Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3 4TB
LAS VEGASToday at CES, Buffalo Technology announced its new USB 3.0 drives with a theoretical max throughput of up to 5Gbits per second. These new drives run the gamut from small pocket sized single mechanism drives to larger dual and quad-mechanism drives with built-in RAID and multiple interfaces. Buffalo's new set of USB 3.0 drives include the MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0, DriveStation Duo USB 3.0, and the DriveStation Quad USB 3.0. All are designed for the quick transfer and storage of huge files like videos, photos, and audio.
The DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 and DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 combine multiple SATA drives in a single chassis for RAID flexibility. The DriveStaion Duo can be configured with RAID 0 (striping for speed and maximum capacity) or RAID 1 (mirroring for data integrity). The DriveStation Quad adds RAID 5 and RAID 10 for options that combine both speed and data integrity. Both the DriveStation Duo and Quad come with NovaBackup, which can backup PCs and servers with lots of storage. Both the DriveStation Duo and Quad have user-replaceable hard drives, which can minimize down time in case of drive failure. (You don't have to send the drive out for basic servicing. The DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 is available at a 2TB ($279.99) or 4TB capacity ($459.99). The DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 has a 4TB ($629.99) or 8TB ($1, 199.99) capacity, and both DriveStation drives are available now.
The DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 is a mainstream desktop drive that can be placed horizontally or vertically. As a desktop drive, the Axis requires the use of a plug-in adapter for power. The Axis comes with Buffalo Tools software to speed up the transfer times, backup important files, and store data securely. The Axis is available immediately in a 1TB ($99.99) and 2TB ($149.99) models.
The MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0 is a compact pocket hard drive that runs off of the power from the USB connectors. The Stealth also comes with Buffalo Tools and weighs less than 6 ounces. The MiniStation is the one to get if you need to carry a TeraByte of data in your commuter bag. The MiniStation USB 3.0 comes in 500GB ($89.99) and 1TB ($129.99) capacities.