New Ruggedized Line-up Joins Evolution Series of Drives

G-Technology launched a new G-RAID drive system offering both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connectivity. The drive will also be available without the Thunderbolt connection for a savings of $100-$200, depending on capacity. 

The G-RAIDs both come with two removable 7200rpm enterprise-class hard disks that can reach maximum transfer rates of 440 MB/sec (Thunderbolt 2) or 400 MB/sec for the USB-only version.

The G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 has a $1,300 MSRP for 16 TB, $1,000 for 12 TB and $800 for 8 TB. The G-RAID with USB 3.0 only is $1,200 for 16 TB, $800 for 12 TB and $600 for 8 TB. Both of the new G-RAIDs are expected to ship in March, the company said.

In addition, G-RAID showed new rugged drives in the Evolution Series: the G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230 for 1 TB), the G-Drive ev ATC with USB 3.0 ($180 for 1 TB), and the USB 3.0  bus-powered G-Drive ev Raw with a rugged bumper ($130 for 1 TB and $100 for 500 GB). Existing G-Drive ev disks can be ruggedized with new standalone all-terrain cases that run $130 MSRP for the Thunderbolt version and $80 for the USB 3.0 version. The new rugged discs were first announced at CES last month with estimated February availability, though the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ev ATC drives are still listed as "coming soon" at G-Tech's website.