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G-Technology 8TB G-SPEED eS 4-Bay RAID Array with 4x 2TB Enterprise Drives

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The G-Technology's 8TB G-SPEED eS 4-BAY RAID Array with four 2TB Enterprise Drives is an economical, high-performance, high-storage solution designed for professional video content creators. This compact and whisper-quiet G-SPEED eS sports a 3Gbit eSATA interface great for transmitting the large amounts of data demanded by video files. It features the maximum memory per G-Speed eS with four 2TB hot-swappable Hitachi Ultrastar 7200 RPM SATA drives. With this Enterprise-quality setup, you definitely have the memory you need to store video and to speedily and easily access it for streaming.

Since an eSATA host adapter for connecting the unit to your computer is not included, you have two options for deciding on one. If you decide to use another company's port multiplier aware eSATA host adapter, you can configure the G-SPEED eS as only a software RAID or a JBOD. As your second option, if you use G-Technology's PCIe 4x RAID controller, you will have a much greater variety of RAID options. The controller allows you to configure your G-SPEED eS as a RAID 0,1,5,10 or JBOD.

As such, you have more flexibility in choosing the right configuration for your work, whether you need more storage, extra reliability, simultaneous access to video files, or some ratio between the three. When used with this controller, it supports multi-stream SD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed HD workflows. For example, a single G-SPEED eS used with the G-Technology controller supports up to four simultaneous streams of ProRes422 HQ or one stream of uncompressed 1080/60i. Moreover, in terms of just storage capacity, one terabyte of memory holds up to 84 hours of HDV 1080i, 17 hours of DVCPRO HD 1080/60i, 13 Hours of 8 bit SD, 10 hours of ProRes 422HQ, 10 hours of 10 bit SD and 2.25 hours of HD 1080/60i.

When used with G-Technology's controller, you can setup your RAID configurations and monitor your system via an easy-to-use, web-based graphic user interface. Accessed via any internet browser on your computer, this simple GUI can easily keep track of your RAID's performance and, in the event of a disk failure, have the G-SPEED eS alert you via email.

Along with this safety mechanism, the G-SPEED eS features locks for each drive, a sturdy aluminum casing and two internal fans for preventing the hard drives from overheating. In addition, the G-SPEED, itself, will sound audible alarms in case a disc fails, the internal temperature nears 140deg.F, a fan stops, a fan spins too slowly to cool the system, or when the enclosure is improperly disconnected from the G-Technology PCIe RAID controller.

Beyond all these exceptional features, should you ever decide 8TB of memory isn't enough, you also have the option of scaling up. If you use the G-Technology PCIe RAID controller, you can connect up to four 8TB G-SPEED eS enclosures at once. With another company's host adapter, you might be able to do the same, depending on what it allows. If you do go for the maximum amount of scalable memory, you can connect four enclosures of 8TB apiece for a total of 32TB of memory! All told, the 8TB G-SPEED eS is an economical, high-storage, high-performance RAID hard-drive array designed with all the right features to keep you, the professional video content creator, busily at work!

What's Included With This Item

  • G-Technology 8TB G-SPEED eS 4-BAY RAID Array
  • 4 x Removable SATA Drive Modules (Installed in Unit)
  • 2 x Disk Module Keys
  • 1-meter eSATA Cable
  • AC Power Cable
  • Configuration Utility & Installation CD
  • G-Technology 3 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Key Features

  • Whisper-quiet aluminum enclosure features four hot-swappable drives
  • Supports multi-stream SD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed HD workflows with the G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller (not included)
  • Supports RAID 0,1,5,10 and JBOD with G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller (not included) or software RAID and JBOD with another company's port multiplier aware eSATA host adapter
  • Offers 8TB of storage capacity
  • With the G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller, you can connect up to four 8TB enclosures at once for 32TB of total storage capacity
  • Web-based configuration and management that's easy to use and setup with the G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller
  • Auto-rebuild and email notifications when using the enclosure with the G-Tech PCIe 4x RAID controller
  • Two "smart" cooling fans ensure reliable operation and data integrity
  • Unique industrial design and compact all aluminum enclosure

Technical Specs

Capacity 8TB / 4x  2TB
Array Type Hot-Swappable
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Cache Up to 32MB per drive
Bays 4x
Drive Types Supported 4x SATA II
Channels 1
Video Stream Playback One G-Speed eS used w/ the G-Tech PCIe x4 RAID controller:
Multi-stream DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, ProRes 422 & uncompressed SD playback in RAID 0 or RAID 5 mode and single-stream 8-bit, 1080/60i HD playback in RAID 0 or RAID 5 mode
Array Configuration RAID
Levels Supported: 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD
Desktop/Rackmount Desktop
Status Indicator Via the web Graphical User Interface
Via audible alarm when disk drive failure occurs
Via red warning LED on front panel and audible alarm when system isn't cooling enough
Via audible alarm when G-Speed eS is removed from RAID controller without first being "unplugged" in the Array Maintenance menu in the web GUI
Input and Output Connectors 1x 3Gbit, eSATA
Fan 2x "smart" cooling fans
Security 4x Disk Module Locks
System Compatibility 1 For MAC:
Apple Mac Pro (Intel Mac) workstation
Mac OS X 10.4.x or higher
G-Tech PCIe RAID Controller or third party port multiplier aware eSATA host adapter
For PC:
PCIe equipped workstation
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
G-Tech PCIe RAID Controller or third party port multiplier aware eSATA host adapter
System Compatibility 2 FOR RAID controller: Mac Pro (Intel processor) or PC with available PCIe x4 slot:
Windows Vista/XP/2000Windows 2000, XP, Vista and greater than 2TB support in Windows 32bit environments
Mac OS X 10.3 +
Compatibility Drivers included with installation software
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Environmental Requirements 50-95Deg.F / 10-35Deg.C
Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.25 x 4.9 x 6.5" / 210 x 124 x 166 mm
Weight 12.5 lb / 5.7 kg
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