Today Western Digital revealed two new external storage solutions from its G-Technology product line. The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3, is one that will probably interest iMac Pro and MacBook Pro owners the most. It’s an external storage unit with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 48TB of storage in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable form factor.
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The G-Speed Shuttle comes with four removable enterprise-class Ultrastar 7200RPM drives, affording read speeds up to 1000MB/s depending on RAID configuration. Speed is a priority, but the main goal here is to provide lots of storage space in a compact form factor.
The drives come bundled with a 5-year limited warranty, and are pre-formated for macOS environments with RAID 5 pre-configured.
Featuring a transportable design with a built-in handle, the G-Speed Shuttle comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports that allow users to daisy chain.
Video content is the obvious application where a setup like this would be put to good use. With this in mind, G-Technology cites demanding workflows of 4K and 8K content in its press materials.
External storage solutions like this are a must-have for Mac users working on large video projects shot in 4K and higher resolutions. For instance, file sizes can be downright astronomical for RAW footage.
The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. now in 16TB ($1,799.95), 24TB ($2,299.95), 32TB ($2,799.95) and 48TB ($3,799.95) varieties. Western Digital has also produced a G-Speed Shutter with ev Series Bay Adapters. While slower in transfer rates, with a maximum of 24TB, this solution affords cross-functionality with all ev Series drives and readers.