Published on November 22nd, 2015 | by Greg0
G-Tech G-DRIVE ev ATC 1TB: Thunderbolts And Lightning
There may be quite a few shopping days left until Christmas, but there are only a few remaining until the biggest shopping event of the season. Black Friday is less than a week away, and there are plenty of items you should be considering adding to your gift list. And while you might want to find the fastest computer available and maybe a new car under the tree, you’ll probably also want to have a few backups available in case there are folks with more limited budgets.
Speaking of which, if you’re grabbing Christmas memories, you should probably be ready to back them up too- because with every new computer comes the need for more storage capacity. The G-Tech G-Drive ev ATC 1TB isn’t just another external disk- it’s a sturdy, near-everything-proof travel companion that offers some of the fastest speeds on the market. It floats in water, is dust/water resistant, capable of limited immersion, and offers shock protection to avoid damage during falls of up to two meters. They call it the “All-Terrain” case, and it does add some bulk, but definitely helped us feel comfortable taking our drive out and about even in a storm. Video and photography professionals know how often you end up needing to move hundreds of high-resolution files around, and it can be risky business.
Available in two versions, you can opt for a USB 3.0 model or choose (as we did) the Thunderbolt edition, and either way you get an integrated cable so you don’t need to worry about packing an extra (or worrying about power). Thunderbolt requires you to have a compatible computer, and we tested using Macbook Air laptops. Formatted for Mac, the external drive can be easily reformatted for Windows for those with a Thunderbolt card and connectivity. Many external drives use slower 5400 RPM drives, but the ev ATC features a 7200 RPM drive to keep your data moving quickly. It’s not quite an SSD, but the entire unit is similar to the G-Dock ev and portable drives that we saw last year.
We liked the blue and black color scheme, and the fact that the unit is backed by a standard 3-year limited warranty. You can also swap the cable for USB 3.0 as they are sold separately- and you can also buy the drives “naked” or without the case, called ev RaW disks. With transfer rates over 100 MB/s, and a rugged body that can take a beating and keep on running, the G-Tech G-Drive is available now online and in stores for around $199.95.