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G-technology-g-drive-mini.34183003
8.7 out of 10

G-Technology G-DRIVE mini

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Reviews and Problems with G-Technology G-DRIVE mini

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Overall 10
10

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good drive but not perfect

W. M. Kohler, Amazon
20 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

THE Drive

Will Chaffey, Amazon
11 January 2012
  • Summary: Very reliable drive. Easy to use. Great for Macs. When I worked at Apple this was the preferred drive. At Macworld they had a G drive that had been run over by a pickup--still working.
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Overall 10
10

Best Portable Ever Bought!!!!

Big Matt, MacMall
14 April 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Crap!

Phishrman, Amazon
1 April 2011
  • Summary: After three months this crapped out on me and I had to pay $250 to recover the data. I have sent it back to Hitachi to be replaced but haven't heard anything back from them.
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Overall 2
2.0

It lasted a year

Ben Garrison, MacMall
27 November 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Great Product

Steve, MacMall
24 July 2010
  • Conclusion: Excellent product. Quiet, fast, and small. It is nice not to have an extra plug to mess with. You can connect it and forget it's even there.
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Overall 2
2.0

Pretty and Useless...

Emily Penisson, Amazon
17 March 2010
  • 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...
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Overall 10
10

Mini Me

S. Gowin "Steve - San Francisco", Amazon
3 February 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Do Not Buy Any G-Tech Drives, No Support Offerred

Bennofer "stuck on tv", Amazon
27 March 2008
  • 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.
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