G-Technology G-DRIVE Mini & Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750 GB ReviewRHKCommander959 - November 7, 2011
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The G-DRIVE Mini is perforated on the front and sides, while the rear is sealed due the I/O ports. The device has two FireWire 800 ports for high-speed connectivity and a USB 2.0 port for universal compatibility. With an included adapter cable, the drive also supports FireWire 400. Besides that, there is room for an optional power supply for systems that cannot power the drive through the USB port. On our test rig, the USB 2.0 ports easily powered the drive. An on/off switch is used in conjunction with the power supply. The outer case shell wraps around the top and sides to form feet on the bottom. There are six screws reinforcing these feet to the rest of the case, as well as four rubber tabs to give them traction and absorb minor operational vibrations. Also on the bottom, there is a heat sink for proper operational temperatures and extended life expectancy of the drive.
Interestingly, the G-Technology website has a small article that highlights a G-DRIVE Mini that had been in an accident during shipping. Even after being run over by a bus and ascetically ruined, the important data on the drive was still accessible and the drive itself fully functional. The story can be read in further detail here: http://www.g-technology.com/userstories/mangled/
Touro Mobile Pro:
In one word, the Touro Mobile Pro is sleek – gloss black on the top and bottom, surrounded by a silver band. The design is reminiscent to the iPhone 4. The top of the drive has the Hitachi name painted on, while the bottom has two stickers – one for the serial number and the other for general information such as the 750 GB capacity, part number, and RoHS/FCC compliance. The drive has a USB 3.0 Micro-B port, as commonly seen in similar products on the market. The Touro Mobile Pro and G-DRIVE Mini are about the same width and length, but the former is about 7 mm thinner.
The disk included with the G-DRIVE Mini is very simple; it contains drivers for all G-Technology storage solutions. The Manuals/Drivers link sends users to a directory on the disk drive with folders for each product. Although the Product Brochure link is broken, there is a folder in the drive with a PDF introducing all of their products. Otherwise, the Technical Support, G-TECH Accessories, and Registration links all refer to the G-Technology website. On the Touro Mobile Pro, all software is pre-installed on the drive rather than including it on a driver disk. Simply, there is an installation folder for both Macs and Windows systems for a program called Hitachi Backup. Using this program allows the drive to automatically back up any system drive. It can also set up cloud storage using the free 3GB space or allow users to upgrade to the 250GB storage for $49/year.
Next are the specifications and features of both drives.