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BUFFALO DriveStation Combo 4 1.5TB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-HS1.5TQ

  • USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1394b / eSATA 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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Designed with universal connectivity in mind, the DriveStation Combo 4 is equipped with four interfaces for speed, compatibility and convenience. USB 2.0 offers a standard connection for every computer, while FireWire 400/800 provides faster speeds, perfect for Mac users and for graphic design and photo and video editing. Also available is an eSATA connection for high-speed data transfers, making it one of the fastest and most versatile external storage solutions on the market today.

DriveStation Combo 4 is a stylish yet powerful addition to your work space or home office, designed for Mac and PC users who need a flexible connection and fast data transfer and throughput speeds. With 4 ways to connect, users can transfer and store tons of digital content at blazing speeds. The drive also features a sleek silver chassis and near silent operation, so users can stack multiple drives or position them upright to save desktop space.

DriveStation Combo 4 comes equipped with Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich suite of tools designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows PC consumers. You can boost file transfer performance using TurboPC, conserve energy and battery consumption by utilizing ECO Manager and perform PC backup with the easy to use Backup Utility.

  • newegg Versatile and Fast Equipped with USB 2.0, FireWire 400/800 and eSATA interfaces, the DriveStation Combo 4 offers compatibility, speed and convenience. It works with PC and MAC. Connect it to your computer for additional storage or backup of your music, photo, video and data files.
  • newegg Connect and Go Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box – no formatting or installation required; simply plug it in to any USB.
  • newegg SecureLockWare Technology Buffalo SecureLockWare (SecureLockMobile) is free security software which allows you to encrypt all or part of the data on a hard drive or USB memory key. Be it lost, stolen or illegally accessed data, Buffalo SLW/SLM has you covered!
  • newegg TurboPC Enhancement and TurboUSB Techonlogy Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 3X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives. TurboPC also includes TurboCopy which draws on additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially. And the exclusive TurboUSB technology significantly increases data transfer speeds by up to 37% than standard USB hard drives and enhances performance.
  • newegg Energy Efficient The auto power feature powers the DriveStation on and off with your PC or other host device and the heatsink chassis keeps the internal parts cool.
  • newegg Backup and Manage Your Data with Buffalo Tools Buffalo Tools is software suite of tools designed to boost PC performance and enhance your digital life. The Buffalo's Backup Utility is an easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Michael K.
  • 3/3/2012 11:09:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great, good physical build quality

Pros: Ports, physical build, speed

Cons: Very bright blue light on the front, a little loud

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  • Alan B.
  • 7/16/2011 10:23:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorse drive ever AVOID AVOID

Pros: NONE - Should be less than one egg.

Cons: Worse drives I have ever owned. Bought two of them. Had critical data on them. Used both so that I thought I could be safe. Both failed about the same time after about 8 months. But they never worked well - actually. Many times the computer would not see them. Now they are finally dead. They had seagate hard drives in them. DO NOT BUY

Other Thoughts: the only thing that could possible make me soften my review is if Buffalo were to own up to these drives. At a minimum a refund - so that I can spend money taking these drives to see if the data can possibly be retrieved- I have already spent several hundred dollars trying to retrieve the data on my own through buying programs.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 6/4/2011 6:26:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAVOID AVOID AVOID!

Pros: Good looks, multiple ports (FW800, usb, etc)

Cons: Terrible drive - fails frequently and tech support has not been able to fix after 3 times!

Other Thoughts: Drive failed after 6 months of use. I'm now on my third drive, and they fail immediately after I receive them from Buffalo tech support. DO NOT BUY!

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  • Andrew D.
  • 1/5/2011 10:38:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in ~6 months

Pros: Looks.

Cons: Failed in less than 1 year, the worst case scenario for this kind of product.

Other Thoughts: Contacted Buffalo support, but they haven't gotten back to me.

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  • stephen z.
  • 12/4/2010 8:12:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAVOID

Pros: None

Cons: The cons where to start i am on my third drive. Each one corrupts beyond repair after normal light use. I am seeking a replacement of another brand at this point. I do use it with a mac however this should not be the cause of the drive not showing up at all on all of its available connections. Just bad hardware the support people are supper friendly just bad product.

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  • Timothy A.
  • 10/9/2010 7:07:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: It works. I needed a big back-up drive with 1394b and eSATA. This Buffalo drive offers both. I haven't tested the eSATA connection (yet), but it transfers files nicely via 1394b. I reformatted to NTFS to handle big Ghost files. In every other respect, plug and play.

Cons: This isn't much of a negative, but I'll mention it anyway: the drive has narrow feet, feels top heavy and looks like a glancing bump could send it toppling over on one side. This is the fourth external back-up drive I've owned, and the worst by a margin as far as stability-on-the-table goes. Not that big a deal to me, but worth knocking off one egg.

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  • Andy C.
  • 8/2/2010 1:51:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsdrive is trash

Pros: I own 2 of these drives. The first one I've had for over 2 years. Best hard drive I ever owned, so when that one filled, bought another one in February this year.

Cons: New drive died in less than 6 months.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if it's a QA issue, but something's different. The newer drive looks the same as the old, but it even sounds different from the old one when it was working. It worked fine for about 4 months, then it would just randomly disconnect itself during large file transfers or even just idling. Drive is trash, don't buy.

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  • Jason B.
  • 8/2/2010 8:40:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Price, footprint, Firewire 800

Cons: Warm

Other Thoughts: Works great as a Time Machine on my Macbook Pro. No problems or issues. Fast, and quiet.

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  • Lawrence G.
  • 6/21/2010 8:19:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig and fast

Pros: Large capacity, lots of interfaces. I have traveled with this for several months now. I produce TV so I beat the heck out of it. I use the eSata and USB interfaces. So far it has been great. I will more of these.

Cons: Physically large drive and power supply. It barely fits in my bag it is so huge.

Other Thoughts: USB 3 is not supported by this drive. Contrary the other reviews I can really get this united heated up to a nice temperature for cooking.

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  • Caleb M.
  • 1/22/2010 7:10:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Hard Drive

Pros: Great drive, relatively high transfer speeds for USB. All the computers I've used it on have been able to recognize it without a problem. I haven't used them yet, but the firewire and sata ports are a nice addition.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Make sure if you plan on transferring any files bigger then 4gb that you reformat the drive as it is formatted in FAT32 by default.

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