Kool Tools: G-Technology's G-RAID mini
When you think of the terms "mini" and "RAID," you probably don't think of them in the same context. That's about to change with the G-RAID mini (http://www.g-technology.eu/products/g-raid-mini.php) from G-Technology.
Designed as a companion for video and still shooters or editors working on location, the G-RAID mini solution is set up in RAID 0 (performance mode) out of the box. It has two 7,200 RPM drives working together to make it easy for users to edit the most popular compressed HD formats.
The G-RAID mini supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 HQ with such video editing software titles as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. Using the included software utility, the G-RAID mini can be configured in RAID 1 (protected mode) to protect your digital content when you're on the road.
The G-RAID mini is FireWire bus powered -- even when using USB 3.0 for data transfer. The G-RAID mini’s soft-touch on/off switch and thermo-regulated "smart" fan keeps the drive reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite.
Production houses and creative studios will appreciate its small compact size (149 x 83 x 38 mm) and tough, all-aluminum enclosure. The G-RAID mini is formatted at the factory HFS+ with Journaling and is Time Machine ready right out of the box. And if you must, a simple initialization is all it takes to prepare it for use with Windows systems.
Shipping later this quarter, the 2TB G-RAID mini solution will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of approximately $444.