by Lyle Smith

WD Announces New G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series; New SDK for G-RACK 12

Western Digital has announced the new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series, a portable SSD that uses the latest-generation USB-C connectivity to deliver reported transfer speeds up to 560MB/s, and the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) for its G-Technology 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution. 

The new R-Series SSD solution is a rugged portable device, as it has an International Protection Rating of 67 (IP67) for water and dust resistance as well as the ability to withstand up to a 3-meter drop on a carpeted concrete floor and 1000 lbs of pressure. Ranging in capacities up to 2TB, the new G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series is lightweight in design and can easily fit into a pocket.

G-DRIVE Mobile SSD R-Series Specifications

  • Interface: USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s)
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 560MB/s
  • Compatibility:
    • Mac OS 10.10+
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (via reformat)
  • Dimensions: 3.74” x 1.97” x 0.57” / 94 x 50 x 14.5mm
  • Kit Contents:
    • G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series drive
    • (1) USB-C to USB-C cable
    • (1) USB-C to USB-A cable
    • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty: Limited 5-years


The new SDK will allow G-RACK 12 third-party partners to develop customized applications for the G-NAS OS, which will be able to run natively on the system’s dual 6-core Xeon processors. Those who use the new kit will see an overall increase in performance of their G-RACK solution, as it will offload tasks from local machines and streamlining workflow.

Pricing and Availability

Backed by a 5-year warranty, the G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series will be available at select global G-technology resellers later this year this year priced at $699.95 (2TB), $379.95 (1TB), and $199.95 (500GB).

G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series product page

G-DRIVE at Amazon

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