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Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive

B&H # BUGD30U3 Mfr # HD-GD3.0U3
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You Pay: $136.99
Product Highlights
  • 3TB Drive Capacity
  • SATA 3 Gbps Drive Interface
  • USB 3.0 Compatible
  • 1GB Integrated DRAM Cache
  • 5 Gbps USB 3.0 Data Transfer Rate
  • 480 Mbps USB 2.0 Data Transfer Rate

The 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive from Buffalo is an external desktop hard drive equipped with 3TB of storage space perfect for storing a large amount of data including HD movies, videos, pictures, music, documents and more. This drive comes equipped with 1GB memory cache allowing you to transfer data at speeds comparable to many solid state drives.

Simply connect this plug-and-play drive to a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port and begin quickly transferring your files at data rates up to 5 Gbps when utilizing the USB 3.0 connection. The integrated 1GB DRAM cache aides in accelerating file transfer performance ensuring your data remains secure as it is transferred. You also benefit from a wealth of utilities from Buffalo including Buffalo's Backup Utility, eco Manager, RAMDISK and SecureLock.

Easy to Use Storage
With terabytes of storage, the DriveStation DDR provides reliable, easy to use storage for your PC and Mac computer. Quickly expand the capacity of your computer for your favorite music, photos, videos and more. The simple USB 3.0 interface offers plug-and-play setup and universal connectivity.
Unique Form Fits Anywhere
DriveStation DDR features a reduced form factor chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally, adapting to the location it is used in for efficient use of space. Stand it upright on your home office desktop or lay it flat below your TV as part of your media center.
Easy Scheduled Backup
Back up your important files with the DriveStation DDR. Schedule regular backups for your PC with Buffalo Backup Utility or use Time Machine for your Mac.
MegaCache Accelerator
The DriveStation DDR includes a 1 GB DRAM cache system to greatly accelerate file transfer performance - up to 2.3X faster. MegaCache Accelerator offers automatic enhancements with plug-and-play setup. There are no utilities or special software to install.

Buffalo Tools

Buffalo's Backup Utility is featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.
eco Manager helps to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive.
RAMDISK is a simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC which creates a small, but fast working environment.
SecureLock software for Windows provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gbps
Capacity 3TB
USB Compatibility USB 3.0 / 2.0
Connector Type Type A
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rates Max: 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
Max: 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
Operating Environment 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Power Consumption Max. 18W
Power Supply AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
OS Compatibility Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows XP
Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.7
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.8 x 5.0 x 8.0" / 45.7 x 127 x 203.2 mm
Weight 2.2 lb / 1 kg
Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick-Setup Guide
  • Warranty Statement
  • Limited 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Buffalo3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive
     
    3.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (12)
    • Fast (11)
    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Highly compatible (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High volume (9)
      • Home (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (12), Casual user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (7)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (11), PC (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      So far, so good!

      I did a fair amount of research before buying this product. I originally planned to buy a large capacity thunderbolt drive for my retina Macbook Pro, but then I starting reading reviews about this...Read complete review

      I did a fair amount of research before buying this product. I originally planned to buy a large capacity thunderbolt drive for my retina Macbook Pro, but then I starting reading reviews about this DDR USB 3.0 drive and thought I'd give it a shot. It's been great so far- fast (just as fast or faster than my portable thunderbolt drive), quiet, simple to format and easy to use with time machine on my mac. The price can't be beat either- far less than what I would have spent on a thunderbolt drive of comparable capacity.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Horrible!! Lost All Data TWICE!!

      I do video production and needed to backup large files. So I read about every HD out and this one kept getting good reviews. I am a long time fan of Buffalo with their...Read complete review

