updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012
Fast, external drive for video editors ships
The G-RAID Thunderbolt drive introduced in the fall of last year is now shipping. The external drive houses two 4TB, 7,200RPM Hitachi Deskstar hard drives and offers a 10Gbps connection through Intel's Thunderbolt connection, making it suitable for use with Macs and upcoming Windows PCs. It's also the largest external drive of its kind that has RAID 0 striping.
The drive is meant for professional video editors who are on the go and need to work with large files yet need the fast processing speeds. It has two Thunderbolt ports and allows daisy-chaining of as many as six Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals. It can support speeds of up to 280MBps for compressed HD video files such as Redcode, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, and Apple's ProRes 422.
The solid-aluminum case has a Kensington lock and contains a fan.
The drive's suggested retail price is $1,000, while smaller, 6TB and 4TB capacities cost $850, and $700, respectively.