CES 2015: G-Technology gets ruggedised

Written by Neil Roberts

G-Technology/RedsharkG-Technology get rugged

G-Technology, makers of external hard drives and chassis, has just launched a new ruggedised version of its EV drives at CES 2015

 Hot on the heels of LaCie's Rugged RAID, basically there are two versions of the new G-Technology units: the G-Drive ev RaW which is a USB 3.0 drive with transfer speeds of up to 136MB/s. It is 35% lighter than the previous version of the G-Drive and features a rubber bumper that protects the drive from drops of up to 1.5 metres. The G-Drive ev RaW costs $99.95 for a 500GB model and $129.95 for 1TB.

Then there is the G-Drive ev ATC which is a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt drive with a transfer speed of 136MB/s The case for the ATC is fully water and dust proof and can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 metres. Plus if the drive does get dropped in water the case will float. The 1TB Thunderbolt model is priced at $229.95 and the USB3 model is $179.95

The ATC (All Terrain Case) has a tethered Thunderbolt cable that is also protected from dust and water and comes with a separate USB3 cable. It will also be avalable as a separate item to allow current owners of G-Drive ev models to protect their units at a cost of $129.95

Both drives come with a three year limited warranty. Here is a look at them in action.

 You can read the full press release after the break

 G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions, today announced new rugged storage solutions that help keep content safe in virtually all environments. Compatible with the Evolution Series family of external hard drives, the new G-DRIVE® ev ATC with Thunderbolt®, the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0, and the G-DRIVE ev RaW solutions marry rugged good looks with G-Technology's known quality, performance and reliability. G-Technology also announced new Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 all-terrain cases for turning the original G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev RaW or G-DRIVE ev SSD into a rugged, all-terrain storage solution.

Whether it's the professional photographer on a shoot in Peru, the established executive traveling across the globe with important company files or the young student running across campus to print out their term paper, everyone can use a sturdy and high-functioning portable hard drive. G-Technology's new rugged series is designed to withstand daily wear and tear and even more serious conditions as well, with features like a watertight drive compartment, which floats when dropped in water, and drop-resistance so they hold up to adventures, or accidents, big and small. Like all G-Technology external drives, the new rugged storage solutions come with a three-year limited warranty for even more peace of mind.

"My work as an adventure photographer takes me around the world to remote and sometimes dangerous locations, and keeping my once-in-a-lifetime shots safe is top priority," said Lucas Gilman, adventure sports photographer and filmmaker. "Working closely with G-Technology, I was able to secure a G-DRIVE ev ATC and took it with me to Peru and Hawaii for recent surfing photo shoots. G-Technology's newest G-DRIVE ev ATC helped ensure that my irreplaceable images were safe, all while withstanding sandy beaches, bumpy off-road terrain and ocean mist."

G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper

The G-DRIVE ev RaW is a rugged and lightweight portable hard drive that's small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse, and strong enough to withstand a 1.5-meter drop, protecting up to 1TB of data. This durable, lightweight drive—35 percent lighter than the original G-DRIVE ev—is USB 3.0 bus-powered and designed to go anywhere, providing on-the-go access to photos, videos, music and more. The G-DRIVE ev RaW comes with a USB 3.0 cable, and can be used as a standalone device, or used with the Evolutions Series' G-DOCK ev® with Thunderbolt or the new ev all-terrain case for ultra-fast transfers and editing. The drive is formatted for Mac® and can be easily reformatted for Windows®. The G-DRIVE ev RaW will be available this month. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing is 1TB for $129.95 and 500GB for $99.95.

G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt and the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0

These travel-tough external storage solutions feature an all-terrain case (ATC) with a tethered Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 cable that shields a high-quality, lightweight1 removable G-DRIVE ev RaW USB hard drive. Featuring a watertight2 drive compartment, which floats when dropped in water, and the ability to withstand a two meter drop3, data is protected from pressure, shock, water and dust. For added flexibility, the removable case is compatible with the Evolution Series4, easily fitting the G-DRIVE ev or G-DRIVE ev SSD. Perfect for in-the-field-backup, edit, transfer and storage, this durable enclosure leverages a 7,200 RPM-based external hard drive to maximize transfer speed using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. Formatted for Mac, the external drive can be easily reformatted for Windows. The G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt will be available this month. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing is $229.95 for 1TB. The G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 will be available in February. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing is $179.95 for 1TB.

For current G-DRIVE ev owners, a standalone all-terrain case can be purchased separately and turns the original G-DRIVE ev, the G-DRIVE ev RaW or the G-DRIVE ev SSD into a rugged, all-terrain storage solution, with a watertight compartment, which floats when dropped in water. The ev ATC with Thunderbolt (MSRP $129.95) and the ev ATC with USB 3.0 (MSRP $79.95) will be available in February.

"Whether you're capturing a professional skier flying down the slopes or your family's beach vacation, keeping your data safe is essential," said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology. "We know how precious data is for professionals and consumers alike, and we've developed our rugged series to keep up with even the most active lifestyles and professions, so you can focus on capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments without worrying about your data."

For additional information or details, please visit www.g-technology.com.

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HGST is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC). HGST sets the pace for storage innovation and is helping the world harness the power of data. Building on its reputation for producing reliable HDDs, SSDs, and developing tighter integration with software, HGST is optimizing storage efficiency and reliability for today's data-centric economy. Founded by the creators of the hard drive, HGST serves a broad range of market segments, including enterprise, cloud, OEM, mobile, consumer electronics and personal storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com.

1 Approximately 35% lighter than the G-DRIVE ev

2 1 foot submersion for 30 seconds

3 2 meter drop on a carpeted concrete floor

4 Compatible with G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev SSD and G-DRIVE ev RaW

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