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

Maria J. Danford

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SanDisk

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.

Also: Best external tough drives

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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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