Western Digital USB-C G-Drive Adds 10TB Of Storage To MacBooks
The newest MacBook and MacBook Pro variants are some of the most polarizing laptops from Apple to date. The move to USB-C, dropping an SD port, USB Type-A, and even MagSafe for the future standard was a bold move. In the long term, it means we’ll have faster transfer speeds, fewer cables to carry around, and a universal charging standard. Until everyone adopts USB-C, were stuck with dongles and other transitional hardware. Western Digital is bringing a new USB-C accessory called the G-Drive.
The G-Drive is a USB-C portable hard drive with a built-in portable battery capable of charging your MacBook. The dual transfer and power cable possible through the Gen 1 USB 3.1 specification, similar to other USB-C ports.
Western Digital USB-C G-Drive offers 4TB or 10TB of storage
The G-Drive is formatted to work the moment you un-box it with Mac’s. Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of your Mac and can be set up with the G-Drive in mere seconds. While it’s possible to use the G-Drive with a PC, you’ll need to reformat the drive or use software to read the data. The included internal battery provides 45 watts of power. The hard disk offers transfer rates of 195 MB/s rates while the disk spin at a rate of 5400 RPM.
The Western Digital HDD with G-Technology cost a hefty amount, but not as much as other USB-C SSDs. The 10 TB will set you back a hefty $449.95 while the 4 TB version will cost you $199.95.
Buying the hard drive for your new MacBook Pro will help cut down on carrying dongles for external hard drives. You’ll also get an external battery which can charge your USB-C Android phone, or you MacBook. Either way, you’re wrapping a couple of gadgets into one box.
Tell us in the comments below if you’re going to pay the $199 or $499 for the USB-C hard drive, or if you’ve found a cheaper alternative tell us!