Hitachi Announces Two G-Technology Drives Ahead of CES

Hitachi is planning to display a pair of new hard drives at CES, the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both will be in the company’s G-Technology family, which is a line of products designed exclusively for Apple products.

The 2.5-inch Travelstar 5K1000 features a 6Gbps SATA interface and will be wrapped in a G-DRIVE mobile or G-DRIVE mobile USB portable chassis. The former features USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, and the latter offers USB 2.0. The two variations on the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 are bus-powered, Time Machine-ready, and will ship in the first quarter of 2012. The G-DRIVE mobile USB and G-DRIVE mobile will cost $179.99 and $199.99, respectively.

L to R: G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB

The 7200RPM, 4TB Deskstar 7K4000, meanwhile, will be the basis for Hitachi’s G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions. The drive features 6Gbps SATA and a 64MB cache buffer, and the all-aluminum drive enclosures offer 3Gbps eSATA, FireWire 800/400, and USB 2.0 connectivity. Both are configured for Mac OS X and Time Machine out of the box, although they can easily be configured for use with Windows-based systems.

The 4TB Deskstar 7K4000-based G-DRIVE will start at $449.99, and the G-RAID--which boasts a pair of the 4TB drives--will cost $899.99. Both will ship in the first quarter of 2012.

L to R: G-DRIVE and G-RAID

G-Technology External Drives Feature Two New Hitachi GST Hard Drives

G-Technology™ G-DRIVE™ Mobile Family Now Features New 1TB, 2.5-inch Travelstar™ 5K1000 Hard Drives; G-Technology G-DRIVE and G-RAID™ to be Upgraded with New 4TB, 3.5-inch 7,200 RPM Deskstar™ 7K4000 High Performance Hard Drives

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 – Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that it has added two new hard drives to its portfolio of high quality solutions – the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both hard drives will ship in its line of G-Technology branded solutions, which are exclusively designed for the Apple® Mac® and content creation community.
“Whether you’re looking for a RAID solution, desktop solution or portable hard drive, G-Technology continues to deliver the most trusted external storage solutions available”

G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB with 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 Hard Drives
Perfect for on-the-go Mac users, the G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB are stylish and thin portable drives designed for your Apple MacBook®, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air®. With Mac plug and play simplicity, and storage capacities up to 1TB¹ using Hitachi 5,400 RPM drives, you’ll find that the G-DRIVE mobile solutions are perfect for storing your most important documents, MP3s, digital video and photo files. Wrapped up in their sleek enclosure is the new, rugged Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 hard drive. The Travelstar 5K1000 is the first 1TB 2.5-inch drive with a 6Gb/s SATA interface and delivers the highest 5,400 RPM performance in both PCMark® Vantage and PCMark7 testing². The G-DRIVE mobile offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity for fast data transfers, while the G-DRIVE mobile USB offers ubiquitous USB 2.0. Both drives are Time Machine® ready and are bus powered so when you’re out and about you don’t need to add an external AC power supply to your laptop case. The new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB drive will be shipping in limited quantities in January to online and retail stores. Suggested retail pricing will be $179.99 for 1TB and $149.99 for 750GB. The 1TB G-DRIVE mobile will be shipping Q1'12 with an MSRP of $199.99.

G-Technology G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions with 4TB Deskstar 7K4000, 7,200 RPM Hard Drives
Known for delivering performance, style and reliability, G-Technology’s well-known G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions now feature Hitachi’s massive 4TB, 7,200 RPM Deskstar 7K4000 hard drives. The new power-efficient, high-quality and high-performance Deskstar 7K4000 drive boasts a 6Gb/s SATA interface and 64MB cache buffer, helping the G-DRIVE and G-RAID solutions provide quick access to data. Featuring nothing but 7,200 RPM hard drives and an all-aluminum enclosure for a cool operation, both G-Technology external drives offer the ultimate in flexibility by providing 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB2.0 ports. The G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions are formatted for Mac OS X systems right out of the box and are Time Machine ready. A simple initialization is required to prepare the drives for use with Windows® systems.³ Specific product details include:

G-RAID – The G-Technology G-RAID is a blazing fast, dual drive RAID 0 storage solution with capacities up to 8TB. Ideal for professional content creators, it supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications including Final Cut Pro™, Adobe® Premiere® and many more. The G-RAID solution is capable of delivering up to 200 MB/second transfer rate when connected to any Mac or PC via eSATA. Its soft-touch On/Off switch and thermo-regulated “smart” fan keeps the G-RAID reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite. Shipping in Q1'12, the 8TB G-RAID will have an MSRP of $899.99.

G-DRIVE – The G-Technology G-DRIVE is a professional strength external hard drive in a single-drive desktop solution. With capacities now up to 4TB, G-DRIVE is the perfect high-performance solution for storage intensive applications including A/V editing, digital photography, music libraries, and high-speed data backup. The drive features a fan-less cooling system for a quiet operation. The 4TB G-Technology G-DRIVE will be shipping in limited quantities in Q1'12. Suggested retail pricing will be $449.99 for 4TB, $349.99 for 3TB, $249.99 for 2TB and $199.99 for 1TB.