Reviews and Problems with G-Technology G-DRIVE mini
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Perfect so far
David Dooley "dooleydrive220", Amazon
20 February 2014
Summary: This item has been perfect as a simple back-up drive for my macbook pro. I was able to partition 20 G off and use it as a generic dump drive and use the other 140 G to back up via time machine. So far it has been flawless. I don't notice much difference in speed between the firewire and usb 2.0. The unit is rock solid, stays cool, and the rubber foot rests keep it in place on my desk. Great drive.
Summary: When I connect this drive to the FW400 firewire port on my iMac with no external power supply, the drive works fine. The drive wasn't recognized by my iMac when I connected it to the iMac FW800 port. Maybe it needs an external power supply to run at 800 Mbit speed. Since I use the drive only for Time Machine backups, I don't mind using FW400 instead of FW800. I haven't tried using the USB port on the drive.
Conclusion: This is the best portable hard drive I have used. With it being used for Music Production, Video Production, and Photography, it runs just as good as my bigger hard drives. Small, Compact, and stays Cool. Never lags and uses very little power. 3 other people I know have recently purchased one of these.
Conclusion: I bought this drive a little over a year ago based on its high ratings of reliability and dependability. And for a while it was reliable and dependable. Then last week my computer stopped reading it out of the blue. My other computer couldn't read it. My laptop couldn't read it. Tried to erase and reformat the drive. Not possible. I may as well have had a puddle of lead hooked up to my computer.
Summary: DO NOT BUT THIS DRIVE IF YOU INTEND ON USING IT FOR BOTH MACS AND WINDOWS. Although the drive has a USB port don't expect to work through that connection. I've plugged this drive into several (7) different computers (Macbook Pros, iMacs, Windows laptops, Windows desktops) none of which will work through the USB connection. All I get is a beeping noise... I called tech support and they tell me that the not enough power is being delivered to the drive...
Summary: I had to wait a while for the order to fulfill, but the wait was worth the time. The driver performs suberbly. I use it to tote Final Cut files and media to get "work at home days" without breaking my back carrying this little G's bigger brother. Seems to run fine on the firewire power.
Summary: I purchased this mini drive from G-Tech for my MacBook laptop. It worked fine for the first three months, but then after that it wouldn't mount on my laptop and wouldn't powerup when connected to my laptop. THIS after I spent months adding my videos, images and other data to the drive. I contacted G-Tech and I had to mail the drive on my own dime to their Santa Monica office.