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Buffalo Drivestation Quad USB 3.0 review

Buffalo Drivestation Quad USB 3.0
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £329
inc VAT

It certainly isn’t cheap, but it's fast and offers the potential to upgrade the hard disks in the future


4TB hard disk, USB3, 154x149x233mm

When a two-bay external hard disk simply can’t provide enough storage space for your needs, the logical progression is a four-bay unit such as Buffalo’s DriveStation Quad. The huge array contains four 1TB hard disks, with the option of running them as a single huge disk or in a RAID array to protect your data.

Each 1TB hard disk spins at 7,200RPM, and the resulting quick transfer speeds should be able to take greater advantage of the faster USB3 connectivity than 5,400RPM disks. They are all easily removed through the front-facing drive bays; after detaching the front cover, each disk slides out on its own caddy. Four screws need to be removed before the disk can be swapped for another.

Buffalo Drivestation Quad USB 3.0

With support for USB3, we were expecting decent performance and weren’t disappointed. Using RAID1, large files were written at a rapid 100.3MB/s and read at an even faster 149.9MB/s. Small files were understandably slower, but 47.8MB/s write and 71.8MB/s read speeds are still very fast for an external disk.

Like other Buffalo disks, the DriveStation includes the Buffalo Tools software suite. As well as an encryption program, RAM disk and energy-saving Eco Manager, there’s also a basic backup utility. Much more useful is the full version of Novastor backup, which is far more comprehensive.

Four hard disks might seem like overkill if you only want to store a limited number of files on a separate hard disk. However, if you always find yourself running out of hard disk space, the 4TB DriveStation (plus its fast transfer speeds) makes it much more suitable than a single-bay external disk. It isn’t particularly good value per gigabyte, though.

Basic Specifications

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Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
Capacity 4TB
Formatted capacity 3.64TB
Price per gigabyte £0.08
Disk size 3.5in
Interface USB3
Power connector external
Spindle speed 7,200rpm
Cache 32MB
Seek time 8.5ms
Weight 5.5kg
Size 154x149x233mm
Power consumption idle 24W
Power consumption active 27W

Buying Information

Backup software included Novastor Backup
Price £329
Warranty two years RTB

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