G-Drive Mobile USB 500GB External Hard Drive
White MacBooks are great computers for low cost. They have almost everything their silver Pro siblings have, with the major exception of a FireWire port. All external devices must use USB with a white MacBook or MacBook Air.
USB external hard drives do not have the speed to match the rapid data transfer and copy rates of FireWire 800. G-Technology’s G-Drive Mobile USB, with its attractive all-white case and cable combination, was designed and created to optimize performance with MacBooks. (Reminder: this drive works perfectly well with every Mac!)
The first item on the external drive menu for all Macintosh owners is creating a Time Machine backup. Most people set it and forget it, which is fine. After you eject the USB bus-powered G-Drive Mobile from a Mac, you can tuck it and its cable into your gadget bag, pack, or purse, and reconnect it later at the same location or different destination. No AC electric connection is required.
Time Machine allows you to archive other files and folders on an external drive, that are unrelated to the automatic backup content. Most people use a USB flash drive for this purpose, but be aware the former is possible.
In a series of comparative speed tests, the 5400RPM G-Drive Mobile USB with its 8MB cache was the fastest external USB drive. If you are accustomed to moving large quantities of data via FireWire, you can expect roughly a 25 percent longer duration with this USB unit.
Other companies sell bus-powered USB external drives for lower prices than this product. You get what you pay for. G-Technology is a top-tier professional external drive manufacturer. Its FireWire, SATA, and RAID drives are standard equipment in the audio and film industries, and at Apple retail stores. Spend a little more and get a better disk, with a 3-year factory warranty.
No case is provided for mobility protection. That is our only criticism. MyMac awards G-Drive Mobile USB a MyMac Review Rating recommendation of 9 out of 10.