Along with the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt, G-Technology also introduced the new Evolution Series flexible storage solution with a drive dock and expandable drive modules. The line includes the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, a two-bay drive docking station, and the G-DRIVE ev and the G-DRIVE ev PLUS USB 3.0 external hard drive modules. Combined, the system offers high performance and easy storage expansion for efficient photography, 2K and 4K digital cinema workloads.
The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is a two-bay, hot-swappable docking station with user-configurable RAID 1 (protected) or RAID 0 (performance). Two 1TB removable USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev hard drive modules are shipped with the G-DOCK. Unlike most storage systems with bare hard drives, the G-DOCK allows users to take out the G-DRIVE ev modules and insert another module for data backup or more storage space. The hard drive module can also be used as a standalone external hard drive. Working like a hub, the G-DOCK ev allows creative professionals to quickly copy data to as many USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev external storage modules as needed for protecting, transferring, editing and distributing content throughout the workflow. The dock has two Thunderbolt connectors for future storage expansion and daisy chaining with other Thunderbolt products.
The G-DRIVE ev and G-DRIVE ev Plus are 2.5-inch external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. They are based on 7200RPM hard drive, and can be used with G-DOCK ev or as a standalone portable hard drive. The ev, available in 500GB or 1TB, offers up to 137MB/s transfer rate while the ev Plus (comes in 1TB) provides up to 250MB/s speeds. Other than USB 3.0, they also have a STAT 6Gbps interface for connection to the G-DOCK.
All these Evolution products have all aluminum enclosure and are Mac-formatted out-of- the-box. The G-DOCK ev, including two 1TB G-DRIVE ev, is priced at $749.95. The G-DRIVE ev is priced at $149.95 for 500GB and $199.95 for 1TB, while the 1TB G-DRIVE ev Plus costs $349.95.