G-Technology Reveals 8TB Two-Drive RAID Storage Rig, With Thunderbolt

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News Posted: Thu, Sep 8 2011 12:57 PM
We may have just rounded up the best 3TB drives for your desktop expansion needs, but since bigger is always around the corner, G-Technology is wasting no time in showing off a new two-drive 8TB G-RAID solution for those who just can't archive enough.

The company has selected IBC in Amsterdam as the launch pad for their new G-Technology by Hitachi 4TB-based storage solutions, a two-drive RAID 0 device that comes formatted for Mac that can easily be switched over for PC users.

Best of all, there's a model that will ship with Apple's Thunderbolt I/O port, promising (theoretical) data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. At 8TB, this is also the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world, and for those that own a Mac Pro, the design should fit right in with the motif. The solutions will feature Hitachi's 4TB 7200RPM drives, and they'll begin shipping the 4TB-based G-RAID and single-drive G-DRIVE solutions with eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via cable) and USB 2.0 ports in October.

First in a family of solutions, the company’s Thunderbolt 4TB-based G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions will ship in Q4. 
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BTate replied on Thu, Sep 8 2011 3:12 PM

At full transfer speed aren't we speaking 1GBps roughly, which means it takes 2 hours to transfer 8TB at that speed. I'm more interested in what the actual performance of those 4TB drives are, they can't possibly be writing/reading very fast with how much work it is to get at every bit on their discs.

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1Gbps you mean (that's 128MBps) which should be off of one drive. Since this is RAID0, your looking at ~190 to 220 MBps on seq data.

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