15 Nov 2018

Somehow, G-Technology has made an external drive that's as fast as a Macbook Pro's internal drive. And it's cheaper. Featured

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Bas Goossens reports from the IBC showfloor on the new G-Technology drives that are proving to be even faster than their illustrious predecessors.

When asked if G-Technology has managed to make its drives faster since last year’s IBC, the company’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Darragh O’Toole, grins, says: “We have the alchemy,” then drops one of the new drives on the floor first before then dunking it in a glass of water.

They’re not only fast: they’re impressively rugged too.

“How did we make this faster?” He asks rhetorically. “Well, we changed the internal drive from SATA to NVMe PCI Express, and we changed the interface from USB to Thunderbolt 3. That took us from 560MBps to 2800MBps. So we’ve gone from being able to transfer a terabyte to a regular drive in about 160 minutes, to a portable USB-C drive in 40 minutes, to our Thunderbolt 3 drive in seven minutes.”

All of which means that the drive runs at about the same speed as one on a MacBook Pro, costs about $200 less for a 1TB unit than upscaling the Mac spec, and is transferrable. All of which is a bit of a win.

“This completely changes the game storage-wise,” says O’Toole, before pointing to the latest version of the company’s impressive Shuttle SSD. “If MacGyver used storage, this is what he’d use,” he says with relish.

Watch the full video below.

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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