      I do video production and needed to backup large files. So I read about every HD out and this one kept getting good reviews. I am a long time fan of Buffalo with their wireless routers, but they need to stick to that!I received the drive plugged it into my MacBook Pro and set it up, partitioned it 2tb for mac and 1tb for PC. I have lots of large files in both formats I needed to consolidate. So everything was going fine, I backuped a bunch of files from MacBook that was getting full and then confident (and stupidly) I deleted them off my MacBook.Then I plugged Buffalo into my PC and Nothing! It didn't show up in explorer so I went to manage devices to see if it could find it. I found it and tried to open from there, but nada.Frustrated I went back to my mack and planned to use other HD to import through mackbook USB ports.When I plugged Buffalo back into MacBook it asked if I wanted to set it up and partition!I stopped and called tech support, and they said sorry "I could buy the data recovery" That they sell to get my data back!!I said "Seriously?! I just paid $[$] for your drive that has now lost all my data and you want me to pay another $100 to retrieve it?!" They said "Yup"So long story I bought a 3rd party rescue software, not from them, and rescued my data. Resetup the 3tb and wanted to give it another try. (this time I kept my data and didn't delete it) It worked for about a week, then it just died. Wouldn't power up on mac or pc! So I'm done with them and went and exchanged it for the WD 3TB Mycloud, which so far is doing ok except it doesn't have direct drag and drop via usb3 or at least it didn't come with a data transfer cable. For $[$] they could have included that! So stay away! I wouldn't even recommend this to my worst enemy!Cheers,Matthew Rings

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      5.0

      Very quick and quiet

      By Tommy

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

          No problems. Very quick to access, and can't really hear it running. I have it hooked up to a media center and have no problems accessing movies.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          3.0

          Super Fast, but POOR QUALITY

          By schlhsrok

          from Charlottesville, VA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Failed
          • Insecure
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • High Volume

          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

          For the most part I love this drive because of it's pure speed (and price). But, I have had two of these drives come up with bad blocks within a year. Luckily, they were covered by the warrantee. I always back up my data, so problems there.

          Getting an RMA for both drives (different occasions) was very easy and painless. Support is spot on. Just wish the drive would last longer.

          Something to mention: Disc is unable to be encrypted.

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

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          1.0

          Failed after 6 months

          By Chris the Unfortunate

          from New Hope, PA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Fails

          Best Uses

          • Paper weight

          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

          MBP video and multimedia apps
          Storage, speed, etc was great until it died.

          Not visible on the desktop. Spins, changed finder settings, plugged into other mbp's, bought a new cable. Just spins.

          I cannot recommend this product. I am SOL and you will be too if you take your chance on this drive. I am looking for data recovery tools and wasting hours on this product.

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

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          4.0

          Super fast, ez setup,

          By Michael

          from Incline Village, NV

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

          • Cheap Case Materials
          • Wall-wart Plug

          Best Uses

          • High Volume

          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

          Really easy setup/configure. Very quiet operation. Super fast write. The only minor nits to pick are wall-wart plug; I prefer std plug w/inline transformer for added space at wall outlet. I'd also like a much higher quality case. This unit has very light-duty plastic case compared to my Seagate and WD drives. Of course its much faster than any ext drive from those firms but the premium price should provide a more premium quality case, imo. Still a solid 4-star product based on performance and ease of usage.

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

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          5.0

          Great drive

          By Oceanlovin

          from Southern California

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

            I use this drive as a Time Machine backup for my Macintosh. It has worked seamlessly and is fairly quiet. The price is great so I have no complaints!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Great Expectations

            By DAK

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume
              • Home
              • Sensitive Materials

              Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

              Longtime loyalist to @ but recommended to take a look at B&H. Glad that I did, which is where I bought this hd. Did some research on reviews which were either kudos or curses that seemed to be based on possible defects early on. Price was right and I knew what I was getting. Quiet, fast, even though using USB 2.0 for now. Very pleased I bought it. Only minor inconvenience is very short USB cable that comes with hd and plug-in ports are in back of hd. Otherwise, I would have given this hd all 5 stars.

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

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              5.0

              Works fine

              By Alan

              from Morristown, NJ

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                The unit is small, quiet works well. Have it on USB 2.0 so don't see maximum speed.
                Still backed up using time machine more that 350 GB of files in about 6 hours.

                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                1.0

                Lost My Files and No Tech Support

                By JBMedeiros

                from São Paulo, Brazil

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                      Unfortunately, I can not recommend this product. After 1 month of use, the unit/drive has failed. Luckily, I never trust my data in one spot and have backups of all my files, in this case video. I don't know if this is a drive failure or the Buffalo enclosure itself but obviously, failure after one month is unacceptable. Reading the other reviews, it seems this drive is either hit or miss so if you buy this device you're gambling with your data.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Horrible!! Lost All Data TWICE!!

