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- Buffalo Drivestation 1TB -
- Introduction -
A recent software replacement job just came up which requires me to backup hundreds of old PCs and format them, I currently have a couple of external drives but not really big enough for this particular job.
As I didn't want to spend too much on my investment I browsed the net and came the Drivestation from Amazon! .. Setting me back just short of £85 I am so far quite happy with my purchase.
- Design -
The design is simple, a small plastic cased unit which isn't too bulky however is quite weighty!!
The unit can be easily fitted in to a laptop bag for easy transportation, the buffalo logo is found on the side of the case, the usb and power ports located on the rear and a small green data indicator light on the front.
- Speed & Performance -
Data transfer speeds have been okay so far but could be better, average speeds are between 4 and 8 megabits per second on a standard USB port, hopefully better results will be seen on a 2.0 port.
The unit operates in silence when no data is been transferred and is also very quiet when transferring constant data, it also goes it to standby mode when the usb cable is removed!
The unit is sold as a 1TB device however due to the way its formatted the actual available space is just over 931 GB, quite a shocking amount of lost space!!
- Summary -
In terms of what you are actually looking for in a hard disc drive will determine whether this drive is right for you..
As a backup drive to simply make another copy of your files or store your music, videos, photos etc then this would be the perfect investment for you!
Small files under 100MB can be transferred almost instantly and even larger files can be left to transfer over a period. On the other hand if you are the type of person who will be transferring large files on a day to day basis then you may consider getting a USB 3.0 compatible device which will dramatically improve the overall transfer speeds and save those frustrating moments of watching the "number of minutes remaining.."
And I think many would agree that the pricing is also a big factor in today's economy and getting a terabyte external device for under £100 is definitely what one could call value for money!
Hope this can be of some use to someone. Thanks for reading!
This device came black in colour as displayed in the picture. I do not feel it looked too appealing to the eye nor did it look very cool or sophisticated, however I wouldn't be too concerned because what this product lacks in looks makes up in just about everything aspect. I found it to be very robust and sturdy in design. I have accidentally dropped it a few times over the 2 years since I've had it and I have not experienced any problems with it so I would say it is fairly well built. The installation process was straight forward and what I found rather strange was the fact that you do not even receive a CD. It took me a while to realise that the whole process of installing the software was actually carried out on the actual hard drive so it was a disk less installation and I must add very clever indeed. I plugged it into my laptop via the USB and it took a matter of just minutes for it all to be completed and the computer to recognise the device. It was all very simple and I would recommend it to anybody who is not fairly confident in using computers because it is very self explanatory and the whole process is carried out by it almost automatically. All that is required is two cables, the power lead to be connected and the USB, once they are both done allow literally minutes and the task is complete and you even get a green tick on screen to indicate to you that it has completed successfully. All that is needed is a restart of the PC and it will fully recognise it and you can begin to transfer your files to it. I began to do this and copied all my files that needed transferred I was very impressed at how fast it actually was it only took less than half an hour to transfer 62GB of data accross, which I found extemely adequate. Do not expect this to be completely quiet when in use because it will make a noise similar to that made by a typical computer, especially when transferring data, however I did not feel this was an issue nor did it bother me. This may be a problem for somebody who is looking for a completely discreet device that will just work in the background and not make any noise whatsoever if this is the case then this may not be the option for you. I feel the price £69.99 fairly compensates for this and if you did go for a slightly higher quality, more expensive hard drive then you probably will get one closer to silent than this particular one. I felt the 1TB of space was more than necessary and it was much larger than what I anticipated. Please be aware that the actual space given is slightly less around 5-10% it is not usable due to the software that comes pre-installed etc. This is not unusual all electronic devices that contain storage media will have this same requirement it is something to make note of, especially if you are wanting to transfer exactly 1TB of data across then you may need to possibly purchase an upgraded one and go for the next model up in terms of storage space (1.5TB). This did come with some additional software that had the ability to cut down large files, however I had no intention of using it so I cannot comment on how useful it actually is. I like to stick with the basics as long as I can transfer files in an efficient time and manor then this is the item to pick. It is cost effective and a steal for the price paid £69.99. I would definitely recommend this to anybody on a budget because the only downfall is the slight noise made when transferring files and the fact that wire could be longer because it does not allow me to be able to place this where I originally intended. These two minor flaws should not discourage you to purchase this device. It is exceptional quality and definitely worth the money paid.
I've had this product for a month now, and it's my first external hard drive. I decided to purchase a 1tb instead of a 500gb or lower because I was looking to future proof my purchase. For anyone who doesn't know, 1tb is 1000gb, for most users this is more than enough.
