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G-Technology ships 8TB RAID 0 drive with Thunderbolt

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012

Fast, external drive for video editors ships

The G-RAID Thunderbolt drive introduced in the fall of last year is now shipping. The external drive houses two 4TB, 7,200RPM Hitachi Deskstar hard drives and offers a 10Gbps connection through Intel's Thunderbolt connection, making it suitable for use with Macs and upcoming Windows PCs. It's also the largest external drive of its kind that has RAID 0 striping.

The drive is meant for professional video editors who are on the go and need to work with large files yet need the fast processing speeds. It has two Thunderbolt ports and allows daisy-chaining of as many as six Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals. It can support speeds of up to 280MBps for compressed HD video files such as Redcode, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, and Apple's ProRes 422.

The solid-aluminum case has a Kensington lock and contains a fan.

The drive's suggested retail price is $1,000, while smaller, 6TB and 4TB capacities cost $850, and $700, respectively.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Total Ripoff!

    Who are they kidding?

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How cute! a little Mac Pro

    And just as overpriced too!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dear arne


  1. caribousteaks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    It seems thunderbolt is only the mantra of the uber rich or corporations. Sad for such a great technology. It makes me wonder when Apple is against USB3 (it seems) and yet anything thunderbolt is out of 99% of folks price level. What options are we left with but Firewire 800 or USB2? I wonder how many thunderbolt drives have sold in the US over the past year? Probably not many, or at least not many to normal folks. Thunderbolt is fantastic but useless if you can't afford the (very few) accessories that use it.

  1. chas_m



    Same old, same old

    The "high prices" of TB aren't anything new. Every new technology initially comes out with a premium pricetag to ensure that companies can continue to make money while they gauge public acceptance. If the product is compelling enough that enough people pay the premium price, the price comes down at some point.

    Look at HDTVs, look at SSDs as just two very recent examples. I can remember paying (through work, fortunately) $5,000 for a 10MB (that's MB) hard drive back in the early 80s, and $3,000 for a Laserwriter was not uncommon.

    Because USB2 meets the needs of the sheeple like Arne for the time being, they won't pay for things like SSDs or even USB3 if it costs a premium. Thunderbolt is in fact free on Macs, and now that its coming to the PeeCee machine Arne is secretly lusting for the price will come down and he can finally get one. He's a complete technology closet case.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Same old, same old

    Well the 12 core Mac Pro has not come down in price since it's appearance at the Mac store.

    And the specs do not show ANY improvements in 2 years...

    The conclusion is OBVIOUS,

    Apple ripping off its fervent cult members!

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