SanDisk G-Drive hands-on: Putting the ArmorATD and SSD to the test



I just discovered out a minor bit of insider baseball understanding about the storage marketplace. SanDisk, which was established way back in 1988, is now owned by Western Digital. SanDisk is generally a reliable-condition storage seller. WD is nicely known as a tough push seller. In 2016, the tough push seller purchased the reliable-condition storage seller, and now SanDisk is a brand name of Western Digital.

I’ve appeared at other WD goods in the past, and this time, the SanDisk team asked me to acquire a seem at some of their storage goods. They despatched me two of their G-series goods. Now, before we go into any particulars, check out this factor out on the correct.

Search at that. How substantially additional suitable could a storage product be for a person named Gewirtz? It really is like it was designed just for me — substantially gruntle.

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Before we dive in on velocity exams, let us talk about robustness. The firm stories that the
G-Travel SSD

 is engineered with IP67 h2o and dust resistance (i.e. immersion in h2o up to one meter for up to 30 minutes), up to three-meter drop security (onto carpeted concrete) and 2,000lbs crush resistance (but you would be sensible not to push about it if you can at all assistance it).


Speaking of robustness, WD also despatched me the
G-Travel ArmorATD

. It also has that great “G” on the side. Additional to the stage, this is a ruggedized push. 

The cable port caught my attention, which is incredibly nicely sealed behind a rubberized gasket. So if you are traveling and happen to drop it into a puddle, no h2o must get in by way of that seal.

Velocity exams

Now, let us run by way of some velocity exams. I analyzed these working with a manufacturing unit fresh new M1 Mac mini working with Mac OS Prolonged (Journaled) as the file technique. I do most of my functionality and video clip perform working with Macs, so I required to see how these would maintain up.

Let us get the painfully obvious out of the way first. No external push, even working with a USB C interface, is going to come any place near to inner storage velocity. Search at the insane functionality of the
Mac mini

 clocks working with just its have inner bits. Wow.


Now, let us seem at the
G-Travel SSD

. Admittedly, it reads and writes in the 700s, and which is significantly decreased than the indigenous functionality, but as I will exhibit you in a minute, it truly is even now really fantastic.


Which is mainly because I in comparison it to my previous favourite USB C SSD, the
Samsung T5

. I use the T5 to capture 6K video clip from my
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digicam 6K

 and it keeps up. But acquire a seem at the functionality exams. The T5 clocks in at approximately 50 percent of the SanDisk G-Travel (and does not have that “helps make David so happy” G symbol on it).


Ultimately, we will acquire a seem at the tough push. I failed to have substantial-velocity expectations for the
G-Travel ArmorATD

 and I wasn’t erroneous. It really is a tough push and spinning platters are constantly a Good deal slower than reliable condition storage. Even so, it truly is an low-cost and sturdy external push which is great for backups and carrying involving destinations.


So there you go. The G-Travel SSD is certainly more rapidly than my previous favourite external SSD but will not come near to the M1’s indigenous inner storage. Not a shock. Over-all, the robustness and quality of the SanDisk choices make them fantastic purchases if they meet your wants.

What are you rocking for external storage? Do you backup to a regional tough push or to the cloud? Do you use a small external push to shift involving equipment? Enable us know in the responses below.

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Maria J. Danford

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