G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini 750GB HDD Review

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The G-Drive Mini – Mac Ready but PC Friendly

One of the things you rarely see at Legit Reviews is an article on a product that’s primarily aimed for Apple computers. Though growing rapidly, it’s still a relatively smaller market and we just are sent many products in the genre to test. We don’t exactly have a plethora of Mac test benches sitting around either. Still, we like to give our readers diverse content when we are presented the opportunity and one such opportunity showed up on our doorstep recently. The company G-Technology (or G-tech as they referred to) may not sound familiar but its parent company Hitachi is well-known worldwide. They have a rather large line of external storage products that are all aimed towards Mac users but are just as at home connected to a PC. Today, we’ll be having a look at their G-DRIVE mini 750GB external drive.

G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini

Immediately upon seeing the drive, the similarities to the Mac Pro desktop computer are clearly evident with the brushed aluminum finish, sleek design and perforated exterior. If you own an Apple system and are vain about having your hardware accessories that match your system, it doesn’t get much better than this. Right now, you can pick up the 750GB version for about $150 but with hard drive prices on the rise with the recent natural disasters in several key Asian countries, this is bound to fluctuate and probably not for the better. The 500GB version will run about $20 cheaper so the extra $20 for 250GB more seems to be a pittance.

G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini Box

The packaging is very clean with attractive graphics and ample product information on the back. G-Tech lists these features and specifications as follows:

G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini 750GB External Hard Drive Features and Specifications:

  • Kit Contents:
  • 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
  • Interface:
    • 2x FireWire 800
    • 1x USB2.0
    • (FireWire 400 via included cable)
    • Disk Drives:
  • HDD Type:
    • Hitachi SATA
    • RPM – 7200
    • 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:
    • 1.14lbs / 0.517 kg
  • System Requirements:
    • Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    • Portable, high-speed external hard drives
    • High-speed Interface – FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB 2.0 ports
    • Compact size, weighs less than 9 oz
    • Storage capacities up to 750GB using 7200RPM drives
    • Bus powered – no AC adapter required**
    • Integrated heat-sink provides near silent operation and ensures proper cooling for long life and data reliability
    • Ships complete with all cables and high-quality protective carrying case
    • Unique industrial design, compact all aluminum enclosure
    • Mac OS X and Windows compatible – Time Machine ready!
    • Standard 3-year factory warranty

    ** NOTE: 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 G-DRIVE mini systems larger than 320 GB. An optional power supply is available for use with G-DRIVE mini if your system does not have a FireWire port or your USB port does not provide adequate power.

    G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini Box

    Opening the box reveals a layer of compressible foam that protects the drive and when removed, uncovers the drive nestled within more of the contoured foam.

    G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini Box Contents

    In the box we find the nice pleather carrying case, a CD containing the documentation and drivers, FireWire 800, 400, and USB 2.0 cables and a little card pointing users to a web address should they plan on using the drive on Window because, by default, the drive is formatted for mac (HFS+ Journaled). There is no power cord included because the drive is powered by the USB or FireWire port although some PC’s may lack the juice to do so, so there’s an optional AC adapter you can buy. Finally, here’s a little promo video G-Tech has on their website as well as YouTube.

    Let’s have a closer look.

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