Review

Equipment Review: G-Technology 8TB Thunderbolt 2 Raid Hard Drive by John Wellings

G-Technology 8tb Thunderbolt 2 Raid Hard Drive Review

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G-Tech

8tb / Thunderbolt

Straight to the point, I'm not an equipment reviewer type person. I'm not going to give you charts comparing data transfer speeds when daisy chained to several million devices or whether the drives performance is effected by sudden movements in the jet stream.

I just wanted to give a brief overview of my experience with the G-Technology 8tb Raid drive and how it compares to my other drives that i've been using the past couple of years.

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I won't go into a whole unboxing as I'm pretty sure that if you're in the market for something like this you know what to expect. Cardboard, leads and some warranty info. Thankfully both Thunderbolt and USB leads are included unlike some other drives that have you making last minutes trips to pay over the odds at a lrage retailer...

initial setup of the drive couldn't have been easier. Plug it all in, turn it on and then download the Raid controller software from G-Tech website. Oh yeah, thats the part that wasn't mentioned in the manual.

If you want to use this drive in Raid 1 then you'll need to set this up using the software found on the website. I'm sure this can be done using disk utility too but I didn't try that.

Once you've set this up as Raid 1 it effectively becomes a 4tb drive and you can start using it immediately. Its fairly quiet in use, more so than the Lacie 2Big 6tb that this carries on from. I don't really edit anything from external drives myself so i can't comment much on the speed.

Basically, it does what it needs too. Stores data and has the added bonus of being metal and pretty good looking for a hard drive. As you can see in the chart below, i've scientifally run the data.

 

The price isn't going to break the bank either, expect to pay around £5/600 depending on where you purchase it from. Link below to take you straight there.