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Buffalo intros fast USB 3.0 external hard drive

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Wed October 7, 2009

Buffalo intro USB 3.0, 125MBps external drive

Buffalo hhas launched its first USB 3.0 hard drive in the DriveStation HD-HXU3. The 3.5-inch external disk uses the much larger bandwidth to attain transfer speeds of up to 125MBps, or between 3 and 4 times faster than the company's currently available USB 2.0 drive. In order to take advantage of the new standard's speeds, a card will be sold alongside the drive to install into host computers.

A custom USB 3.0 to SATA bridge will power the new Buffalo DriveStation drive. Fujitsu IC's AES full-disk encryption is also likely to be used, while a full version of Memeo AutoSync backup software is also expected. The Buffalo drive will initially be offered in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, though no pricing information has been released.

Earlier in the week, Freecom unveiled its own USB 3.0 external drive, albeit a rugged design. [via EverythingUSB]






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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -3

    Well

    Don't worry about it for the Mac. Apple won't be including USB 3.0 anytime soon. And even if you got it with the included card, it's probably a standard PCI card, and we know Apple decided several years ago that PCI was dead and no longer needed for Mac Pros. And even if it did fit in your Mac, there's probably no Mac drivers.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +4

    plastic case = junk

    Stay away from plastic-cased drives.

    1. heat dissipation is generally a problem.
    2. often difficult to open; who wants to send a drive out for 'repair' only to get back a brick in exchange (and on top of that, lose all the data just because a controller board is dead).

  1. macemoneta

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    Joined: Jun 2009

    +5

    I don't think so

    They put a 15K rpm drive in an external case? If not, there's no way they are going to sustain 125MB/s. If they did, as @Paul Huang said, this will be a heat problem.

    Either way, something is wrong with the description of this product. Maybe when they say 'attain' they mean peak? If so, there's nothing special, as that's only xfer to/from cache - as on any drive - and doesn't need or take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds.


  1. JuanGuapo

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +4

    Peak?

    Cache peak maybe, but not drive peak.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    Hey, my speedometer says 185MPH

    Just because my Yugo says 185MPH on the speedometer, it doesn't mean it can approach even 90MPH.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +3

    Toasty Data!

    So, is USB3 going to be as inefficient and CPU hogging as USB2 for data transfers? And slow down to USB1.1 speeds when you plug a mouse or keyboard into the same bus? I bet.

    What's up with FireWire 3200? The spec has been complete for some time now.

    I'd like to see some head-to-head comparisons: FireWire vs. USB3.

  1. Arty50

    Mac Elite

    Joined: May 2000

    +1

    USB support on Macs

    Since Apple uses Intel chipsets, USB 3 support will come as soon as Intel implements it and these chipsets end up in Macs. I'm just happy I have a MacPro so I can simply get a PCI Express card to implement it down the road if I deem it necessary.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Re: USB Support

    Apple uses Intel chipsets, but they're designed for Apple, so what goes on there is what Apple wants on there.

    And just because the chips are there doesn't mean the support will be there. They still have to get the drivers written for them to work. h***, I've got USB 2.0 on my PowerMac, but the actual throughput sucks on those machines, compared to, say, my MBP.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: plastic case = junk

    Stay away from plastic-cased drives.

    So I guess everyone should stay away from Apple's Time Capsule too, right?

  1. vasefox

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    Joined: Oct 2009

    -3

    external hard drives

    I think Buffalotech external hard drives are of high quality. They provide an easy way to create a backup of your data or expand the capacity of your PC’s internal HDD. I like them!

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