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Buffalo Upgrades DriveStations to USB 3.0

Posted by Andrew at 3:39 PM on February 22, 2011

Buffalo Technology have upgraded their DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad external hard drives to USB 3.0 while bumping their capacities at the same time. This makes some serious storage available at high data transfer rates.

The DriveStation Duo holds two drives that can be configured as a RAID 0, 1 or as a standard external drive. It’s available in 2 TB, 4 TB and 6 TB versions. Available now for RRPs of 2TB – £180, 4 TB – £310.

The Quad comes with four drives in standard and RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 configurations. It’s available from March in 4 TB and 8 TB versions, and a whopping 12 TB variant later in the year.  That’s a serious amount of disk space. I’ve just had a rough tot up and I think I could fit every single piece of digital information I have into that 12 TB unit – that’s every single CD, DVD and hard disk in my house.  And I have a lot of CDs and DVDs.

As per USB 3.0, data transfer is rated at 5 Gb/s, falling back to 480 Mb/s on USB 2.0. SecureLockMobile is included as standard – this encrypts the data to prevent nefarious individuals gaining access to private information.

Regular readers will recall that I reviewed the previous version of the DriveStation Quad previously. It was stonkingly quick under eSATA so I would expect that the USB 3 version will be pretty nippy as well. It’s not clear from the current spec whether the Quad will be USB 3 and eSATA or just USB 3. I also hope to be able to review the DriveStation Duo in the not-too-distant future.

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