Buffalo Launches SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hard Drives

February 22, 2011 // 11:48 a.m.

London UK, 22 February 2011 - Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of storage and wireless networking solutions, is today announcing the launch of two multi-drives to add to its USB 3.0 family.



The USB 3.0 DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad are high performance, multimedia external hard drives designed for demanding users who want to achieve faster transfer speeds and require greater capacity. Intended for the home or small office, the new DriveStation range boasts 10 times faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0, accelerating the time it takes users to back up large servers or multimedia files.



The plug-and-play devices are pre-formatted for immediate use. The removable front panel ensures users can quickly and easily replace drives when required. Furthermore the ‘AutoPower’ function means the drives turn on and off with your PC, reducing power consumption.



The DriveStation Duo is available in 2TB, 4TB and 6TB capacities. It is a two-drive, two-bay RAID enabled drive with RAID 0 for performance and RAID 1 for redundant storage. The DriveStation Quad is a four-drive, four-bay RAID enabled drive with RAID 0 for performance and RAID 5 or 10 for redundant storage. Currently offered in 4TB and 8TB, the DriveStation Quad will also be available in 12TB later this year.



Paul Hudson, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology comments: “As the first manufacturer to ship USB 3.0 in the UK, we are delighted to be able to offer multi-drive USB 3.0 products for the more demanding user. The new DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad are an extension of our USB 3.0 family and as the industry moves further towards USB 3.0, users can absolutely expect to see more products like this from Buffalo Technology.”



The DriveStation Duo is available for purchase immediately and the DriveStation Quad will be available for purchase from March onwards.



Buffalo products can be found at leading outlets such as Amazon.co.uk, Misco.co.uk, and dabs.com



-ENDS-



Notes to Editor:



The new USB 3.0 products are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 meaning they are not only available for USB 3.0 users. Any consumers requiring the benefits of USB 3.0 can purchase a Buffalo USB 3.0 adapter card which transforms your computer to USB 3.0.



Key features:



* DriveStation™ Duo - Quick swap – 2 drive, 2 bay Direct Attached Storage
* DriveStation™ Quad - Quick swap – 4 drive, 4 bay Direct Attached Storage
* 10x Faster than USB 2.0 – perfect for backing up large servers or multimedia files
* Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
* DriveStation™ Duo supports RAID 0, 1 and standard.
* DriveStation™ Quad supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and standard.
* Removable front panel – to quickly and easily replace faulty drives
* Multiple connectivity with 5Gbps USB 3.0 and 480MBps USB 2.0 connections
* Easy to use – simply plug and play – no drivers required
* Drive pre-formatted for immediate use
* Eco-friendly – AutoPower feature turns the drive on and off with your PC
* Server & PC Backup – Compatible with Windows Storage Server 2003/2008
* A total backup solution – complete with NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials
* SecureLockMobile™ encrypts your important personal data, preventing unauthorized access
* DriveStation™ Duo - available with 2TB, 4TB and 6TB capacities
* DriveStation™ Quad - available with 4TB, 8TB and 12TB capacities
* With 2 year warranty as standard



Technical Specifications:



DriveStation Duo USB 3.0



Internal HDD







HDD Interface


SATA II


Capacities


2TB, 4TB and 6TB


Number of Drives


2


USB Interface







Connector Type


USB 3.0


Number of Ports


1


Data Transfer Rate


5Gbps


Other





RAID


0,1, Standard




Setup Utility OS Support


Windows® 7(32/64bit), Vista(32/64bit), XP, Windows Server® 2008 R2(64bit), 2008(32/64bit), 2003 R2(32bit), 2003(32bit), Mac OS® 10.4 or higher




Dimensions (W x H x D)


86 x 127 x 204mm

Weight


2.0Kg


Operating environment


5 ~ 35oC, 20 ~ 80% Humidity


Power consumption


2.5W


Power supply


AC 100-240V 50/60Hz





DriveStation Quad USB 3.0



Internal HDD







HDD Interface


SATA II


Capacities


4TB, 8TB, 12TB


Number of Drives


4


USB Interface







Connector Type


USB 3.0


Number of Ports


1


Data Transfer Rate


5Gbps


Other





RAID


0, 1, 5, 10 and Standard




Setup Utility OS Support


Windows® 7(32/64bit), Vista(32/64bit), XP, Windows Server® 2008 R2(64bit), 2008(32/64bit), 2003 R2(32bit), 2003(32bit), Mac OS® 10.4 or higher




Dimensions (W x H x D)


149 X 154 X 233 mm

Weight


5.5Kg


Operating environment


5 ~ 35oC, 20 ~ 80% Humidity


Power consumption


36W


Power supply


AC 100-240V 50/60Hz







About Buffalo Technology



Buffalo is a global manufacturer of innovative storage, multimedia, and wireless networking products for the home and small business. The company is recognised as the Number 1 total PC peripheral manufacturer in Japan, and was the worldwide consumer NAS market leader in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (In-Stat).



The company’s storage products are addressing the needs of the individual and the business, providing cost-effective network attached storage (NAS), portable and desktop hard drives, multimedia players, and Wireless LAN routers, which together offer a complete and integrated solution for the small office and digital home environment.



Buffalo’s product portfolio includes its TeraStation™ NAS devices which are specifically designed to bring Enterprise Storage to the SMB. The LinkStation™ range of NAS products, takes multimedia NAS to the home, and enables you to create a central location to share information, store files, photos and music, and save all your digital content, simply and easily. The AirStation™ range of easy-to-use, high performance wireless networking products for the SMB/SoHo and home user, with industry-leading AOSS™ (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) technology, allows users to build and manage secure wireless networks at home or in the office at the push of a button.



Buffalo’s strong international industry alliances with companies such as Intel, Broadcom™, Nintendo and Microsoft have allowed it to lead the industry in the development of the latest technologies into practical tools for the business and the home.



Headquartered in Japan, Buffalo Technology has offices in the UK, France, The Netherlands, USA and Taiwan. For more information please visit www.buffalo-technology.com.
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