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Hitachi unveils a slew of hard drives for Macs

updated 05:20 am EST, Wed January 4, 2012

Hitachi takes the wraps off new Mac hard drives

Hitachi has introduced a slew of new hard drive solutions for Macs ahead of CES 2012. Among the options for Mac users include new internal hard drives as well as desktop and mobile hard drive solutions. The new drives range variously in capacity from 750GB through to 8TB.

The new Hitachi internal drives for Macs include the 2.5-inch, 5,400rpm 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 3.5-inch, 7,200rpm 4TB Deskstar 7K4000. They will be packaged in Hitachi's G-Technology solutions and have full support for the SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard.

The new desktop hard drives, the G-RAID and the G-Drive both utilize the Deskstar 7K4000 drive. The G-RAID is offered in an 8GB capacity (or 4TB in RAID 1) and will cost $900. The G-Drive can be had in 1TB through to 4TB capacities at a cost starting at $200 and topping out at $450. All the drives offer FireWire, eSATA and USB 2.0 connectivity.

The new mobile drives are both bus-powered, and do not require a separate power adapter. The mobile G-Drive is powered by a FireWire connection and comes with 1TB of storage for $200. The G-Drive mobile USB, is powered by a its namesake USB port. It comes in two flavors, a 750GB model for $150 and a 1TB version for $180.

While made specifically with Mac users in mind, any of the drives can be reformatted to work with other platforms.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. byRyan

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    wheres the thunder

    if its made for mac's - why no thunderbolt?

  1. facebook_John

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    esata? No Thunderbolt? Garbage!

    Made for Macs yet no Thunderbolt option, garbage! Big FAIL!

  1. jay3ld

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    offered in an 8GB capacity (or 4TB in RAID 1)

    Awesome, go from 8GB capacity to 4TB by just putting it in a RAID 1, wished my drives did that!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: esata? No Thunderbolt? Garbage!

    Made for Macs yet no Thunderbolt option, garbage! Big FAIL!

    More macs can run these drives then if they had just a thunderbolt option, which would offer NO actual advantage (since the drives won't max out Firewire 800).

    And maybe you haven't noticed, but NOBODY is making Thunderbolt anything. Why? Well, you've got issues with the fact that no computers yet offer it but Macs, (and not even all macs!). Plus there's no real push from anyone to go in that direction (except Apple, who wants to 'lead' the pack, and Intel, who owns the rights so they want to get everyone using it so they can make a bundle in licensing that they no longer can make from USB).

    Maybe in a couple of years it'll be bigger than firewire (which isn't saying much, but let's just go with it). And then I'm sure we'll hear how Apple was ahead of the curve and all that, disregarding the fact that most people have a useless port on their computers that, by the time it does reach the 'big time', they'll be ready for a new computer anyway. You know, the reason we're told that Apple doesn't support USB 3.0.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006


    Coming soon

    PC makers will get access to Thunderbolt around April. Expect an influx of new devices around that time.

    As for drives not outpacing Firewire 800: come on! If that were the case why bother with eSATA? It's not, so it is.

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