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BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

  • 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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  • Todd S.
  • 4/5/2016 10:35:40 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for Storage!

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: Works well and is not to slow.

Cons: The only thing that i can complain about this buffalo drive is that it is not plug and play, if you disconnect this drive without using safe to remove hardware feature you will loose all your data. their is one other thing you can only reformat this drive with a buffalo program that you have to get from their website.

Other Thoughts: I am very surprised that buffalo drives seem old fashioned in the sense that they are not plug and play. it is not hard to forget when your other storage drives are.

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  • Wade R.
  • 3/24/2016 2:46:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEasy to setup, performs as expected, but... USB3.0 not functional?

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: I've had a couple BUFFALO products before, and since the drive helps me sidestep the bother I see surrounding Seagate&Samsung drives poor QOM, I was happy to spend a little extra on this drive. Got it quickly. Setup was (barring the issue reported below) super easy - plug to power, plug to USB, you're off to the races. Transferring files was no big deal, as it shouldn't be, and the drive seems to pull files reliably to send through Plex, my home media server. The desktop footprint is small and unassuming, and it blissfully has only one LED, which reports if the drive is performing an operation by means of a slow fade/blink. Fan noise and heat are minimal.

Cons: -The drive says it can operate in a standing position, but no bracket is included to keep the drive upright. Guess you gotta count on yourself not to knock it over.

-I noticed when moving all of my movies/music/shows from my internal HDD over to this that it was performing at a speed pretty typical of USB2.0, not the expected USB3.0 (something like 50MB/s.) Now, I could be making this up and the slow transfers could be just a result of it being (I think) a 5400RPM drive, but it seemed abnormally slow. Compound that with the fact that while all my other USB3.0 devices can be seen in the Windows SDK's "USBView" utility, and are happy to report what spec they're connected at, this device crashes USB View whenever you try to inspect it. Docking some Eggs for that, and hoping BUFFALO can help clear this up. I'll revise the review then.

Other Thoughts: Sadly, I can't at this point report on the real thing I think everybody wants to know about when buying an external HDD: reliability. As it is, I've owned it only a weekend, and haven't really given it much opportunity to fail. I'll update this review (if I can remember!) once I have more info on that factor.

UPDATE 3/24: Not getting remarkably better. After establishing that all other USB devices report correctly in USBView and only the extHDD crashes USBView, I opened a ticket. I promptly got the reply that the problem was probably... everything else in the chain. But not the drive. Never the drive. So the utility, the USB drivers, the USB controller itself. Just not the drive. Expert troubleshooting.

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  • Alex B.
  • 2/12/2016 3:10:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken in 3 months

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: Looks OK, worked well for 9 weeks. USB 3.0 is a good feature.

Cons: Mine broke within 3 months of using it. Now the light comes on, but it doesn't make any noise and none of my computers recognize it.

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  • Ethan R.
  • 1/23/2016 2:53:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStrong like a buffalo

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: -Sleek form factor
-Plug and play
-Good value

Cons: None. I notice the write noise but that's because everything else in my system is solid state... I may try and move it off my desktop for this reason but honestly it's not too bad.

Other Thoughts: Excited to move from a USB 2.0 to a USB 3.0. This will hold all my media.

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  • G G.
  • 1/14/2016 10:35:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: It has been working for several months

Cons: It hasn't quit

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  • Kin C.
  • 12/29/2015 9:22:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood value

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: fast, quiet, not too hot

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: very happy with it so far (1 month of daily use)

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5 out of 5 eggsI like it

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: I have used many external hard drives and network storage devices. I've always liked buffalo and this device works just flawlessly. Works out the box basically. Price wasn't that bad either.

Cons: Requires power via ac adapter

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2015 3:38:01 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI've ordered my second one

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: This is a large, well functioning device. It works on all of my computer's USB 3.0 ports and I've had no trouble in the year of ownership. I needed another drive and liked this one enough to double up.

Cons: No problems.

Other Thoughts: I use these drives to copy out large backup files - 190-250GB and have no problems.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 9/5/2015 2:16:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent external backup drive

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: Love this external drive. The past few backup drives I used were Seagate and they were mired with problems (I needed to RMA both and both eventually died).

The backup software works flawlessly and very easy to use and setup. I set it up to backup my data every day and never a problem.

The other software also works well, especially TurboPC which speeds up file transfers.

You'll pay a bit more compared to other drives, but it's worth it. The build quality is excellent.

Cons: Only con is the software install is not straightforward. They include an exe for the apparent software install on the drive, but it just opens up a webpage to install the software. Problem is that you can't download the software from there; instead, go to the Buffalo support page and enter the model number and search. You will need your serial number for every software to download, so have it ready.

Other Thoughts: If you need an easy to use and quality external backup drive get this one.

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  • Kenneth E.
  • 8/12/2015 1:39:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for backup

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black

Pros: Worked out of the box. Plug n Play using the USB 3.0 for faster transfer speed. Great for backing up the 2.75TB (3 drives - .75/1.0/1.0). Quiet and cool. I forget it's even there.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you can find it on sale, get it.

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