Photographers and videographers shoot an incredible amount of content to keep up with our increasingly digital landscape. Naturally, that content needs to be stored somewhere safe and reliable that fits our individual needs. We put together this review for G-Technology external hard drives so you can explore a range of sizes and specs for one of the toughest data storage brands on the market.
We recommend G-Technology external hard drives to creators who travel extensively and shoot in volatile or outdoor locations. They’re also great for those who want to be really, really sure their data is crushproof.
G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series Portable Drive
The G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series Portable Drive is a durable, hyper-portable storage solution for photos, videos, music, documents and anything else you need to store in bulk. It’s available in 500GB, 2TB, and 1TB iterations and boasts transfer speeds of 560MB/s for fast and efficient saving.
For all the Apple users out there, this hard drive was made with newer Macs and other USB-C compatible devices in mind. It has a reversible USB-C port with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and a USB 3.0/2.0 cable adapter for reverse compatibility.
G-Technology external hard drives are great for creators trying to outsmart the unexpected. This model has an IP67 rating (this number indicates dust and water resistance). It can go on a casual trip to the beach or withstand a sandstorm; no matter the conditions, the internal components will remain unharmed. It can also be safely submerged in up to 3 feet of fresh water for 30 minutes; it’s water resistant, not waterproof. Finally, it has 9.8-foot drop protection and a 1,000-pound crushproof rating. We’re not sure why your external drive would need to withstand that much weight, but that’s your business.
G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD Portable Drive
This G-Technology hard drive is, in a phrase, incredibly fast. It’s available in 500GB and 1TB versions and boasts data transfer rates up to 2,800MB/s through a single Thunderbolt 3 port. At that rate, you can edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, transfer up to a terabyte of content in seven minutes or less, and render a VR project from anywhere.
And we do mean anywhere; this external drive has a shock-resistant case and—like it’s R-Series counterpart—features 9.8-foot drop protection and a 1,000-pound crushproof rating. It also has an aluminum core that keeps the device from overheating inside and out, facilitating high-level sustained use.