives! You need a small pin diameter 12V AC converter.

This Seagate 12V AC adapter came up when Amazon was searched for an appropriate 12V AC Adapter for the G-Tech Mini 500 Gbyte portable drive. The pin is way TOO LARGE for G-TECH, at least twice too big in diameter. The G-Tech 12V AC Adapter on Amazon was $28, far too much to pay for a simple, single-purpose transformer.

Another $9 wasted. Like they say, the good thing about standards is that there are so many of them. One would think 12V DC would have just one size, right? WRONG.

BTW, my expert at Radio Shack says USB does not have enough AMPS for many portable drives, so you likely in fact need to buy a 12V AC adapter for LaCie, G-Tech etc. (DC voltages are stepped down to 5V inside the drive, 5V being USB voltage, but the problem is not the voltage, it is the AMPS! In other words, do not count on USB suppying enough POWER for this or other portable drives (volts x amps = watts).

I ended up buying into the AC adapter systen sold at Radio Shack for $22, with selectable voltage and interchangeable pins, and 1 AMP (important) capacity; you just select the correct "tip" to plug into your particular device (you get one tip free, in my case, the one I needed for G-Tech 12V). Brilliant. The perfect solution to "too many standards." F- me dead! I'm sure you can buy this system or similar from Amazon, but the problem is identifying the right "tips." Obviously, Amazon-sold devices need to list their power pin diameter in the Amazon details! Vendors out there listening? With this system, I can power many devices, focusing on getting the right AMP capacity instead.
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I bought the G-Technology G-Drive 500GB Mini a couple days ago, because I had been looking for an external hard drive that would store my music, pictures, videos, and work files. I opened the box to notice a nicely packaged hard drive, complete with all the extras that were listed. I did not, however, expect this hard drive to be so easy to use.
Even though it's bus-powered, it did not drain my computer's energy so quickly- despite the fact that I was putting on thousands of files on it at a time. No, sir, this hard drive just smiled and did its job without any problems whatsoever. It's sitting next to me right now, and I can't hear a single thing from it.

I'd give it an A+ for quality, as the Oxford chip ranks amongst the highest in the industry, and the case seems well built and very attractive as well.
I'd give it an A+ for user friendliness, as I've had no problem hooking it up to my Mac and using it right away. No inconsistencies; it literally does what you want it to do: store stuff.
I'd give it an A+ for speed: quick. Very, very quick in writing files.

I can't find anything to complain about it, but I also should note that I do not use a PC, but rather a Mac; it's my understanding that the G-Tech mini drives are configured to operate right away with Macintosh computers. I believe, however, that they will be easy to configure with a PC, and the product includes a CD with information on how to easily configure the external hard drive to function with a PC.
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