The G-SPEED Shuttle: Portable & Powerful 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 RAID Storage

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Thunderbolt™ 2 may not be the new kid on the block, but it certainly isn’t going anywhere, as it provides bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 20 Gb/s, which is more than enough bandwidth to handle 4K and 6K workflows. In creating their G-SPEED Shuttle XL Thunderbolt™ 2 RAID Array, which is available in configurations of 48TB (8 x 6TB), 80TB (8 x 10TB), and 112TB (8 x 14TB), G-Technology harnessed the power of Thunderbolt™ 2 and created an array with a transportable design that helps make it suitable for use in the field, whether on-location or on-set, thanks to its removable door and top-mounted handle. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, The G-SPEED Shuttle XL is equipped with 3.5" 7200 rpm Enterprise-class SATA hard drives and data transfer speeds of up to 1350 MB/s. It comes pre-configured in hardware-controlled RAID 5, which provides a good balance of performance and data redundancy by reserving one drive for parity in the event of a single disk failure. It may also be configured as RAID 0, 1, 6, and 10, depending on whether your needs include performance, data redundancy, or a combination of both. Host connectivity is achieved using one Thunderbolt™ 2 port, while a second Thunderbolt™ 2 port may be used to daisy-chain additional compatible devices such as storage, displays, and docks.

Do you already use G-Technology’s G-SPEED Shuttle XL in the field or at home? Do you have a preferred Thunderbolt™ 2 RAID solution? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.

G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle XL 48TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 RAID Array

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I am looking at the 48TB option.  My question is when this is formatted in RAID5 is it still 48TB total space for storage?

You should get about 42TB of storage space.

I'm a little confused. Can you explain how this can transfer files at 1000 MB/s? I thought spinning 7200rpm hard drives aren't capable of that speed. Is this speed only possible with SSD used with this RAID device?

Ryan S. wrote:

I'm a little confused. Can you explain how this can transfer files at 1000 MB/s? I thought spinning 7200rpm hard drives aren't capable of that speed. Is this speed only possible with SSD used with this RAID device?

Hi Ryan,

When you RAID enterprise grade HDD's, their performance is additive. Each HDD is up to 250 MB/s. So in RAID 0, that's 1000MB/s. In RAID 5 that steps down to about 750 MB/s as one drive is used for parity.

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