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BUFFALO DriveStation Axis 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LB3.0TU3 Black

  • USB 3.0
  • Buffalo Backup Utility
  • 1 Year Warranty
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It 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: boost transfer speeds by up to 4X over USB 2.0, conserve energy and battery consumption and perform PC backups. DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 is the perfect solution for expanding storage or backing up your computer.

  • newegg USB 3.0 Interface and USB 2.0 Compatibility The DriveStation Axis HD-LBU3 features USB 3.0 interface for maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 enabled desktop computers and notebooks. Simply plug the cable into the USB port and you are connected – no additional hardware or cables are required.
  • newegg Upgrade Your Computer to USB 3.0 In conjunction with the SuperSpeed USB DriveStation, Buffalo has released two interface card adapters for an instant USB 3.0 upgrade. The USB 3.0 PCI Express Interface Card IFC-PCIE2U3 for PCs and the USB 3.0 ExpressCard Adapter IFC-EC2U3/UC for laptops allow users to upgrade their computers to utilize SuperSpeed USB technology for the fastest USB data transfer speeds ever. Plus, each adapter card has two USB 3.0 ports for two simultaneous SuperSpeed connections.
  • newegg Flexible Positioning Designed to fit anywhere, the DriveStation Axis can be positioned either vertically or horizontally for ultimate flexibility. The sleek, attractive chassis can be adapted to the location and looks good on a desk or as part of a home entertainment system.
  • newegg TurboPC Enhancement TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 4 X over competing USB 2.0 hard drives. TurboPC also includes TurboCopy which draws on additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.
  • newegg Fanless Design The fanless design makes it very quiet while in operation and it is perfect for home media and game rooms.
  • 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. The Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption.

Learn more about the Buffalo Technology HD-LB3.0TU3


DriveStation Axis


USB 3.0

Physical Spec

1.5 x 4.8 x 7.5 in
2.1 lbs


Compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0: Support for legacy USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed 3.0

Adaptable Positioning: Product designed to be positioned horizontally or vertically for ultimate flexibility and versatility in any environment

Connect & Go: Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box – no formatting or installation required; simply plug it into any USB port

Works with PC (NTFS and HFS+ support) and Mac: Connect to your computer for additional storage or backup of your music, photo, video and data ¬files

Fanless Design: Allows for quiet operation, perfect for home media centers and game rooms

TurboPC Utility: Enhance the overall performance of your Windows PC and increase ¬file transfer rates up to 4 X over competing USB 2.0 hard drives

Back Up Your Files: Buffalo’s Backup Utility automatically backs up your Windows PC, protecting your data

Time Machine Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer

Eco Manager: Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the Buffalo Technology HD-LB3.0TU3

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  • Vitaliy K.
  • 9/21/2013 8:39:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood while working

Pros: - Good speed for such drive
- USB 3.0

Cons: - Only one year warranty, and that is big con with this drive
- Failed one week before warranty expiration
- Looks nice, but it drive is simply wrapped in shiny plastic container (no fan either!)

Other Thoughts: Contacted Buffalo over phone since they do not provide web form to request RMA. From there it is straightforward: fill out details, send proof of purchase and ship defective unit back. Whole thing took half an hour.

Would I buy this unit again? Hell no! I have much older units from other manufacturers that are still going strong without any failures and are still 4+ years old, though they are 2Tb and less in capacity.

Also, list price is way too high for such unit. Watch prices for similar drives and you will get a better deal.

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  • Larry W.
  • 3/20/2013 12:24:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLessons Learned

Pros: I was thrilled with the drive, my first USB3. Amazing fast. Newegg as usual packed it well and delivered quickly. Price was good too. Reviews as of August '12 were all good, I felt I had made a good purchase. I got the drive so that I could dump about 20 smaller disks from years past that I had archived. It took me several days because I was working from a laptop so I had to use USB converters. The other disks were running USB 2.1 and were painfully slow so it took several days. Then it took another 2 weeks to sort and combine all those archives. After that I felt good and was happy to finally get that over.

Cons: One month later, the drive will not power up. It's not behaving like a faulty disk. I am 100% positive it is the power supply in the enclosure. I plug it in and no lights, no disk spin-up, nothing. As stated above, I have almost 3 weeks of my time tied up in this drive. The data on the drive is personal enough that I would not send it back, especially knowing that Buffalo will likely take the disk out, throw the defective case in the trash, and send it to someone else with my data on it. I have received RMA drives/phones with previous data. That's not happening, so I am basically stuck with this.