                      By http://www.DBL07.co/

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Power user

                      Pros

                      • Great At Losing All Data

                      Cons

                      • Complicated To Set Up
                      • Great At Losing All Data
                      • Insecure

                      Best Uses

                      • Paper weight

                      Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                      I do video production and needed to backup large files. So I read about every HD out and this one kept getting good reviews. I am a long time fan of Buffalo with their wireless routers, but they need to stick to that!I received the drive plugged it into my MacBook Pro and set it up, partitioned it 2tb for mac and 1tb for PC. I have lots of large files in both formats I needed to consolidate. So everything was going fine, I backuped a bunch of files from MacBook that was getting full and then confident (and stupidly) I deleted them off my MacBook.Then I plugged Buffalo into my PC and Nothing! It didn't show up in explorer so I went to manage devices to see if it could find it. I found it and tried to open from there, but nada.Frustrated I went back to my mack and planned to use other HD to import through mackbook USB ports.When I plugged Buffalo back into MacBook it asked if I wanted to set it up and partition!I stopped and called tech support, and they said sorry "I could buy the data recovery" That they sell to get my data back!!I said "Seriously?! I just paid $[$] for your drive that has now lost all my data and you want me to pay another $100 to retrieve it?!" They said "Yup"So long story I bought a 3rd party rescue software, not from them, and rescued my data. Resetup the 3tb and wanted to give it another try. (this time I kept my data and didn't delete it) It worked for about a week, then it just died. Wouldn't power up on mac or pc! So I'm done with them and went and exchanged it for the WD 3TB Mycloud, which so far is doing ok except it doesn't have direct drag and drop via usb3 or at least it didn't come with a data transfer cable. For $[$] they could have included that! So stay away! I wouldn't even recommend this to my worst enemy!Cheers,Matthew Rings

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

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                      5.0

                      Great Buy

                      By Graham

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High Volume
                        • Home

                        Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                        Huge Storage for a great price.
                        I leave it connected all the time and it pulls media to my computer as if it were on the local drive. Couldn't be happier.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Mmmmm

                        By Oor Willie

                        from OZ

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High Volume

                          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                          Not a fast as I thought it would be but these things never are.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          4.0

                          Super Fast & Sturdy

                          By ZACHstudios

                          from Nazareth, PA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Fast
                          • Solid
                          • Super Fast

                          Cons

                          • Weird To Setup

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Fast Load Offload
                          • High Volume

                          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                          This is a pretty awesome drive. I bought two for my backup system for all of my wedding photography files and so far it has been super solid. The software installation for the MegaCache Accelerator was iffy & I am still not sure if it worked correctly but the drive is fast and build well.

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

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                          5.0

                          Two words: CRAZY FAST HD

                          By Antonjawa

                          from Houston TX

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                          • None so far

                          Best Uses

                          • High Volume
                          • Home

                          Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                          You won't care about the price once possessing this HD. Unbelievable-crazy-fast!!!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          So far, so good!

                          By LB

                          from Bloomington, IN

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High Volume
                            • Home
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                            I did a fair amount of research before buying this product. I originally planned to buy a large capacity thunderbolt drive for my retina Macbook Pro, but then I starting reading reviews about this DDR USB 3.0 drive and thought I'd give it a shot. It's been great so far- fast (just as fast or faster than my portable thunderbolt drive), quiet, simple to format and easy to use with time machine on my mac. The price can't be beat either- far less than what I would have spent on a thunderbolt drive of comparable capacity.

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

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Preacher

                            from sewanee TN

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Manage
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High Volume

                              Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                              This is a great product, I purchased the hard drive to maintain videos that I am uploading to the web.

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

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                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              A curious product

                              By fip

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

                                Comments about Buffalo 3TB DriveStation DDR Desktop Hard Drive:

                                The cache is the story here. 1 GB of cache speeds up small file operations, but will lose data if it is not flushed with a power failure.

                                Yes, it is fast, my benchmarks show 170-220 MB/s, roughly double a modern hard drive. It is much slower in extended file copies, though. A 50 GB file slows down to more mortal speeds.

                                If you have power failure, you're hosed. Really needs a backup PSU.

                                So, I'm not quite sure the appropriate application for this drive. It's kind of risky and little slow for backup, and not quite fast enough to compete with SSD drives in performance.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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