Western Digital announced It expands the industry’s highest capacity Ultrastar HDDs to a selection of its G-Technology products, providing professionals with powerful, highly reliable solutions to manage massive amounts of content for optimized creative workflows.
Western Digital Ultrastar ‘G-Technology’ HDDs have a capacity of up to 18 TB
A first for the consumer and professional market, the enterprise-class 18TB Ultrastar drives are available in three G-Technology brand product families, including G-DRIVE, G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3, G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 and G -SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3.
Commercial grade 18TB Ultrastar HDDs offer the industry’s highest surface density by utilizing innovative new technologies, including Energy-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology, the industry’s first Triple Stage Actuator and a 9-disk HelioSeal platform. The powerful 7,200 RPM discs come with an MTBF rating of 2.5 million hours and a 5-year limited warranty.
The G-SPEED Shuttle range of studio-ready storage solutions is designed with one goal in mind: to meet the workflow needs of today’s industry demands and the demands of the media production creatives. Available in 4-bay and 8-bay form factors, the G-SPEED Shuttle and G-SPEED Shuttle XL are configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD and 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, JBOD, respectively.
The products are designed to work quickly and around the clock, making them perfect for super-fast transfers, consolidated master backups and scalable workflows. The range is built sturdy and transportable with an available Pelican case. These high-throughput solutions utilize high-performance, high-performance enterprise-class hard drives that can be configured by the user in a wide variety of RAID options for speed or additional data protection and are now available in massive capacities up to 144 TB in one system.
Western Digital’s G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 is a desktop solution designed for rigorous applications and multi-stream HD, 2K, 4K and HDR workflows. The G-RAID device’s dual drive bays support hardware-driven RAID 0 and RAID 1.
The standard RAID 0 brings the two drives together, providing improved read and write speeds, but no data redundancy, while RAID 1 reflects the contents of one drive on another, providing 1: 1 data redundancy at the expense of performance. In addition, Western Digital’s G-RAID provides the ability to daisy chain up to five additional devices using the Thunderbolt 3 interface. For those who don’t need the benefits of a RAID, JBOD is also supported. With the inclusion of the 18TB drive, G-RAID now offers up to 36TB of data storage.
Western Digital’s G-Technology’s G-DRIVE solution is available with USB 3.0, USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. This external HDD offering is built for storage-intensive applications such as audio / video editing and digital photography. The G-DRIVE external drive products offer up to 18TB of enterprise-level storage, 7200rpm rotation speed and an interface that meets the standards of the creative enthusiast or professional.
The drives are packaged in an attractive all-aluminum enclosure that is macOS compatible and Time Machine ready. The Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C external drive supports up to 45 watts of USB power through the USB-C port, this drive can charge your compatible MacBook or MacBook Pro without removing a separate MacBook charger from your bag get it.