My guess = defective component in the power supply in the enclosure and the drive is likely intact. I will remove it, void the warranty, and mount it elsewhere later. A bit annoying that warranties have this confidentiality factor that makes you wonder if you should take them up on it. If its DOA, then of course you send it back at your expense, but what if you have data on the drive?

And also, I gave the case a good once-over and I still haven't figured out how to take it apart without destroying it. That's annoying.

Other Thoughts: Lessons learned:

1. If using Win 7, use the Bit Locker feature to encrypt your data. Or Truecrypt or whatever. That way, your data is useless to everyone else if you need to send the disk back.

2. Enclosures are dirt cheap. Hard drives are expensive. You don't want to combine their warranties. The cheap-o enclosure fails, and now my expensive 3TB disk has no warranty if i remove it and just send the defective part back. They should set it up like that instead of worrying about that 1 in a 1000 case that someone will buy a product from them only to swap in their own defective disk to pull a scam. From now on I will just buy my own enclosure and keep the disk as a separate purchase.

Manufacturer Response:

Please contact me so we can trouble shoot your device. if it is just the power supply then we can just do a replacement for your powersupplyu instead of having you to send in the whole unit. also I can explain and ease your concerns for privacy in regards to your data. We adhere to the NIST 800-88 CLEAR standard. As soon as we recieve your HDD, we mount your HDD and complete a single pass overwrite to destroy your data. This procedure will make sure that noone will be able to view,access or recover the data that was on your HDD.


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  • Edward B.
  • 2/17/2013 4:08:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied after 2 months

Pros: Fast drive and USB 3 interface was fast

Cons: None except for the part about dying.

Other Thoughts: It was just sitting there being used to backup some pictures. Then it just started clicking (retrying?) and stopped responding. Cycle power and it clicks 10 times and gives up. USB device is being detected, but won't showup in filemanager. Still under 1 yr wty. its a pain.

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  • Bee T.
  • 2/15/2013 1:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot recommended

Pros: It was cheat. I can get the same or better item at Costco for around the same price.

Cons: It was DOA. Bought it back in September and it went on the shelf until early this year. I try to use it. The computer don't recognize it. It was making a clicking noise. The hard drive was dead.

Other Thoughts: I will has second thoughts about buying anything buffalo again. I send it in on warranty but they are making it difficult and will probably be replace with another refurbish unit. Very disappointed.

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  • Kenneth C.
  • 1/30/2013 8:05:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs6 Months, 24/7, Perfect

Pros: Great value on a storage drive...and, when they are on sale at around $129, a killer value.

Cons: Not even one.

Clueless drones complaining about computers and computer parts writing bogus reviews while calling themselves 5-Egg Eggsperts.

Other Thoughts: I have two of them...running 24/7 for nearly 6 months. Near capacity, loaded with mp3 and movies. BTW, I back up everything I put in storage in other drives. This cuts down on whining about lost data when using only one backup. Redundancy rules! Now, I can see where the occasional person gets a DOA, but the HDD reviews on NewEgg have just gotten out of hand. With rare exception, unless UPS drops them or bounces them around, drives arrive fully functional. Now, of course, I am jaded...I don't throw my externals in a ditty bag, spill soda on them, keep them so close together that they overheat, store them in a place with no air flow, etc (insert own method of abuse here).

They take too long to do daily backup? Well, DUH; they are 3tb drives! HINT: They are STORAGE drives!

One bozo said that he was giving it 1-Egg because it doesn't have a fan. LOL Where in the specs does it say it has a fan.

People...cop a clue. Learn about your equipment and how to install and use it. Read the specs...then you won't trash a product for things it never claimed to have/do in the first place.

These are excellent external 3tb drives.

NOW, do you see why fewer and fewer people buy stuff based on NewEgg and (insert on-line seller that has a name based on a river in a jungle) reviews? I sure do.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 1/27/2013 10:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat External Hard Drive

Pros: Decided to review because of so many negative reviews that don't make any sense.

Had this for around 4 months and it was running no problem. There were times I had it on for over 2 weeks with my computer.

I personally think it would have ran for years to come. You can't blame Buffalo for hard drive failures, since they don't make these hard drives, probably. My was a Seagate.

I really like the casing. It looks so nice.

It does run pretty fast regardless of using USB 3.0 since I don't have. I used it like a network drive with Hamachi. Was able to transfer within LAN and also from another location with Hamachi.

