The Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs are great computers. Whether you need ultra-high resolution or ultra-portability, those machines are stunning workhorses. But there's a tradeoff: Both models come with fixed flash storage. Many MacBook users need to pack along an external drive in order to house all their data. Recent offerings from Western Digital and G-Technology bring signature Mac style to svelte little external drives that are at home on your desk or in your pocket.
For those of us who can’t afford pricey solid-state drives, but still need a speedy solution for storing data and transferring large files, RAIDs can fill the void--and provide much more storage capacity, dollar for dollar. When configured as a RAID 0, two drives working as one can offer impeccable performance for media, while a RAID 1 can offer a reliable backup solution as one hard drive mirrors the other. Now, hard drive manufacturers are offering Thunderbolt-compatible RAIDs to help bridge the gap between affordable storage solutions and Apple’s new high-speed technology, and both Western Digital and G-Technology have entered the market with their own Thunderbolt RAID offerings.
Despite our constant exposure to tech gear, we’re always amazed at the
advances in storage. We still fondly remember floppy disks of the 3.5-
and 5.25-inch varieties--yes, the ones that held a single megabyte or
so at best. These days, we all expect to have hundreds of gigabytes of
storage in our machines, but that doesn’t mean external drives aren’t a
must-have. G-Technology’s G Drive brings high-speed, high-capacity
storage to your desktop, and it’s clad in a slick design that will look
right at home with the rest of your equipment.