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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
  • $119.99
  • $99.99
  • Save: $20.00 (17%)
  • $0.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

5 out of 5 eggs Blazing Fast External! 02/26/2014

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

Pros:

This is the most impressive 3.0 external device I’ve ever seen. I was amazed to see that this was a 5400 RPM drive.

The USB 3.0 connection, and possibly some technology thrown in by Buffalo, makes this drive operate just as fast as any internal 3 ½ inch hard drive.

It took less than 14 minutes to create a total system image in Windows 8.1, using Windows internal imaging utility. I am using 55GB of allocated space on my drive, which is a 120GB SSD.

Installation a no brainer. Just plug the regular 3 foot USB cable into an unused USB port (hopefully 3.0) on your computer and it show up just like another internal hard drive.

It works in any operating system, per the instructions that came with the drive, but it is preformatted NTFS.

I’ve plugged this drive into the back of my system and cannot hear it.

The drive itself is a handsome black plastic box just big enough to hold the 3 ½ inch hard drive. Fit and finish looked very good. It can be place on its side of flat, and airflow will not be restricted.

Cons:

The unit needs its own power – a wall wart of course. This enables the drive to deliver outstanding performance.

Buffalo purported to furnish disk formatting and backup software. I passed on both. I was not able to download the imaging software, but I did not try more than a few minutes.

Other Thoughts:

Buffalo Technology technical support is decent but timeconsuming. I fortunately did not use them for this item.

This drive will seem huge compared to the 2 ½ inch external drives that are the size of a deck of cards. So if portability is important, you would be better off sticking with a smaller 2 ½ inch, which is slower but does not require its own power.

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