Western Digital’s new USB-C hard drive can also charge MacBooks


The G-Drive packs 45 watts of charging power.
The G-Drive packs 45 watts of charging power.
Photo: Western Digital

Owners of the new MacBook Pro with USB-C can now connect an external hard drive and get their charge on at the same time.

The folks at Western Digital introduced the new G-Drive USB-C external hard drive today, which combines up to 10TB of hard disk storage with 45 watts of charging power so MacBook owners have fewer dongles and cables to worry about.

“The G-Drive USB-C ensures pros can work seamlessly with the latest computers, and with a USB-C port and support for USB Power Delivery, it allows a user’s charging capability to be more efficient without having to worry about connecting yet another cable to their computer for charging.” said Mike Williams, WD VP of advanced technology, in a statement.”

Western Digital’s new drive packs a USB 3.1 gen 1 interface with a USB-C connector, allowing it to send power and data over the line at the same time. They’ve also thrown in a USB-C to USB-A cable incase you have a more “traditional” MacBook, but you won’t be able to use it as a charger.

Storage options come in sizes of 10TB, 8TB and 4TB capacities with prices of $449.95, $349.95, and $199.95. An exact release date wasn’t given, but the company says they will be available later this quarter.


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