PROS / Rugged in design, it can withstand a drop onto carpeted concrete from 3.2 feet.
CONS / It has no automated backup software, password protection or hardware-based encryption to keep your data secure.
VERDICT / This is a durable external hard drive that can take a fair amount of jostling, but its lack of backup software and encryption make it less secure than the best hard drives.
The G-Drive EV is a rugged external hard drive encased in aluminum that can take a fair amount of abuse. However, it offers little in the way of security, lacking password protection and hardware-based encryption.
According to the manufacturer, this portable hard drive can be dropped from a height of 3.2 feet onto carpeted concrete without suffering damage. This is especially useful if you plan on taking advantage of the G-Drive EV's portability, which its slim form factor and lightweight design add to. Although it is equipped with drop protection, it does not have dust- or water-resistant ports and therefore should only be used indoors.
The G-Drive EV connects to your computer with a standard USB 3.0 micro-B port. A USB 3.0 cable comes with the hard drive. The recognition time, which is how long the external hard drive takes to be recognized by your computer, is one of the shortest we saw. When you plug in the drive, it is ready to be used within five seconds. The USB 3.0 cable is reverse-compatible with USB 2.0, which means the hard drive works with older computers that don't have USB 3.0 ports.
This portable external hard drive doesn't come with software to enable automatic scheduled backups, which means you must perform all backups manually unless you install third-party data backup software. It offers no hardware-based encryption either, which means you do not have the ability to set password protection for your data. Anyone who accesses the hard drive can also access your data.
The external hard drive for PC comes with a three-year limited warranty that protects you against defects in design and equipment failure. The customer support is robust; the manufacturer's website offers both email and phone contact for troubleshooting issues. The website also offers an extensive knowledgebase and FAQs page to ensure you can research any issues yourself if you can't get hold of customer support.
The G-Drive EV is a good external hard drive for temporary file storage, but its lack of backup software, password security and encryption makes it less convenient as a long-term storage device. Its rugged design makes it nicely portable, although the design doesn't offer protection against water or dust.