Performance and Summary
One cannot reasonably expect supreme performance from a single mechanical hard drive, and connected via Thunderbolt 3, the G-Drive manages respectable read and write speeds. In fact, real-world speed is a bit better, evidenced by transferring 52.6GB in 4m 35s, putting it close to a sustained 200MB/s. This, we imagine, is the sort of workload that G-Technology has in mind - creative types transferring huge files to-and-fro.
Our second benchmark involves two scenarios; copying across a folder containing large files such as ISOs; and copying across a program folder full of various small files. Here, the G-Drive does well, easily beating out other spindle-based drives. The underlying HGST spinner even manages to hold its own against a few SSDs.
...the price premium for including a Thunderbolt 3 controller and a top-spec drive pushes the 8TB review model out to an improbable $529...
G-Technology is not a name many are familiar with but it's backed by WD, arguably the biggest name in the storage business. The premium consumer line now adopts the latest Thunderbolt standard in a smart, well-presented enclosure housing mechanical drives up to 12TB is size.
All good, right? Not quite, as the price premium for including a Thunderbolt 3 controller and a top-spec drive pushes the 8TB review model out to an improbable $529 (£430). And one can argue that the masses of bandwidth provided by TB3 is largely wasted here, useful only if you have to daisy-chain a number of devices together. Last but not least, the 7,200rpm drive vibrates loudly even when idle.
Bottom line: there are plenty of fast and spacious external hard drives on the market. G-Technology's G-Drive is good in some respects and merely average in others.
Lots of single-drive capacity
Software is lacking
The G-Technology G-Drive Thunderbolt 3 8TB external drive is available to purchase from Amazon.
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