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

Nancy J. Delong



I just found out a minor bit of insider baseball knowledge about the storage industry. SanDisk, which was started way back again in 1988, is now owned by Western Electronic. SanDisk is mainly a sound-state storage seller. WD is well known as a challenging drive seller. In 2016, the challenging drive seller purchased the sound-state storage seller, and now SanDisk is a brand name of Western Electronic.

I’ve appeared at other WD items in the earlier, and this time, the SanDisk group questioned me to get a glimpse at some of their qualified-grade storage items. They sent me two of their SanDisk Skilled G-Travel items. Now, just before we go into any specifics, check this detail out on the proper.

Seem at that. How much much more ideal could a storage product be for a man named Gewirtz? It is really like it was crafted just for me — much gruntle.

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Before we dive in on pace checks, let us converse about robustness. The organization reports that the
G-Travel SSD

 is engineered with IP67 water and dust resistance (i.e. immersion in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes), up to three-meter fall protection (onto carpeted concrete) and two,000lbs crush resistance (but you’d be intelligent not to drive more than it if you can at all assist it).


Talking of robustness, WD also sent me the
G-Travel ArmorATD

. It also has that fantastic “G” on the facet. A lot more to the point, this is a ruggedized drive. 

The cable port caught my awareness, which is incredibly well sealed powering a rubberized gasket. So if you are traveling and happen to fall it into a puddle, no water really should get in as a result of that seal.

Pace checks

Now, let us run as a result of some pace checks. I analyzed these using a factory clean M1 Mac mini using Mac OS Prolonged (Journaled) as the file program. I do most of my overall performance and movie get the job done using Macs, so I required to see how these would hold up.

Let us get the painfully apparent out of the way initially. No exterior drive, even using a USB C interface, is heading to come everywhere close to inner storage pace. Seem at the crazy overall performance of the
Mac mini

 clocks using just its individual inner bits. Wow.


Now, let us glimpse at the
G-Travel SSD

. Admittedly, it reads and writes in the 700s, and that’s much reduce than the native overall performance, but as I’ll display you in a minute, it can be nonetheless very great.


That’s because I compared it to my former favored USB C SSD, the
Samsung T5

. I use the T5 to capture 6K movie from my
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

 and it retains up. But get a glimpse at the overall performance checks. The T5 clocks in at around 50 % of the SanDisk G-Travel (and does not have that “makes David so content” G logo on it).


Finally, we will get a glimpse at the challenging drive. I did not have large-pace anticipations for the
G-Travel ArmorATD

 and I wasn’t completely wrong. It is really a challenging drive and spinning platters are normally a Large amount slower than sound state storage. Even so, it can be an reasonably priced and robust exterior drive that’s ideal for backups and carrying concerning destinations.


So there you go. The G-Travel SSD is absolutely more rapidly than my former favored exterior SSD but would not come close to the M1’s native inner storage. Not a shock. Total, the robustness and good quality of the SanDisk offerings make them great purchases if they meet up with your desires.

What are you rocking for exterior storage? Do you backup to a local challenging drive or to the cloud? Do you use a tiny exterior drive to go concerning equipment? Enable us know in the opinions down below.

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