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Buffalo 8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array

B&H # BUHDQL8TU3R5 Mfr # HD-QL8TU3R5
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Product Highlights
  • USB 3.0: Up to 5.0 Gbps
  • Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0
  • SATA Hard Drives
  • 235 MB/s Data Transfer Rate
  • RAID 0 / 5 / 10
  • Buffalo Tools Software for Windows
  • NovaBACKUP Business Essentials Software
  • Time Machine Support
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility

The Buffalo 8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array is a 4-drive, RAID enabled USB 3.0 storage solution. It is designed for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers who need large, redundant and high performance external storage. Each of the 4 SATA drives has a 2 TB storage capacity, for a vast 8 TB total, and a 235 MB/s data transfer rate. Support for hardware RAID 0, RAID 5 and RAID 10 provides flexible redundancy, capacity and performance operations. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 works with virtually any PC or Mac computer, providing interface speeds up to 5.0 Gbps. The 4 hard drive bays are easily accessed via the user removable front panel without the use of tools, providing simple drive servicing and quick swap replacement.

RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a backup system that stores the same data on different drives, so that if one drive were to fail, you would not lose all your data. RAID 0 is essentially 'No RAID,' but is used to combine all 4 drives into one 'super-drive' for maximum capacity with no redundancy. This might be used by feature film editors or others needing a huge-capacity space. RAID 5 stripes the data across all 4 drives, interspersing parity data to provide an efficient blend of fault tolerance and storage capacity. RAID 10 mirrors 2 sets of hard drives and combines them into a single array, striping data across all mirrored sets for fault tolerance and increased performance.

Equipped with NovaBACKUP Business Essentials software, DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 can back up any PC, including Windows Servers and Exchange and SQL datastores. The DriveStation Quad has the capacity, redundancy and performance required for demanding professional and server applications.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Provides accelerated file access and interface speeds, up to 5 Gbps - backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
4 Easily Accessible Hard Drives
Each of the 4 SATA hard drives has a 2 TB storage capacity, for a vast 8 TB total. The bays are easily accessed via the user removable front panel without the use of tools, providing simple drive servicing and quick swap replacement. The drives give you the choice of optimal capacity, performance or redundancy.
Connect and Go
Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box - no formatting or driver installation is required.
Safeguard Your Data
RAID redundancy offers a variety of ways to protect your data - RAID 0/5/10. RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a backup system that stores the same data on different drives, so that if one drive were to fail, you would not lose all your data. RAID 0, or Striping Mode, is essentially 'No RAID,' but is used to combine all 4 drives into one 'super-drive' for maximum capacity with no redundancy. RAID 5, or Parity Mode, stripes the data across all 4 drives, interspersing parity data to provide an efficient blend of fault tolerance and storage capacity. RAID 10, or Striped Mirror Mode, mirrors 2 sets of hard drives and combines them into a single array, striping data across all mirrored sets for fault tolerance and increased performance.
Hardware SecureLock
Uses optional hardware AES 256-bit full-disk encryption to protect data from theft and unauthorized access.
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.
Buffalo Tools
Use Buffalo Tools to enhance PC and transfer performance and to back up your important digital assets.
TurboPC Utility
Enhance the overall performance of your PC and increase file transfer rates.
NovaBACKUP Business Essentials
Includes an easy-to-use, complete backup solution for your Windows and Windows Server PC, and also features a backup agent for MS SQL and Exchange. Restore any file from a single view and get local and online backup, with free and premium off-site backup capabilities. The integration of online storage services allows for reliable compatibility. Disk imaging disaster recovery enables complete system imaging, as well as complete system restore in hours instead of days. Bare Metal Restore allows for quick reconstruction on a blank system. Each unit comes with 1 license of NovaBACKUP Business Essentials.
Time Machine Compatibility
Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer.
Auto Power On / Off
Auto Power On / Off Automatically turns On and Off with the device to which it's connected.
Eco Manager
Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and reducing battery consumption.
Performance
Capacity 4x 2 TB = 8 TB total
Also accepts 1 TB drives
Interface USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Disk Data Transfer 235 MB/s (RAID 0, sequential read)
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: Max. 5 Gbps
USB 2.0: Max. 480 Mbps
System Requirements Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP, Windows 2000
Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)*, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)*, Windows Server 2008 (32-bit/64-bit)*, Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)*
Mac OS X 10.4 or later* 1
Please Note:

*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported in these operating systems - some included utilities may not work

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General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements Supply: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Consumption: Max. 86 W, Avg. 40 W
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41 - 95° F (5.0 - 35° C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9 x 6.1 x 9.2" (15 x 15.5 x 23.4 cm)
Weight 12.5 lb (5.7 kg)
Buffalo 8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Setup DVD-ROM
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Bundled Software
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Buffalo8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Perfect for HD video work

    By JD

    from Philadelphia

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Manage
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

    • A Bit Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Capture Scratch
    • Raid Array

    Comments about Buffalo 8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array:

    I use the product for editing HD video on a Mac Pro (quad-core, circa 2010). Easy to set up in RAID array with bundled software; no guesswork or convoluted procedures. I use RAID 5, and so far the drive is functioning flawlessly. It is a bit pricey, and I imagine prices on RAID-capable drives will drop in the future, but I feel that this purchase was well worth the expense. It takes a few seconds to mount when powered on, but afterwards it's fast enough.

    It's quiet, compact, and cool. I hardly know it's there except for its HAL-9000-esque lights. The front piece pops off easily (it's magnetized) to access the four separate drives in case any go bad. For accessibility, functionality, and ease of use, perfect marks all around.

    This Buffalo DriveStation was recommended to me, and I in turn would recommend to anyone who needs RAID-capable storage.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Great product, easy to configure

    By Criticalpath

    from Boston, MA

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          Comments about Buffalo 8 TB DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 Hard Drive Array:

          We've only had the 8TB DriveStation for about a week, but it worked perfectly out of the box and was easy to reformat in NTFS. Total formatted capacity in RAID-0 is about 7.5TB.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          Host Adapters

          Connect this RAID array to a computer with a host adapter.

          SIIG -  DP USB 3.0 4-Port PCIe i/e Adapter Card
          • You Pay: $35.24
           

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