G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt External Hard Drive

Get help buying. or call 1 800 MY-APPLE.
  • Overview

    The G-Technology G-DRIVE hard drive is a superb choice for projects on your Mac like digital photography, audio/video editing, and high-speed data backup that involve huge amounts of data. That's because its Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces can handle enormous traffic volumes. Plus it's plug and play on Mac OS X and ready to use with Time Machine. And G-DRIVE remains cool and quiet thanks to an all-aluminum enclosure with an integrated heat-sink system.

    Highlights

    Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports for ultimate high-speed data transfer

    Integrated heat-sink for near silent operation and cooling

    Solid all-aluminum case makes for durability and stylish looks

    Plenty of storage for digital video, music, and photo files

    Time Machine compatible

    Plug-and-play setup on Mac OS; easily reformatted for Windows

    Three-year limited warranty

    Did You Notice?

    The sleek aluminum enclosure delivers the best in reliability and durability.

    Apple Recommends For

    A perfect companion for your Mac and all your demanding applications.

    What’s in the Box

    G-Technology G-DRIVE external hard drive

    Universal AC power supply

    Thunderbolt cable

    USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0)

    Quick start guide

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Time Machine compatible

    Connections: Thunderbolt, USB 3

    Power Source: External power supply

    Height: 1.89 in./4.8 cm

    Length: 5.12 in./13 cm

    Width: 9.25 in./23.5 cm

    Weight: 2.94 lb./1.33 kg

    System Requirements

    Requirements Software: Mac OS X v10.7 or later, Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (via reformat)

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 0G03050

    UPC or EAN No.: 705487200621

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: Three-year limited

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful external drive: G-Technology

      I picked up the 4TB Thunderbolt drive at my local Apple Store for less than list price (!!!). It is a very solid, well designed, solid aluminum enclosure that I picked up the 4TB Thunderbolt drive at my local Apple Store for less than list price (!!!). It is a very solid, well designed, solid aluminum enclosure that compliments any Apple setup (mine is a Mac Mini). It is whisper quiet without a fan and virtually zero disc noise. It gets only slightly warm after extended use. Set up could not have been easier. Plug it in (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0) and Apple Time Machine launches automatically. One or two clicks and off it goes. The first backup (my principal use) took about 2 hours (1TB+ of data with Thunderbolt) and the back-up files were easy to find and access. I am pleased with the data transfer rate (165 MB/sec) and the integration into the Apple ecosystem is excellent. A good solid piece of kit. If you are a user and holder of big media files and projects, this is an very good choice particularly with Thunderbolt connectivity. The 3-year warranty also gives me some piece of mind as well.

      • Written by Richard C from Oakville

      78 of 83 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Beautiful external drive: G-Technology

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      G All The Way!

      I'm a photographer and so have been using external HD's for years to back up all of the large image files. I know people have different positive and negative ex I'm a photographer and so have been using external HD's for years to back up all of the large image files. I know people have different positive and negative experiences with their peripherals but for me, Hitachi G-Drives have been the best by far. I have purchased over 12 of them and have yet to have any problem. Before the G-Drives, I had used LaCie and had a few scares with them. This latest G-Drive being a Thunderbolt, was being used with an adapter because the old Mac Tower only had a Firewire 800 port but I recently upgraded to a new Mac Tower which has Thunderbolt and the speed is pretty fast! I don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about when speaking of the noise. All of my G-Drives have been quiet. It was one of my LaCie drives that sounded like a jet airplane taking off that had a noise problems plus it was going to die for sure. You can trust these drives!...which is the most important factor.

      • Written by MATTHEW F from GARDEN GROVE

      53 of 54 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?G All The Way!

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Be careful

      Nice product but it's a dead end thunderbolt ... Only one port. I got 2 of those looking to daisy chaine but will have to return it

      • Written by Miguel L from Clarence Creek

      55 of 86 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Be careful

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Slow Speeds.

      I purchased the 4TB G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt. The drive has a deep vibration sound. Also the drive has worrying clicking noise. Staff at Apple Store stated I I purchased the 4TB G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt. The drive has a deep vibration sound. Also the drive has worrying clicking noise. Staff at Apple Store stated I would see around 150-200 MB/s using the thunderbolt port. Unfortunately I was not able to verify this before purchasing. I am getting nowhere near the write and read speed. I would be lucky to get 100MB/s using Blackmagic speed test program with 5GB Block. a 800MB photo library takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to copy. Disappointing to say the least. It is connected via thunderbolt 2 port on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB ram with 1TB SSD

      • Written by Doug W from Croydon

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Slow Speeds.

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Great so Far

      I own a small video production company and edit with FCPX. I've started of late, buying Gtech because I have had issues with other drives. So far no issues wi I own a small video production company and edit with FCPX. I've started of late, buying Gtech because I have had issues with other drives. So far no issues with this Unit. Speed is great for what I need it for, Anything more strenuous gets put on my Gspeed Studio. If you need a good fast drive for HD and even 2k footage this one will work great. tested speeds of 204MB/s write and 193MB/s read. Only things I don't like is that it is a Thunderbolt deadend, and the drive is a touch noisy when active. However I can live with those small issue, really nothing to complain about.

      • Written by Mark M from Moncton

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great so Far

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fast Back up

      This is a great product. I was almost tempted to buy a lesser product on Amazon, but then decided this is not an area to look for bargains. Appears to be a sol This is a great product. I was almost tempted to buy a lesser product on Amazon, but then decided this is not an area to look for bargains. Appears to be a solid purchase.

      • Written by MYRON S from CALGARY

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fast Back up

  • Answers from the community