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SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

The SanDisk G-Drive Pro is an ultra-rugged & portable NVMe SSD that uses a single Thunderbolt 3 port (40Gbps) to deliver high performance in a compact size. A perfect companion for creative professionals.

The SanDisk G-Drive Pro is an ultra-rugged, professional grade portable NVMe SSD built for transferring large files and is aimed at video editors, photographers and creative professionals. It uses a single Thunderbolt 3 port (40Gbps) to deliver high performance in a compact size.

The SanDisk G-Drive Pro is future-proofed to keep up with storage demands. It offers high-speed storage options of up to 4TB for offloading and editing high-res images, 8K videos and large documents.

SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review
SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

The high-speed transfer rates of up to 2800MB/s read and 2400MB/s write speeds and Thunderbolt 3 interface enables you to edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render VR projects and experience them at full resolution, and makes your workstation mobile.

There are three different versions available in different storage capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB. The SSD is rated for temperatures between 0 to 35 degrees Celsius and is backed by a 5-year warranty. A big thank you to WD for sending us this review unit.

Highlights

  • Speeds up to 2800MB/s read and 2400MB/s write
  • Capacities up to 2TB
  • Compact form factor
  • Ultra-rugged design with up to 3M drop protection and 1000lb crush resistance

Specifications

Capacity500GB, 1TB, 2TBs
Form FactorExternal SSD
Operating Temperature5°C~35°C
InterfaceThunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Port
Sequential read/write2,800MB/s read 2,400MB/s write
EnduranceUltra-rugged design with up to 3M drop protection and 1000lb crush resistance Aluminum core to help maintain high-speed performance
Weight0.20kg
Dimensions112 x 80 x 17 mm
Warranty5 years

Unboxing

The G-Drive Pro comes in a white, SanDisk-branded, cardboard packaging. The SSD is protected inside in a plastic container to keep the drive safe during shipping.

SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review
SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

The packaging includes:

  • G-DRIVE PRO SSD
  • 1 x .5m Thunderbolt 3 Cable (40Gbps)
  • Quick Start Guide

The SanDisk G-Drive features an industrial design. Its main body is made of a rubberized material while the ends are made of metal to ensure durability and shock-resistance. SanDisk says they have designed this SSD casing using hand-picked components for endurance, while a cool aluminum core helps prevent overheating to maintain a consistent high level of performance.

SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

The SanDisk G-Drive measures 112 x 80 x 17 mm in size, weighs about 200 grams. It is quite portable and compact considering the ruggedness. The back side of the drive has the Thunderbolt port and a activity indicator light can be found at the front.

SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

Performance

Our review unit is the 2TB version. On paper, performance should be 2,800MB/s in sequential reading and 2,400MB MB/s in writing when connected via Thunderbolt 3 interface.

During tests, the SanDisk G-Drive performed very well and consistent. Transferring files, videos and large documents is quick with this portable SSD. During everyday use, the speeds are in the range of 500-900 MB/s, depending on the size of files. We moved a large 30GB video file from the local drive to the G-Drive Pro in just under a minute.

In CrystalDiskMark, the SanDisk G-Drive comes out with 2,717 MB/s and 2,364 MB/s in sequential reading and writing respectively which is nearly the same as advertised.

Conclusion

The SanDisk G-Drive works great as a rugged, portable storage solution for power users and creative professionals to quickly transfer and store large files, photos, videos and documents consistently via the Thunderbolt 3 interface.  

SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review
SanDisk G-Drive Pro 2TB SSD Review

The downside is that most older laptops, PCs, mobile devices such as phones and tablets can’t provide enough power to the drive for it to work. The SanDisk G-Drive is currently available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities and is backed by a limited five-year warranty

8.5

SanDisk G-Drive Pro

The SanDisk G-Drive works great as a rugged, portable storage solution for power users and creative professionals to quickly transfer and store large files, photos, videos and documents consistently via the Thunderbolt 3 interface. The downside is that most older laptops, PCs, mobile devices such as phones and tablets can’t provide enough power to the drive for it to work.

THE GOOD
  • Extremely fast
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Rugged and compact
THE BAD
  • Works with only Thunderbolt 3 native devices
  • No encryption
  • Expensive
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