Released May, 2006
The Pros:Durable construction with two hot swappable SATA drives in RAID 1 formation. Front panel blue LED status
display with controls. Internal power supply and cooling fan.
The Cons:Can be a bit noisy.
The G-Tech G-SAFE is an external RAID 1 drive that contains two hot-swappable 7200 RPM hard drives. These drives run in a mirror formation which means you use one drive and the other automatically makes a copy of all of your data.
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Available capacities include 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB and the included interfaces are USB 2.0, two Firewire 800(Firewire 400 adapter cable included) and 3Gbit eSATA. The design is also 'safe' oriented as it is made of solid aluminum and has an internal cooling fan for heat dissipation, as well as having a security lock slot for locking the unit to a safe location. Since G-Tech drives are aimed at Macintosh users, it comes preformatted for the OS X platform and is plug and play compatible with Time Machine; it even looks like Mac G5 computers. Windows users may still use the G-SAFE after reformatting it to the NTFS file system.
This is slower than a RAID 0 formation and only one drive can be accessed but for situations where file security is most important it is beneficial. Since they are removable it is possible to buy a replacement drive, however the unit is only compatible with drives made by G-Tech. A front panel ambient blue LED display with function controls is capable of displaying drive status including temperature information for each drive, even emitting an alarm signal should there be a problem.
- 2 removable SATA II drives in RAID 1 formation
- Capacity: 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB
- 7200 RPM spindle speed
- RAM Cache: Up to 32MB per drive
- Interface: 3Gbit eSATA, two Firewire 800(Firewire 400 via included adapter), USB 2.0
- Internal power supply
- Cooling fan with aluminum heat sink enclosure
- On/Off switch
- Dimensions: 7.6" x 4.9" x 4" / 193 x 127 x 102 mm
- Weight: 10 lbs / 4.5 kg
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Durable construction with two hot swappable SATA drives in RAID 1 formation
Front panel blue LED status
display with controls
Internal power supply and cooling fan
Preformatted for Mac OS X and is Plug and Play with Time Machine
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