G-Tech G-SPEED eS
Released September, 2004
The Pros:Professional 4-drive array, industry standard used for large scale video recording. Four units can be chained together for a max capacity of 32TB and a write speed of 600MB/s. RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD configurations supported.
The Cons:Only one eSATA connection, made up for by the included eSATA X 4 PCI card.
The G-Tech G-SPEED eS is a full featured professional external hard disk interface designed mainly for use with multi-track video or audio recording. Four hot-swappable Hitachi Deskstar SATA drives are housed inside the unit which comes with two replaceable smart cooling fans and an internal power supply.
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The available capacities of the G-SPEED eS drive range from 1TB to 8TB, making the maximum available space when using four drives 32TB. The unit comes configured in RAID 0 or 'speed' formation which means all four drives are recognized as one, giving the fastest data transfer and the total usable capacity of all drives. However, various RAID configurations may be achieved by using the PCIe X 4 RAID Controller Card including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and also JBOD or 'just a bunch of disks' formations. A 'pro-sumer' version of this drive for smaller scale production would be the G-RAID3 which has only two drives configured in RAID 0 (speed). Comes in a stylish Mac G5 looking design made from lightweight aluminum and preformatted for Mac OS X.
Internal replacement drives are available from G-Tech in 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities and are the only replacement drives that are compatible. A G-Tech PCIe X 4 RAID Controller Card is included which installs into your computer and allows the connection of up to four of these units simultaneously. This raises the write speed to 600MB per second which is optimal for recording multiple streams or 'tracks' of high definition video at once.
- Drive Interface: 3Gbit eSATA
- G-Tech PCIe X 4 RAID Controller Card included. Can chain up to four G-SPEED eS units together
- Hard drive array: 4 X 3Gbit SATA 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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Professional 4-drive array, industry standard used for large scale video recording
Four units can be chained together for a max capacity of 32TB and a write speed of 600MB/s
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD configurations supported
G-Tech PCIe X 4 RAID Controller Card included with four eSATA ports. Installs into computer
Hot-swappable drives can be replaced with new ones from G-Tech
Runs cool and quiet with 2 internal smart fans and aluminum sink G5 design
Only one eSATA connection, made up for by the included eSATA X 4 PCI card
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