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BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

  • Use with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer
  • USB 3.0 support with USB 2.0 backward compatibility
  • Unique design reduces noise for quiet operation
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Adam A.
  • 3/5/2015 6:28:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo complaints, Faster Than my Samsunmg D3 Station

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: The case was smaller than I expected. I recently bought a Samsung D3 Station and expected it to be about the same size, but the BUFFALO (HD-LC2.0U3) was more compact. The read/write speed was about 15% higher than my D3 Station too, but that was not a true concern, because I use them as external backups, but faster is better, right?

Cons: I didn't really have any cons with this item. It has been a couple months, with no issues, so for me, no complaints.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend it to other people. I think the price of the drive is starting to get out-dated in comparison to many other options, but I am sure the smaller form factor and higher speed attributes to the higher cost variance.

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  • Alex G.
  • 2/3/2015 1:18:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome external drive

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: The drive is very quiet barely heat up and the speed is decent for backing up my computer on 2.0 usb.

Cons: There are no cons with this drive

Other Thoughts: This drive is a brand that I don't recognize like Western Digital or Seagate but let me say I am not disappointed yet.

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  • Robert S.
  • 1/14/2015 11:52:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent gear for the price

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Compact and quiet. Okay build quality. Decent price. Does the job. Bada boop. Bada beep. Bada bip.

Cons: Can't easily open the unit. I tried, but it put up too much of a fight so I let sleeping dogs lie. One egg deduction from the Russian judge for that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2014 10:03:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuffalo Surprise

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Surprisingly fast and quiet.
Using it as a backup drive for a Win8 machine.
Hope it lasts well beyond the 1 year warranty.

Cons: None right now.

Other Thoughts: Turns on and off with the computer.

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  • Angela M.
  • 12/4/2014 6:01:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it so far

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: I got it for my xbox one because I ran out of space and it worked perfectly. My xbone recognized it and formatted it without any problems and i was able to transfer games over to free up some space on the internal hard drive. it transferred pretty quick too. much quicker than the actual installing of the game. I also like that it lays flat vs. standing upright like the WDHD's do.

Cons: none so far

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  • Michael R.
  • 7/11/2014 11:37:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat external backup drive

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Small, easy to connect, fast, USB 3.0, looks good, good price (I snagged one while it was on sale)

Cons: I wish I would have bought this last year _before_ my hard drive died. :-(

Other Thoughts: It does what it says it will, and I now have fully automatic backups of my machine. Other reviews cover lots of good details. for the price, this is a great unit.

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  • Chad J.
  • 7/7/2014 7:24:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice storage device

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Sleek Design (For an external hard drive)
Fast
Lots of storage space (2 TBs)

Cons: I can only think of one small issue. Power cord is short (For my desk area)

Other Thoughts: Bought this hard drive on sale, plus another coupon so it was another outrageous Newegg deal. I've had no problems with this machine, running video from the machine with no hiccups.

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  • Michele M.
  • 7/5/2014 5:33:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 1st External Drive!

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Quiet, Keeps cool, usb 3.0. I plugged in the power cord and connected through usb and was instantly recognized by my pc. I use this external to store my movies for xbmc and it's been perfect for me!

Cons: No cons at all. I'm extremely satisfied with this drive!

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4 out of 5 eggsNo Frills, But Attractive and Performs Well

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: USB3 (which is very, very fast). USB2 backwards compatibility. No fans and no garishly bright LED's. Attractive, minimal case design. Will only power on when the USB3 cable is connected, which is a cool power saving feature.

Cons: Minimally-ventillated plastic enclosure runs a little warm and has no standoffs to allow for stacking multiple drives. No S.M.A.R.T. status. The included documentation makes no mention of the aforementioned cool power saving feature of the drive only powering up when connected, so make sure you actually connect it before you assume your drive is DOA.

Other Thoughts: I should preface this review by saying that though I am a ravenous consumer of hard drives, this drive is actually the first USB3 drive I have owned, and the interface standard absolutely lives up to the hype. I get sustained write rates (copying file backups in the form of DMG sparse bundles) in excess of 100mb/s on my Mac Pro, substantially quicker than I ever saw with eSATA. The connector is robust and easy to deal with, also unlike eSATA. Of course, that speaks more to USB3 standard than to this drive, so to turn our attention there: overall, this seems to be a really nice consumer-grade external drive package. The drive enclosure is a very simple, glossy back plastic affair. The drive is cooled passively, meaning no fans, which is great for minimizing noise, not so great if you really hammer on the drives. I tried copying a full 2tb of data to the drive and found that it did get a little hot, but no worse than I have seen with other fanless plastic enclosures. I would definitely caution anyone about stacking these drives on top of each other or placing them vertically right against one another, however-- the only provided ventilation is on the top of the drive, and there are no standoffs to prevent you from blocking these vents entirely. The enclosure is fairly minimal and attractive, and is not garnished with any awful blaring-bright LED's. The "adaptable positioning" is a little silly of Buffalo's marking folks to boast about, but yes, you can definitely orient it two different ways without the need for a stand. Acoustic properties are excellent, the drive is very quiet in all modes of operation.

The drive arrives formatted NTFS, but does mount on a Mac right out of the box, and once reformatted works flawlessly with Mac OS (10.9.2). Curiously, the drive does not seem to support SMART-- first time I have seen that in a while, but not really a deal-breaker for an external. The included power supply is generic, and there is no indication as to who makes the drive inside the enclosure.

Overall, this drive seems to be a nice, if no-frills, choice for someone seeking a high-speed, low-cost backup solution. In comparison to other external hard drives I have used, I think the most substantial drawback here is the minimal provision for cooling. Those who envision using this drive for long-term sustained data transfer might do better to seek a drive with more robust cooling provisions, but for general storage use this offers an attractive option.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Backup drive

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3

Pros: Overall very fast drive. Performance was on the high end of what's possible in an external enclosure right now. Really impressive considering the internal drive is only 5400rpm. Buffalo's technology makes it so you get the energy savings from a slower rotation speed without having to sacrifice performance through intelligent use of the integrated cache and associated firmware adjustments.

Performance specs:
Read: Min spd: 94MB/s. Max: 193MB/s. Average: 160MB/s.
Access time of 16.8ms.
Burst rate is 216MB/s.

Subjectively I got read rates around 150MB/s. Write speeds averaged around 46MB/s. Much slower, but to be expected. Writing to a drive is always slower than reading from it.

This drive couldn't be any easier to use, it's fast and it's priced right. Solid buy!

Cons: Tried to download their software to test it, download failed with no error messages.
They should probably include their software on a CD in the package.
Warranty is only 1 year. 5 is pretty standard but 3 is the industry standard for a consumer drive. One egg taken away for the short warranty period.

Other Thoughts: Buffalo is a growing name in the consumer storage space. Their NAS (Network attached storage) offerings have been competitive for quite some time. They offer a good value of performance and price. While they leave room for improvement in customer service and support they are quickly becoming one of the major players in the consumer storage space. They need to invest more in customer support and put longer warranties on their products.

If they had a minimum warranty of 3 years on all their storage devices, NAS and local, then they'd be a real contender. Assuming, of course, that they also had to support structure to make that warranty actually useful to customers.

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