A Closer Look at Why the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE is Purpose Built for Creators, Pros and Prosumers
SanDisk Professional™ has now launched with a range of premium storage solutions, with G-DRIVE, the reliable, high-capacity storage drive for fast backup of video, images and mission-critical data.
For those with large storage requirements, such as true creatives, creators and professionals, traditional consumer brands are typically not enough, with a truly pro brand the preferred choice of the choosy prosumer, whether they are creating content targeted toward creative professionals in the film, photography, music and entertainment industries, or any other industry generating a lot of data.
The new USB-C equipped G-DRIVE offers excellent reliability, a 3-year warranty, stylish design and the speed you need, in 4TB, 6TB, 12TB and 18TB capacities.1
Creatives in the field often take one of the smaller SanDisk Professional™ G-DRIVE SSD units with them for ultra-fast transfer of photos, videos, or other data whilst on location, and then transfer that data to a G-DRIVE back in their main workspace for a desktop solution.
Data backups are so important, which is one reason why some top-end cameras come with two memory card slots, so no shot is ever lost. Transferring that data to an external drive just gives added peace of mind.
The G-DRIVE SSD portable drives top out at 4TB, so are perfect for on-the-go usage, but if data need to be backed up for quick offline and online access as desired, one of the bigger capacity G-DRIVE desktop hard drive solutions is an ideal data destination.
That’s because G-DRIVE uses a powerful enterprise-class 7200RPM Ultrastar® hard drive, with enhanced reliability and performance, with up to 260MB/s read and write speeds on the 18TB model. Such large capacities are much needed today to store macOS® Time Machine, Windows, phone and tablet backups, along with HD videos, photos, music and all the other data we generate each and every day.
It connects via USB-C, using USB 3.2 Gen 1, which is a standard available on most computers made today. Just plug the G-DRIVE into power, then plug it into your PC or Mac via the included USB-C to USB-C cable, or if needed, via the included USB-C to USB-A cable.
With the G-DRIVE formatted out of the box with the macOS Extended Format, it’s ready to go, and if you’re a Windows or Linux® user, you can reformat using NTFS, a Linux format, or for cross platform compatibility between PCs and Macs, you can format it using exFAT as well.
You can then enjoy terabytes of additional space to back up all of your files, while providing additional storage space for all the data you own. It’s effortlessly plug-and-play, with a zero learning curve.
Of course, the 3-2-1 backup rule should be followed, and today, the rules of backup have been upgraded. The rule means you should have at least three copies of the data to be protected, with those copies stored on at least two different devices. In the past this would include tape, CDs or DVDs, but in today’s context it means on at least a couple of hard drives.
One copy of the data should be sent off site so that a fire, flood, theft or other physical disaster doesn’t wipe out all your backups, and that offsite copy can be on a physical drive, but you should also have another copy of your data online – in one or more cloud services, just for added safety.
Keeping your precious data secure is vitally important in this day and age, because in a world of malware, cyberattacks, zero days, ransomware and more, it’s no surprise to see professionals with more than one SanDisk Professional device for the ultimate peace-of-mind.
Because the G-DRIVE connects to a power point as well as to your computer’s USB-C port, it offers 45 watts of PD (power delivery) power to compatible MacBook Air or Pro models. For the MacBook Air, which is powered by a 30w USB-C adapter, you have more than enough power and you won’t need to plug in your existing charger.
For 13-inch MacBook Pro models that use a 61w watt charger, or the 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that use even higher powered USB-C chargers, your battery will charge more slowly or not at all, so just plug in your regular charger and your MacBook Pro will know which port to get the right amount of power from.
The premium, all-aluminum enclosure looks very stylish, and is similar to Apple’s Space Grey colour, so it will match any modern computer and workspace.
You also get peace of mind with a 3-year limited warranty, ensuring confidence in your G-DRIVE for years to come.
The G-DRIVE logo on the front of the drive lights up when it is in use, and the box comes with a range of power cables compatible with all the world’s major regions – the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
You could take this drive with you, but it’s really meant to be put onto your desk, or workstation, and used as a rock-solid storage solution.
In addition, a Kensington security slot on the back lets you secure the drive to your desk.
The pricing for the G-DRIVE with 4TB is $299 AUD, the 6TB is $339 AUD, the 12TB is $629 AUD and the 18TB is $899 AUD.
For more information, visit https://sandiskproacademy.com/product/g-drive/for specs and reseller links to purchase.
One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks.
1 One terabyte (TB) is equal to one trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less due to operating environment.
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