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G-Technology G-Drive Mobile Review

Posted by Andrew at 5:05 PM on March 17, 2013

On review today is the G-Technology G-Drive Mobile, a 1 TB mobile external hard drive. Aimed squarely at the Apple MacBook crowd, the brushed aluminium finish and white LED compliments the host machine, and the combination of both USB3 and FireWire 800 show its Mac heritage. Of course the drive can be formatted for Windows or Linux use but the G-Drive is pre-formatted for HFS+ and is TimeMachine-compatible. As expected, the G-Drive is bus powered so there’s no power adaptor.

G-Drive Mobile

 

G-Drive Mobile Ports

The G-Drive Mobile has a couple of touches that set it apart from the other mobile drive offerings. To start with, it comes with all the cables that might be needed, so in the box there’s a USB3 cable, a FireWire 800 cable and a FireWire 400 to 800 cable. There’s no getting the box home only to find the cable need for your setup is missing.

G Drive Mobile Cables

Second, the packaging presents the G-Drive to best effect and the “Getting Started” instructions are printed on the inside  lid of the box. Again, it comes back to appealing to the Apple crowd who expect good design.

G-Drive Package

But enough of how it looks. How does it go? Pretty well actually. Connected up to USB 3, the G-Drive Mobile recorded the following data rates:

hdparm gave 107 MB/s for buffered disk reads.
dd gave write speeds around 105 MB/s.
- bonnie++ gave 104 MB/s for writes and 141 MB/s for reads.

I’m fairly sure that those figures make G-Drive Mobile the fastest USB3 unit tested, beating the previous holder by a considerable margin. Under FireWire 400, the figures were obviously slower, but are provided here for comparison.

- hdparm gave 36 MB/s for buffered disk reads.
- dd gave write speeds around 22 MB/s.
- bonnie++ gave 22 MB/s for writes and 55 MB/s for reads.

Price-wise, the model here costs £129.95 but if you want USB3 only, there’s a much sleeker and cheaper version at £109.95 in the Apple store. However, if you need FireWire with USB3, the model viewed above is hard to beat, giving historical compatibility with older gear while also offering fast data transfers on newer kit.

Thanks to G-Technology for providing the G-Drive Mobile to review.

2008 Podcast Awards Slate

Posted by geeknews at 10:43 AM on October 18, 2008

2008pcaThe 2008 Podcast Awards slate of shows that will be voted on has been finalized and will be announced Sunday Oct 19th at 4pm Pacific.

I personally want to thank those in my audience that volunteered to do the review. It was a huge amount of work in fact for a few of our reviewers it was more than they bargained for and I had to solicit some alternates.

The slate looks pretty impressive and I look forward to making the announcement on Sunday. The announcement will take place via a live streamed event starting at 4pm Pacific @ PodcastAwards.com

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Posted by geeknews at 2:49 AM on December 12, 2006

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Hitachi Sponsors Geek News Central and Slashdot Review to CES

Posted by todd at 2:51 PM on December 11, 2006

HitachiHitachi has agreed to sponsor the Geek News Central Podcast and the SlashdotReview Podcast at the 2007 Consumer Electronics show.

Host Andy McCaskey of Slashdot Review and Host Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central will be bringing technology buffs worldwide out takes from the 2007 event with short summary videocast produced daily sponsored by Hitachi.

Andy and Todd will be scouring the convention floor to find you innovative new products with on-site interviews, which will be released as special edition podcast each night of the show.

Andy and Todd coverage of the 2006 CES was unique in that they brought CES coverage to multiple hundreds of thousands of listeners world wide. Subscribers of both shows should look forward to not only Audio Podcast but comprehensive Video reports. 

The goal this year is to not only cover the major events but to talk to small vendors who normally do not get much press coverage as we did last year. It should be an exciting event and we look forward to bringing you both video and audio podcasts.

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