Hitach releases G-Technology storage range for Macs

Macworld Australia Staff
17 August, 2011
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Press Release

New High-Quality External Storage Solutions Designed Exclusively for Apple® Mac® Users and Creative A/V Professionals; Enhanced Portfolio of G-Technology Drives in Australia include External Mobile Drives – G-DRIVE™ slim, G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mini; and External Desktop Drives, including the G-DRIVE and G-RAID™ solutions

Sydney, Australia – August 17, 2011 –
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today introduced its portfolio of G-Technology by Hitachibrand in Australia, bringing consumers premium high-quality and high-performance external storage devices specially designed for the Apple Mac market. Leveraging the trusted Hitachi GST heritage in hard disk drives, G-Technology drives are uniquely designed to meet the rigors of professional audio/ video (A/V) editing and image production applications, differentiating itself with performance, style and reliability.

G-Technology by Hitachi features a range of external storage devices catering for different needs: from the simple and affordable external mobile drives like the G-DRIVE slim, G-DRIVE mobile USB, G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mini targeting college students, business professionals and consumers on-the-go, to the high-performance, high-capacity desktop drives like G-DRIVE and G-RAID targeting professional content creators, including photographers and A/V post production professionals. With a strong presence in the US and in Europe, G-Technology drives are trusted by creative professionals and are the go-to tool for storage, rendering andbackup when quality, reliability and performance are not optional.

“Consumers these days are not only searching for storage devices with huge capacity. More importantly they are seeking reliability, quality and even style – and this is especially true of Mac users,” said James Ho, vice president, Asia Pacific, Hitachi GST. “Backed by Hitachi GST’s capabilities in storage, our global strength and extensive retail and channel network, G-Technology will literally set the benchmark for premium, high quality external storagesolutions in Asia, strengthening the leadership position of Hitachi GST.”

G-DRIVE slim, uItra-slim USB drive for MacBook Air®

The new G-DRIVE slim external hard drive gives users up to 500GB of storage and ubiquitous USB 2.0 connectivity in an amazingly ultra thin and light form factor. G-DRIVE slim leverages Hitachi GST’s rugged, 7mm Travelstar™ Z5K500 drive, making it one of the thinnest, 2.5-inch external hard drive in the world. With its sleek design and lightweight compact aluminum enclosure, users can easily carry up to 80 hours of high-definition video, 320 hours of standard video, 114 movies, 80,000 songs or 160 games1 wherever they go. G-DRIVE slim is formatted for Macs and is Time Machine™ ready, making it an easy plug-and-play storage device to help carry and protect your content.

G-DRIVE mobile USB/G-DRIVE mobile, perfect match for the Apple MacBook® or MacBook Pro®

Weighing in at less than 9 oz., G-DRIVE mobile hard drives are the ultra-portable and stylish way to travel, with up to 750GB of storage space for important documents, MP3s, digital video and digital photo files. G-DRIVE mobile USB is designed specifically for the MacBook, with a matching sliver finish and USB connectivity, while the G-DRIVE mobile is perfect for the MacBook Pro with its dual FireWire 800 ports and black finish. G-DRIVE mobile hard drives are bus-powered, eliminating the need to carry an external AC power supply. Built to last, G-DRIVE mobile hard drives utilize a solid all-aluminum base enclosure – no flimsy plastic housings here!

G-DRIVE mini, high-speed portable drives for content creators on the go

G-DRIVE mini hard drives are the perfect high-speed portable storage solutions for people on the go. Featuring 7,200 RPM hard disk drives exclusively, the G-DRIVE mini’s all-aluminum enclosure can withstand up to 1000G’s of shock2 to ensure data is protected against the bumps and bruises encountered on the road. The G-DRIVE mini comes in capacities up to 750GB and features high-speed FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via cable) and USB 2.0 for true universal connectivity. The system is bus-powered, eliminating the need to carry a bulky external AC adapter. A unique built-in “fan-less” cooling system is designed to silently dissipate heat for superior reliability and data integrity.

