Hitachi Looks to Deliver Big Storage in a Small Package

 
 
By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-04
 
 
 

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced that it has added two new hard drives to its G-Technology series of storage devices. The new drives come in 1TB and 4TB sizes and are incorporated into the G-Technology G-Drive and G-Raid solutions.

The new drives bring impressive amounts of storage space to what are considered mobile or small-business storage devices. The 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 (for G-DRIVE Mobile) and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000 (for G-DRIVE and G-RAID) have been both designed primarily for Apple Macintosh environments and should prove ideal for those working with large video or image files, as well as supporting backup and archival functions. The G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions are formatted for Mac OS X systems right out of the box and are Time Machine-ready.

"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," Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business, said in a statement.

"Our G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions have been the cornerstone in many gear bags and post-production houses as content creators need big, fast and reliable storage," Williams said. "Our new solutions with Hitachi Travelstar and Deskstar hard drives are a welcome addition to our family as they give our customers more tools with higher capacities to use in their digital environments."

Although Hitachi positions the drives for Apple Macintosh systems, the units also support Microsoft Windows environments. A simple initialization is all that is required to prepare the drives for use with Windows devices. The drives are 7,200-rpm units and are housed in an all-aluminum enclosure for cool operation.

Hitachi GST will ship its Travelstar 5K1000 and Deskstar 7K4000 drives to OEMs, distributors and channel partners in Q1 2012.

The G-RAID is available with 8TB capacity (4TB RAID 1) for $900, while the G-Drive comes in four capacities, ranging from 1TB to 4TB, with prices ranging from $200 to $450. Meanwhile, the G-Drive mobile USB, which Hitachi ships configured for use with a USB port, comes in 750GB and 1TB capacities and is priced at $150 and $200, respectively.

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