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G-Technology Ships 8 TB Thunderbolt RAID Drive

The device ships with a two 4 TB, 7200 RPM Deskstar hard drives for a total capacity of 8 TB in RAID 0 configuration. The manufacturer says that the bandwidth is enough to enable the drive to "transfer a full-length, high-definition, internet-ready H.264 movie in less than a minute."

G-Technology said that the drive supports multi-stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows and can be daisy-chained with up to five additional Thunderbolt drives via its dual-port interface. The device is sold via Apple Stores and is priced at $1000. A 6 TB version is available for $850 and a 4 TB model sells for $700.

  • stingstang
    a 4tb drive is 500 dollasr now? Oh..Apple. Okay.
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  • jacobdrj
    I was expecting to open the article and seem some crazy number, like 5k or 10k for these drives. 1k for 8TB isn't that unreasonable for the portability and performance... Kudos.

    Still want a Thunderbolt 2.5" enclosure for SSD...
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  • jankeke
    jacobdrjI was expecting to open the article and seem some crazy number, like 5k or 10k for these drives. 1k for 8TB isn't that unreasonable for the portability and performance... Kudos.Still want a Thunderbolt 2.5" enclosure for SSD...Why were you expecting 5k or 10k ??? It's just 8Tb and Thunderbolt !
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  • jacobdrj
    jankekeWhy were you expecting 5k or 10k ??? It's just 8Tb and Thunderbolt !Because it is effectively an apple only product. And apple products, even their accessories, are generally overpriced apple-taxed... Or at least apple-coattailed-taxed, much as firewire devices were often overpriced...

    To see that this is about $125/TB, that isn't unreasonable, particularly with the added portability and speed.
    I can actually recommend this product based on specs for those who may need it without feeling like crap for doing so on a completely unreasonably priced item...
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  • ikyung
    8TB $1000 sounds very reasonable to me.
    A 1TB HDD 7200RPM from WD or Samsung costs about $110-$140.

    If this product does what it says, 8TB sustaining 280mb/s, seems like a good deal to me.
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  • thety6on
    RAID 0? That won't be very reliable...
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  • 4TB on newegg is 340 right now. So they are charging you 320 to put 2 drives in a case......

    But they aren't paying retail for the drives....so really they are charging you more then that for the case...

    And ya that's apple for you....
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  • a4mula
    First this isn't an apple only product. Z77 will ship with thunderbolt support. Second did you see the sustained throughput? 280MB/s is 2nd gen SSD speeds. You're not going to get that from any RAID0 SATA 7200 drives even if you were running them in quads. Maybe some of you haven't been shopping HDD prices lately, but $125 per TB is quite reasonable. This is a great buy for anyone that requires the kind of space it offers.
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  • Draven35
    This drive isn't for 'reliability'. This drive isn't for backups. Its for editing video and film where, yes, RAID 0 is very common.
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  • FireWire2
    RAID0 - Expecting lost hours of work even you're back up daily
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