G-DRIVE, professional strength external hard drive

G-DRIVE storage solutions offer the ultimate in flexibility by providing high-speed3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 viacable) and USB 2.0 connectivity all in a single desktop unit. With capacities up to 3TB, G-DRIVE is the perfect high-performance solution for storage intensive applications including A/V editing, digital photography, music libraries, and high-speed data backup. The system features a fan-less cooling system and the latest Hitachi Deskstar™ 7,200 RPM drive with up to 64 MB of cache. The G-DRIVE supports professional audio/video music production toolsincluding Final Cut Studio®, Logic Studio® and Pro Tools®, and many more.

G-RAID, professional high-performance RAID 0 dual-drive storage system

Designed specifically for professional content creation applications, the G-RAID is a blazing fast RAID 0 storage solution, featuring high-speed interfaces including 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via cable) and USB 2.0 ports. Ideal for content creators, it supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD and ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications including Final Cut Pro™. The G-RAID drive is capable of delivering over 200 MB/second transfer rate when connected to any Mac or PC via eSATA. The sleek, all-aluminum-designed system is available in storage capacities up to an amazing 6TB! Its soft-touch On/Off switch and thermo-regulated “smart” fan keeps the G-RAID reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite.

G-RAIDmini, professional portable dual-drive storage system

With up to 1.5TB capacity, the G-RAID mini is the perfect companion for video and still shooters or editors working on location. Out of the box, G-RAID mini is setup in RAID 0 (performance mode), with its two Hitachi Travelstar 7,200rpm drives working together for the performance you need to edit the most popular compressed HD codes. Using the included software utility, the G-RAID mini can be configured in RAID 1 (protected mode) giving you the peace of mind that your digital video or images are protected while on the road. G-RAID mini is FireWire bus-powered – even when using eSATA for data transfer at speeds of over 120MB/sec!


All G-Technology products are available at Apple retail stores and online stores as well as key distributors/resellers in Australia. G-RAID mini will start shipping to Australia in September.

All G-Technology by Hitachi products are Mac OS and Windows compatible3, and come with a standard three-year factory warranty.

Apple Stores Recommend Retail Prices include:

G-DRIVE slim 500GB $109.95
G-DRIVE mobile 500GB $129.95
G-DRIVE mini 500GB $69.95
G-DRIVE 1TB $189.95
G-DRIVE 2TB $279.95
G-DRIVE 3TB $389.95
G-RAID 2TB $299.95
G-RAID mini 1TB $329.95

*Inclusive of local VAT


About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, Hitachi GST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, MobileComputing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. Hitachi GST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachigst.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen (US$112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi GST remains an independent company until the acquisition by Western Digital closes, anticipated to take place in Q4 2011. Our product portfolio has been a driver of our success.  Until the close, we continue to execute plans for our communicated product roadmap and both companies intend to ship all product lines in parallel until their logical end of life. Customers can rest assured that when the acquisition is complete all Hitachi GST terms and conditions of the product warranty in effect at the time of purchase will be honored.

[1][1]  Actual storage may vary depending on the compression rate applied. Capacities may not be combined.
2  Non-Operating shock. G-DRIVE mini can withstand 400G’s operating shock.
3  A quick reformatting of the drive is required for PC users. Important: reformatting the drive will erase all content on the drive. Please save any important data on a separate device.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Hitachi and G-Technology external hard drives serve as an element of an overall backup strategy. It is recommended that users keep two or more copies of their most important files backed up or stored on separate devices.

Travelstar, Deskstar, G-DRIVE slim, G-DRIVE mobile USB, G-DRIVE mobile, G-DRIVE mini, G-DRIVE, G-RAID, G-RAID mini and        G-Technology are trademarks of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Hitachi trademarks are authorized for use in countries and jurisdictions in which Hitachi has the right to market the brands. Hitachi is not liable for third parties’ unauthorized use of Hitachi trademarks. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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