* Works as it is supposed to
* Works out of the box
* Sleek design
* Turns on when computer turns on, turns off when computer is off. (This may sound stupid, but since this was the first of its kind I have bought, I'm not sure if other enclosures do the same. I know that portable hard drives does this, obviously. I am used to buying my own external enclosures with internal hard drive. Since it was on sale before, I thought it'd be nice to try it.)

It was worth the try. I do recommend this hard drive, regardless of the negative reviews. If you can't even use the hard drive, I can't see why you can give it one egg, it's not even being tested.

Cons: * Rubber legs for horizontal design
* Better design for vertical stand
* Short power cord
See other thoughts for more information.

Other Thoughts: I dropped my external hard drive on the floor. It slide right off the table because I pulled the power cord since I wasn't aware of the length of the cord. I was trying to plug it into the power strip. Buffalo enclosure no longer worked. Windows could not detect the hard drive.

So I took it apart. I found out the file system was corrupted, however, I used GetDataBack for NTFS and was able to retrieve all 1.5 TB worth of pictures, videos, etc. back. I really do recommend a better versatile design. Although it says it can be placed horizontally and vertically, the vertical design isn't that safe. It is very easy to knock it sideways. The horizontal design is weak with the lack of rubber legs, which is why it slid off my wooden table so easily. But it was still due to my clumsiness. *lol*

I took out the hard drive to save my data. It was too late to return to newegg and I didn't want to go through the trouble with Buffalo since I had important data.

I opened the casing and took the hard drive out, which voided the warranty instantly. There is a weird seal like a film inside.

I found that it was a Seagate drive. I don't have anything against it, but I do prefer Western Digital. I used CrystalDisk to check whether or not the hard drive is bad in anyway after dropping it. It seems fine. It is in usable condition.

I wish it was white.

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  • David C.
  • 1/15/2013 2:56:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied in 4 months

Pros: 3TB storage, USB 3.0, Fairly inexpensive

Cons: Drive operated fine through ocasional use for 4 months. I was swapping between this drive and one other 3TB for my workstation backup. Worked fine for its last backup, but when plugging it in the next time it wouldn't power up.

Other Thoughts: Buffalo is replacing the drive under warranty, but the customer service was slow with long waits (over 30 min) on hold and no response to my first upload of proof of purchase. I have spent a lot of time getting this exchanged. The better option next time is to use a dedicated hard drive and separate enclosure from another manufacturer that allows online handling of returns with no need to contact support. That's what I've always done in the past.

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  • Bee T.
  • 1/5/2013 1:48:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspiece o sheiate!!!

Pros: it was cheap at the time.

Cons: I has this thing for several months, today. I decided to use it and when I plugged in to my computer. It just click several times and did nothing. I installed the cd but it did install because it did not see the hard drive. will have to contact buffalo support.

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  • 12/26/2012 6:02:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Recognized

Pros: Was a good price, with USB 3 connectivity and 3 TB of space. Bought it 6/21/12 for a tower computer I was assembling for my wife.

I connected it to my wifes computer (USRock Z77 based) on a USB 3 port and she used it for backup of her desktop and portable over the wired network we have.

I did not install any of the supplied software and she just accessed it under Windows Explorer under Windows Pro 64bit.

Seemed to work fine, and has about 1TB of info stored on it

Cons: A week ago she complained that she couldn't see the drive on Windows Explorer. I looked in Devices and Printers and saw the device, but it was down in the other category and not recognized as a mass storage device.

I moved it to a Lenovo W510 portable with USB 3.0 port and Windows report the device was not installed correctly. Lenovo does a good job of updating drivers, so I was surprised.

I put it on my desktop (same config as my wifes) after updating BIOS (which did have some USB compatibility fixes) and it was not recognized on USB 3.0. However, it was recognized on USB 2, so at least I can grab the data.

Other Thoughts: There might be some interplay with McAfee virus protection because I got a windows message to restart my virus scan on the desktop. However, the portable has Norton on it and did not see a similar message.

A 3 TB drive is a terrible thing to waste. I will break apart this case, test the drive, and then install it in a USB 3 external drive enclosure. I am shopping on Newegg now - looking for highest rated.

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  • Grant D.
  • 12/18/2012 2:31:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Was cheap, USB3, large storage and could be set on its edge or side.

Cons: I was storing video for a project at work on this and today it failed. I had around 1.5TB of video that was recorded 24/7 over the last 6 months on this thing when it died.

Other Thoughts: I know I should have been backing up but I didn't have room to do that and would have had to purchase another hard drive to do so. This is why I was storing on the hard drive to begin with.

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