G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini & Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750 GB ReviewRHKCommander959 - November 7, 2011
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Hard drive manufacturers have been producing external storage drives for a very long time. In general, the technology is similar to that of internal storage drives, with the exception of protective casing and external connections on the former. Generally, USB, eSATA, or 1394 IEEE FireWire have been used for connectivity. The quest has always been to have more space, faster speeds, and smaller form factors — convenience all around. While most older devices required a secondary means of power such as an external power supply, newer devices can now be completely powered by USB or FireWire connections.
Today, Hitachi has provided two of their recent 750 GB External Hard Disk Drives: the G-DRIVE Mini and the Touro Mobile Pro. The first is protected by an aluminum case with a heat sink. Supporting Mac computers out of the box, it is also compatible with Windows systems after a quick formatting. Connectivity utilizes FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0. On the other hand, the second drive utilizes USB 3.0 and has relatively smaller dimensions. Uniquely, its style is reminiscent to that of the iPhone 4.
We will first examine the G-DRIVE Mini – a drive with a capacity of 750 GB and operation at 7200 RPM. The front of the box lists these features and the supported connections – FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0. It also displays a decent corner-shot image of the drive. The design of the package is clean and simple, with a blue and white color scheme. The back of the box displays the drive next to a laptop, alongside photos of its features and included carrying case. Specifications in both English and French can be found at the bottom, most notably presenting the drive’s out-of-the-box support for Mac systems. On top of that, it can be formatted for Windows usage too!
Information-wise, the first side also lists the package contents, system compatibility, and drive specifications. Flipping to the other side, we can find some suggested uses and an approximate estimate for the number of movies, MP3s, or photos per 100GB of storage – 50,000 2 MB photos, 25,000 4 MB MP3s, and 140,700 MB DivX movies. The barcode label is on this side as well. Lower down, there is a circle indicating its three year warranty and four squares indicating support for Mac and PC computers through FireWire and USB connections.
The top and bottom of the box both display the G-Technology logo and their saying: “Performance. Style. Reliability”. The top also indicates the drive as an award-winning high performance Hitachi 2.5" model in an all-aluminum enclosure.
Upon opening the box, we are greeted by a large G-Technology logo and a smaller Mac logo. While this drive is formatted for plug-and-play on the Mac operating system, there is also a link and instructions for installing the drive onto Windows via the included CD. Most importantly, the drive is completely protected by foam.
Underneath the foam, we find the drivers CD and additional information about formatting the drive for Windows. Further inside, there is a flap that hides the cables and carrying case.
The carrying case is of decent quality, using Velcro to stay shut. On the backside, it has an elastic band to secure its cables. Included is a FireWire 800 cable, a FireWire 800-to-400 adapter cable, and a USB 2.0 cable, so connectivity is not a problem!
The drive comes with a product CD and a reminder card for the user to reference the G-Technology website for information on formatting the drive for the Windows operating systems. Lastly, the drive is protected by a gray antistatic bag.
Time to open up the second drive!