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Tutorial: Leveraging Expandable Thunderbolt Video Storage with the G-Tech G-Dock ev

G-Tech's G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt delivers high-performance portable, expandable RAID storage tailor-made for the video production market, and accessorizes well with MacBook Pros, iMacs, and other Thunderbolt-compatible systems.

 

In this article we’ll take a look at the G-Technology G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt, an expandable video storage solution that’s part of the new G-Technology Evolution series.

The G-Dock ev is sold in a bundle with two 1 TB G-Drive ev drives. These drives can be docked in the G-Dock or used as standalone USB Drives. The compact box set comes complete with a power supply, the drives, and the G-Dock. Plus, now through March 28, Videoguys.com has a promotion including two additional 1 TB G-DRIVE evs, so you’ll receive a total of 4 drives.

In addition, the G-Dock kit includes two USB 3 “Super Speed” cables, one for each of the two G-Drives, and a short Thunderbolt cable for the G-Dock.

Docking the Drives

Once the SATA dust cover is removed, G-Drive ev modules can be docked into either opening of the G-Dock (Figure 1, below). The drive modules click into the G-Dock and the quick release button extends for easy release. With one terabyte on each G-Drive module in RAID 0 you will have 2TBs of total storage.

Figure 1. Docking the G-Drive modules. Click the image to see it at full size.

Powering Up

Once you have the G-Drive modules in place, press the power button on the lower-right corner of the rear panel of the G-Dock unit, shown in Figure 2 (below).

Figure 2. The rear panel of the G-Dock with the fan, Thunderbolt connections, and power. Click the image to see it at full size.

When the G-Dock powers up, the indicator lights on the front of one or both G-Drive modules will glow. This is your indication that the G-Drive module is firmly engaged and ready to be used.

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