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Buffalo 3TB DriveStation

The Buffalo DriveStation DDR looks very much like any USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive.Editors' note: After final testing, I decided to give the Editors' Choice Award to the Buffalo DriveStation DDR for its outstanding performance and affordable pricing. Still, note that this is a single-volume device and as such is not suitable for storing the only copy of your important data.

Once in a while, there's a revolutionary product that changes the conventional expectations for the entire class of devices, and among all USB 3.0-based external hard drives, the Buffalo DriveStation DDR is that product.

Housing a standard 3.5-inch hard drive on the inside, the new external storage device is the first that incorporates 1GB of DDR3 memory as cache to boost the data speeds. In my testing, the DriveStation DDR's USB 3.0 real-world speeds trumped even those of the most advanced Thunderbolt storage systems. It's just ridiculously fast.

If you're looking to get an external hard drive for a desktop that supports USB 3.0, the Buffalo DriveStation DDR is definitely an excellent buy. Maybe you should even get two for backup purposes since the drive is slated to cost just 0 and 0 for 2TB and 3TB, respectively.

The Buffalo DriveStation DDR comes with a few utilities that enhance the user experience.The Buffalo DriveStation DDR looks very much like any USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive. Dong Ngo/CNET

Design
The Buffalo DriveStation DDR is a relatively compact box that houses a single 3.5-inch standard hard drive on the inside. Its internal hard drive is not user-replaceable, which is quite normal for this type of storage device. It requires a separate power adapter to work.

The Buffalo DriveStation DDR comes with a few utilities that enhance the user experience. Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

On the back, it has a standard Micro-USB 3.0 port, the power connector, and a small opening that looks like that of ventilation a fan, but there's no actual fan. On the front, there are two small indicator lights for the power status and data activities.

The DriveStation must be plugged into both power and a host computer via a USB cable (included) to work.

BUFFALO BUFFALO DriveStation 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (HD-LC2.0U3)
Personal Computer (BUFFALO)
  • Plug-and-play connectivity provides easy setup and use
  • Use with your PC or Mac computer for file storage and backup
  • Stand upright or lay flat for easy placement and efficient use of space
  • Back up your files on your Windows PC with Buffalo Backup Utility
  • Eco-friendly operation shuts the hard drive down when the connected computer is turned off
  • Boost PC performance and enhance your digital life with Buffalo Tools
  • USB 3.0 support with USB 2.0 backward compatibility
  • Unique design reduces noise for quiet operation
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