Saturday, 28 July 2012

G-Technology (TM) set to challenge the Samsung 3.0 HDD

| Saturday, July 28, 2012 | |

USB 3.0 is the latest standard for flash drive technology. Samsung, since its acquisition of Seagate, has decided to spice up the market for USB 3.0 external hard disks by introducing 3 new as yet unnamed products that sport a colourful appearance and boast of disk space ranging from 500GB to 1TB. They are not particularly OS X friendly, but they offer great portability.

This comes as a response to G-Technology’s similar range of products. The major reason that G-Technology is viewed as a serious competitor to Samsung is because this product is well suited to both Windows and Macs. The 2012 era MacBook Air and MacBook with Retina Display come loaded with the OS X 10.7 Lion which has “Time Machine” as a major feature. This feature revolves around using a specially configured USB 3.0 external hard disk to take constant, timed back-ups of your computer’s state. This allows you to restore your PC to an earlier state in case you lose data, or your computer comes under attack.

To date, Mac users have not had a lower end option in the hard disk segment with existing 1 TB storage devices with FireWire ports and RAID 0 configuration cost close to $850. G-Technology’s HDDs have FireWire ports, they are compatible with OS X versions and even support devices like the iPad and iPhone. Further, their reduced price tag and superior performance make them a great buy. They are available with storage spaces that range from 500GB to 2 TB and cost lesser than $350.

Design wise, the G-Drive is beautiful. It resembles an aluminium brick, yet its fine finish and fully functional design is a treat to behold. As it sits on two folded and curled aluminium tabs in place of legs, its underside is exposed. This leaves the heat sink exposed to air, and keeps the drive cool even while it works at full tilt. The cables provided are unique in the fact that no other manufacturer offers the same variety of cables. The drive ships with 1x 3Gbit eSATA cable, 2x FireWire 800 (9-pin) cable, a 1x USB2.0 cable and a FireWire 400 port. Via FireWire, speeds up to 75 to 90 Mbps should be possible. The best part of these cables is that they are each over a metre long and not the restrictive 15cm variety of cables.

All in all, the G-Drive from G-Technology easily offers the best value for money on external HDD for serious users, while the Samsung drives may suit home users, or users who value portability over continuous reliability.
Author's Bio: Travis Ramsy likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for - a site that offers savings and current information on charter cable, as well as services.
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