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G-Tech G-SPEED eS PRO


$3,600.00 Released May, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Designed for professional post-production video editing. Can be chained with another unit to record dual video streams. Very fast 12Gbit min-SAS connection. Online monitoring service can automatically send emails should a drive fail.

The Cons:Very expensive. RAID 0 by default. RAID card has a small fan - smaller fans are known for their loud and tonal noise.

The G-Tech G-SPEED eS PRO is a professional external hard drive array aimed at the multi-track video recording/post-production studio. The enclosure houses four hot-swappable SATA II drives which come prearranged in RAID 0 (speed) formation.

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Product Shot 2 This means that all drives are recognized by the computer as one drive, and data transfer speeds remain fast. An online server is also available which automatically checks the drive for problems, even sending up to four emails if there are any serious issues. This and the G-SPEED eS are a popular choice amongst professional and home users who work in large scale video production, the difference being that this is much faster with it's 12Gbit mini-SAS connection. Unfortunately it can only be linked with one other eS PRO for a total of 16TB available drive space whereas the regular G-SPEED eS uses the slower 3Gbit eSATA but can be chained together in groups of four for a maximum of 32TB. As usual G-Tech drives look like and are formatted for use with Macintosh OS X computers, Windows XP and Vista users will require a reformat before using.

Other RAID configurations are supported, including RAID 1, 3, 5 and 6. This flexibility allows you to have some drives backup other drives or each drive running separately or all drives as one etc. A G-Tech PCIe x8 IOP RAID Controller Card which installs into your computer is included which lets you run two eS PRO units together. This enables two simultaneous streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD to be recorded at once instead of just one as well as providing a maximum of 16TB of total storage space. Better than Fibre-Channel speed performance is offered via super-fast 12Gbit mini-SAS connections compared to the now standard 3Gbit eSATA. 

Features

  • Drive Interface: 12Gbit mini-SAS
  • G-Tech PCIe x8 IOP RAID Controller Card included for chaining two eS PRO drives together
  • Hard drive array: 4 X SATA II removable drives(replaceable from G-Tech)
  • Spindle Speed: 7200 RPM
  • RAM Cache: Up to 32MB per drive
  • Available capacities: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB
  • Aluminum heat sink enclosure with power supply
  • 2 removable smart fans
  • Supports multi-stream SD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed HD workflows
  • Web-based configuration and management
  • Auto-rebuild and email notification
  • Compatible with Windows XP and Vista
  • Security lock slot

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    Designed for professional post-production video editing. Can be chained with another unit to record dual video streams

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    Very fast 12Gbit min-SAS connection

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    Online monitoring service can automatically send emails should a drive fail

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    Four hot-swappable drives replaceable from G-Tech

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    RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, and 6

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    Preformatted for Mac OS X. Windows XP and Vista compatible.

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    external drive housing allows for easy access to drives, ideal for those with smaller or already crowded cases

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    instant satisfaction - no setup required

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    G-Tech PCIe x8 IOP RAID Controller Card included

Cons
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    very expensive

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    RAID 0 by default

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    RAID card has a small fan - smaller fans are known for their loud and tonal noise

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