This week at NAB, Western Digital has unveiled three new external solid-state drives under its pro-grade G-Technology brand. Designed as business-focused storage solutions, these new SSDs sport serious performance and big price tags. In fact, these new drives can deliver transfer speeds up to 2800MB/s, which is ideal for today’s high-resolution content.
Leading off today’s laundry list of new announcements is the G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD. Designed for large projects captured in 8K or virtual reality formats, this lightning fast drive is capable of transferring data at up to 2800MB/s. That works out to a full terabyte of storage in just seven minutes of time.
The Mobile Pro connects via Thunderbolt 3 and sports a “durable, shock-resistant design” that’s made for life on-the-go. It’s also bus-powered, so you won’t need any extra AC cables for use away from home. It ships with a five-year warranty and has a list price of $1,050.
Next up is the new G-Drive Pro SSD, which delivers up to 7.68TB of storage in a desktop design. Made for use at home or the office, this model sports the same transfer speeds as the portable SSD referenced above. One of the biggest advantages is dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, which is ideal for daisy-chaining multiple drives together.
If you’re interested in this one, it’s going to cost you. The entry-level 960GB model has a retail price of $1,400 with the largest capacity model topping out at $7,600 for 7.7TB of storage.
Finally, the new G-SPEED Shuttle Thunderbolt 3 SSD. Arriving in 8 and 16TB capacities, this monster starts at $5,100. Truly a professional accessory, it’s made so that multi-angle footage can be edited in real-time with nearly no lag. It ships with two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining and offers the same blazing fast 2800MB/s transfer speeds.
You can learn all about the new G-Technology drives coming at NAB this week right here. Some models are now listed for purchase today with additional availability coming shortly.
ACCESS, EDIT AND SHARE MASSIVE 4K AND 8K RAW VIDEO FROM MULTI CAMERA SHOOTS IN REAL TIME WITH FAST AND RELIABLE WESTERN DIGITAL THUNDERBOLT 3 SSD SOLUTIONS
Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is meeting the escalating fast-transfer and high-capacity demands of professional content creators by enabling real-time 4K and 8K workflows with three new professional-grade ultra-fast solutions in its powerful G-Technology® G-DRIVE® and G-SPEED® Shuttle product families.
Working with large 4K and 8K RAW video means massive file sizes and is undoubtedly one of the largest pain points for content editors. With new cameras capable of capturing over 400 MB/s of RAW data, there is an opportunity for content professionals to create incredibly high-resolution footage and ever-more immersive viewer experiences. It is not uncommon for a production crew to be on-location for two or three months recording three to four terabytes per day of footage from multiple cameras. With this expansion of data capture, comes a potential bottleneck in maintaining a real-time workflow on location – until now.
“Saving time means getting more done, which means booking more jobs over the course of a year,” said Scott Vouri, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Western Digital. “Creative professionals need to know that their drives will keep up with the growing demands of their workflows. To capitalize on these opportunities, the right tools are crucial. When working in the field, production teams need a fast solution that can handle demanding workflows of 4K and 8K content with the ability to quickly collect that valuable footage and be able to edit on the spot. With the power of Thunderbolt 3, and transfer rates up to 2800MB/s, the new G-Technology Pro SSDs offer an ultra-fast, super-reliable solution for any creative project team.”
G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD
With storage running at 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD (Up to 1TB of capacity) lets you edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of media in seven minutes or less (for capacities 1TB or larger) wherever you are. A durable, shock-resistant design uses specially engineered components to endure traveling, while a single Thunderbolt™ 3 port lets you instantly edit footage on the go with incredible speed without the need for wall power. An aluminum core prevents overheating and maintains a consistent high performance, and with a trusted 5-year limited warranty, you get durable, fast solutins. The G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD solution with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. Summer of 2018 in capacities of 500GB ($659.95) and 1TB ($1,049.95) USD.
G-DRIVE Pro SSD
Equipped with scorching fast transfer rates of up to 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD solution (up to 7.68TB of capacity) with Thunderbolt 3 technology enables a filmmaker to edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of content in seven minutes or less (for capacities 1TB or larger). Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports are ready to daisy-chain up to five additional devices, while a stackable, rugged aluminum enclosure offers a durable way to help keep your workplace tidy. Combined with Enterprise-class solid state drives, an endurance rating of one drive write per day (DW/D) endurance rating, and a trusted 5-year limited warranty, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD delivers reliable, high-performance desktop storage you can rely on. The G-DRIVE Pro SSD solution with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. May of 2018 in capacities of 960GB ($1,399.95), 1.92TB ($2,099.95), 3.84TB ($4,099.95) and 7.68TB ($7,599.95) USD.
G-SPEED Shuttle SSD
With up to 16TB of SSD capacity, the G-SPEED Shuttle SSD with Thunderbolt 3 is optimized to support multi-stream HD, 4K, 8K, VR and VFX workflows. Equipped with transfer rates up to 2800MB/s, hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, and eight removable SSDs pre-loaded and configured in RAID 5, it is built for ultra-demanding production workflows. The G-SPEED Shuttle SSD is available in the U.S. this month in capacities of 8TB ($5,099.95) and 16TB ($7,599.95).
*Backward compatible with Thunderbolt 2 using Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter
**Based on read speed.
1As used for transfer rate, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.
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