The product is supplied with a power adapter (two pin and three pin) and a high speed USB cable. The unit contains the supplied software and once connected to your computer for the first time it will automatically start up the installation software. You have the option to install all the software provided, or you can choose what you want to install. Alternatively, you can opt to install nothing and just use the unit immediately as a hard drive.
You have the option to secure the unit with a password, but be warned - the password is not retrievable, so if you do choose you use a password make sure that you don't forget it, or keep a note of it in a safe, secure place. I decided not to password protect it because I feared forgetting the password and what good would the unit be then? I think it would have been better if Buffalo gave you the option of opening an account on their site where you could store your password for future retrieval.
When connected and set up, the unit displays 930gb available free space. This is normal, and not something to worry about. Usually 5-10% of a hard drive is not available to use.
Supplied software includes Buffalo Ramdisk, Back-up Utility, TurboPC, and TurboCopy. So far I have only found use for TurboCopy, which speeds up transfers of files on your computer. It is particularly useful when transferring to the Buffalo unit itself.
The Back-up utility is similar to Windows built in back-up utility, and unless you prefer not to use Windows own version, there really isn't any need for it, in my opinion.
I have set up Windows back-up to automatically backup my computer on a weekly basis to the Buffalo unit, and so far it's worked perfectly. When setting this feature up the computer instantly found the Buffalo unit and made it available for use in this process.
The unit is very quiet, only making a small noise when in use, but this is no louder than a regular computer hard drive whirring in the background. It is compatible with Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista , 2000, and XP.
If you are in the market for an external hard drive and backing up your files and data is important to you, then this is possibly the product for you. So far I have backed up my computer once, moved several folders and files to the Buffalo unit, and I have only used 120gb. This unit will be very useful in the future and has already allowed me to free up at least 20gb of space on my computers hard drive.
A few weeks ago I purchased the Buffalo Drivestation 1TB External Harddrive as I was running out of space on my other drives, and when I say running out, I mean they were completely stuffed with my undeletable content. I'm one of those people who will never throw things out, nor will I delete things from my PC. This hard drive is designed for people like that.
The hard drive is in a solid black plastic case and it looks pretty good and is definatly very sturdy. In fact much much more sturdy than an iomega drive I once had made of metal. It has a nice design and looks good enough to earn a place on the desk, and it might be an idea to keep it away from a flamable surface as it does get very very hot if left on. The fan is also quite loud when in a quiet room but nothing too extreme.
Speed wise it's as fast as you'd expect and it shouldnt take very long to transfer you files or to backup from a smaller harddrive. I think it took around 40 minutes to transfer a few hundred gigbytes which is good performance. It's also large enough to hold everything you would want it too atleast for a few months anyway and like I said earlier it is perfect for those who don't want to delete anything off there computers.
I got it for around £80 in argos and it came with a free 2GB USB drive which is very useful. I do highly reccomend it for anyone requiring that much space.
Hi today I will be writing a review on a Buffalo Drivestation 1Terabyte external USB2.0 Hard Disk Drive.
I purchased this from Amazon.co.uk for £69.98 I believe they are now £79.98 as Amazon are out of stock.
This is a 1TB hard drive which is 1024GB. The actual size is around 931GB due to software and because you always lose some space for windows stuff.
This hard drive is quite small at 25 x 23 x 9 cm and is quite light although while in use shouldn't be moved around.
It looks really nice with curved edges and stands quite well with the rubber feet. There is a green light on the top which flashes when being used.
The main reason I purchased this hard drive was because it was the cheapest I could see on Amazon. It also had mainly positive reviews with only a few saying it didn't work on MAC computers. I have personally had no problems with this hard drive except when I installed Nero 8 onto it as I unplugged the hard drive to move my laptop and because Nero runs in the background it corrupted Nero and had to be reinstalled. This was my fault and not the hard drives as you shouldn't install any programmes that run in the background onto an external hard drive.
I have installed a lot of games onto the hard drive and I found it to be just as fast if not quicker installing them to this rather than the internal hard drive on my laptop. Even though this is USB and not Sata, Firewire ETC. It still runs extremely fast.
The hard drive comes with an application called Turbo USB which splits a file into smaller parts and transfers them at the same time (or something like that) this increases the transfer speed dramatically.
Also included on the hard drive is another application which is ECO setting in other words this will turn the hard drive off after 10 minutes of not being used and also turns it back on when files RE accessed. I do not use this feature as it caused some problems when running games which are not constantly accessing the hard drive.
For the price of this hard drive it is extremely useful as for a good 1TB hard drive it costs around £100 whereas this £70 does the job just as well if not better.
I would recommend this hard drive to anyone wanting to extend space on there computer/laptop or is looking to back up important files cheaply.