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Buffalo DriveStation transfer speeds

BuffaloYou can't judge a book by its cover, which is why the unassuming black exterior of Buffalo's desktop belies the fact this is one of the fastest USB 3.0 desktop drives we've yet seen. But first, those looks: its 3.5-inch 2TB drive is hidden away inside a black rectangular case, with just one subtle – but effective – curve at the front as a nod to aesthetics.

The drive itself comes with power cable – thankfully no bricks involved – and chunky USB cable with proprietary connector you won't be hooking up to any competitor's drive on the market. The plastic case feels reasonably substantial in the hand. It can be laid on its side or stood upright, the latter enabling you to slot it into relatively small spaces.

Not a great view, but you'll not be staring at the rear

But while it's not too heavy, the DriveStation is weighty enough to make it less than ideal as a travelling companion, even though its modest footprint means you could slip it easily into a relatively small bag.

Added extras

The DriveStation comes with a number of handy tools for Windows users, and is fully compatible with Apple's Time Machine out of the box too. PC owners get a number of useful tools: an automatic backup tool, plus Secure Lock Mobile encryption software and even a RAMDISK utility.

The drive itself doesn't feel too warm, even after hours of operation. This is helped by its handy eco-saving features: it automatically powers on and off with your PC or Mac, so doesn't sit there idly wasting energy during the night hours – it's even got built-in sleep mode to save even more power.

Super-fast performance

Where the DriveStation really excels is with its performance. Judge it purely on its synthetic benchmark performance and it doesn't stand out, with peak read/write times of around 175-180MB/s that, while impressive, aren't the fastest we've seen. It's also par for the course when transferring large files, with a peak of around 75MB/s and taking 17 minutes to copy seven files totalling 54.8GB in size.

BUFFALO BUFFALO DriveStation Quad 4-Bay 12 TB (4 x 3 TB) RAID USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - HD-QL12TU3R5
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  • USB 3.0 supports backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • RAID 0,1,5 storage array using 4 hard drives
  • Includes NovaBackup Business Essentials Software
  • Backup any PC, Windows Server or SQL Datastore
  • Four easily accessible hard drives
  • Buffalo Tools included
  • Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box
  • Time Machine Compatibility

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