Friday, February 1, 2013
G-DRIVE mini USB 3.0 Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm review
Formatted originally for Mac OS X's HFS+, a small instruction is printed inside the packaging instructing users of other operating systems to visit their website for solutions to how to format the drive for their respective systems.
Fortunately formatting it for Windows NTFS is simple enough, for me, but I can't see how average computer users like my dad would know. It would be helpful if a more helpful step by step instruction is included in the packaging, or better yet, just format it for Windows. After all, Windows still run on the majority of PCs. If you are a Windows user and have issues mounting the drive, right click on 'Computer' and click on 'Manage', then head to 'Disk Management', where you can format the drive and assign a drive letter. Voila.
The IO ports are located on the backside and consists of two Firewire ports, a USB 3.0 micro-B port, one/off switch and power plug. Three cables are included in the packaging, two of which are Firewire variations (800 and 800 to 400) and a USB 3.0 cable. All three cables are about a foot in length, far too short in my opinion considering most USB plugs are located at the backside of a desktop PC. A useful case is also included. While the drive itself is bus powered, an optional power adapter can be purchased separately.
As demonstrated in the benchmark test, the G-Drive mini was capable of averaging more than 130MB per second in both write and read tests. This is certainly a vast improvements over the USB 2.0 days when the bus was the bottleneck.
north of £100, where as the new 1TB 7200rpm version I have costs £150 at the Apple Store.