G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim by Hitachi

Grace Robinson
28 October, 2011
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Hitachi G-DRIVE slim 500GB

Hitachi, www.g-technology.com


Sleek, super-compact design


Not suited for heavy or professional usage



When it comes to technology aesthetics, I’m pretty big on devices coming in a sleek, compact form and stylish design. After all, when you have Apple paraphernalia scattered about (as I do), you want all other peripherals to step up to the design plate and integrate seamlessly. The G-Technology G-DRIVE does just that with aplomb (and Mac compatibility).

How slim, you ask? Well let’s just say that this, G-DRIVE is the waif of external hard drives. Measuring 12.85cm x 8.2cm (about the sizeof a passport), the 1cm-thick drive
is encased in aluminium with black edging; a great look sitting next to any model of Mac.

The G-DRIVE is formatted for Macs and is Time Machine ready for backing up video, photos, music and files. Five hundred gigabytes allows you to store a decent amount of content, too. To give you an idea of how much, that’s about 80 hours of high-definition video, 320 hours of standard video, 114 movies, 80,000 songs or 160 games. Given its lightweight stature, this is a device that is highly portable for users on the go. Weighing in at just under 150g, you’d barely notice it in a bag – ideal for taking it on trips or getting your data from A to B.

Inside the box you’ll find the drive itself, a 2.0 USB cable and a quickstart guide, not that you’ll be depending on the latter too heavily. Setup is simple; connect the drive end of the USB cable to the G-DRIVE and the other end to your Mac and you’re ready to go.

Which brings us to performance. Given that the 500GB drive is a 5400rpm model and tethered using a powered 2.0 USB connection, speed is probably a bit further down on the list of what makes this product appealing. The drive speeds I conducted showed a write speed of 44.5MBps and a read speed of 36.5MBps.

These figures stack up pretty well against competitor models like the ioSafe Rugged (write: 28.1 MBps, read: 34.8 MBps), for example, which we tested back in September.

The G-DRIVE is quick enough to get the job done for most storage, backup and plug-and-play tasks. If you’re after something speedier and a bit more ‘pro’ then consider a 7200rpm model drive (G-Technology G-DRIVE Professional External Hard Drive 3TB by Hitachi might be a better option, for example).

Macworld Australia’s buying advice

I was impressed with the design and performance of  the G-Technology G-DRIVE . Its aesthetics and capabilities make it an appealing, portable storage and backup solution for mobile Mac users. Keep in mind that a 5400rpm model such as this may not be suitable for heavy usage.

Check out our current giveaway, offering five lucky readers the chance to win a Hitachi G-DRIVE slim 500GB hard drive! Enter here.

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