G-Drive Q External Hard Drive - HD-Tune Results

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Read Test (eSATA)

G-Drive Q 1TB over eSATA.

Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB over SATA.

Write Test (eSATA)

G-Drive Q 1TB over eSATA.

Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB over SATA.

Read and Write Tests (USB2.0)

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8

gurnaik

February 6, 2009, 4:47 pm

This is clearly aimed at the Apple users who expect to pay a premium.

AndyR

February 10, 2009, 1:26 pm

I'm an Apple user and I wouldn't buy that. Rip of price! I'm happy with my IcyBox enclosure and regular 3.5" drives.

James P

May 9, 2009, 12:06 pm

This drive is not about premium, and not about rip-off price. G-Tech is a bunch of proper nerds (boffins, fer you lot over there :-)) who know that these are going to be used for backup. My experience (considerable) with G-Drives is that they are utterly reliable. They use solid parts, solid build, and solid design, and they *don't fail.* These, unlike LaCie et al, are hard core reliable drives. I don't work for these guys, and I recommend them highly.

ruby

September 15, 2009, 10:28 am

This drive is crap. Customer support is crap. I had this for 2 days and the interface controller card fried. I only used it 2 times. I had to remove it from the case and bypass the interface controller to get my data.





Customer service nearly laughed out loud at me when I suggested one of the controller cards fried. They are crap, crap, crap.





Stay away from these drives.

Rick

May 4, 2010, 5:18 am

- in full agreement with ruby though not so tech savvy as to know such a thing as a controller card issue. 3 g-tech drives in two years and all dead. Thought it might be something wrong with hook up or computer that made them go bad. A lot of time later after putting my set in front of people who know, my g5 checked out perfectly - not so with the drives. I now have two drives that failed out of warranty that need to be recovered and another bought just 2 months ago full of video capture and render files from very large projects that I'll have to wait to see if they can be salvaged. Will never buy another one. Even at the exorbitant prices charged for commercial storage, I have no doubt now that it would be a more cost effective route to go. At the root of a bigger problem is the fact that consumer data storage solutions are the outcome of cutting corners by respectable manufacturers to snatch customers looking for a deal while creating the illusion that their product is a serious one. In any case, Lacie gets a thumbs down from me - other like units aren't worth mentioning.

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