G-Technology has announced a new line of rugged hard drives for extreme in-the-field use. The G-Drive ev RaW and G-Drive ev ATC USB/Thunderbolt are three new drives that boast weather proofing, shock resistance and compatibly with the current Evolution series G-Dock.
We’ll start with the G-Drive ev RaW. The hard drive takes an existing G-Tech ev design, increases shock resistance and reduces weight by 35%. The hard drive on its own can withstand a drop up to 1.2M, add the rugged bumper and that increases to 1.5M.
The G-Tech Evolution series (or ev) is clever, appreciating the need for both portability in the field use and reliable fast in studio editing. The heart of the system is the G-Dock ev; a thunderbolt docking station that accepts two G-Drive ev drives in a selection of raid levels.
The G-Drive ev drives themselves work via USB 3 in the field, and SATA with the G-Dock to unlock Thunderbolt speeds. The new G-Drive ev RaW is compatible with this system; it can be used as a stand-alone rugged drive or stripped down to slot into the G-Dock.
Second up is the G-Drive ev ATC. This line adds further protection to your hard drive. Adding a tethered USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt cable (depending on which model you choose) these drives can withstand a drop of up to 2M.
They can also float in water, and take a 1M drop into water holding resistance of up to 30 seconds. Like the G-Drive ev RaW, the G-Drive ev ATC are also compatible with the current G-Dock.
G-Technology have a strong presence in the filmmaking industry, and quite rightly so by looking at this independent failure rate test for commonly used hard drives (G-Tech use HGST drives), I’m surprised product like these haven’t turned up sooner, it’s great to see them now entering the rugged market.
The drives will be available soon, I’ll update this article with links to purchase when they do.
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