Buffalo Revamps DriveStation Family, Adds Single-Drive "Axis"

Buffalo Revamps DriveStation Family, Adds Single-Drive "Axis"

Looking to beef up your storage potential? Who isn't, right? Buffalo is one of the bigger names in the dedicated storage business, and today they are refreshing their DriveStation family. That's a pretty robust family, with the DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad (formerly Quattro) seeing updates. The new multi-drive external units ship with NovaBACKUP Business Essentials, and if you aren't in need of multiple drives just yet, the newly announced DriveStation Axis should be perfect given its single-drive status.


The DriveStation Quad is a 4-drive, RAID enabled storage solution for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring large, redundant and high-performance external storage; it's equipped with four hard drives, DriveStation Quad supports RAID 0, 5, 10 and Normal modes. It's also ready to support eSATA 3.0 and USB 2.0, and the company states that transfer rates of up to 235MB/s are possible.


The Duo holds up to two hard drives and offers similar features, though it peaks at 225MB/s with eSATA 3.0. It's equipped with a pair of quick swap hard drives, enabling users to setup the array in RAID 0 or RAID 1. The DriveStation Quad is available in late August at estimated street prices of $624.99 for the 4 TB (HD-QL4TSU2R5) and $1134.99 for the 8 TB (HD-QL8TSU2R5), while the Duo will ship next month for $274.99 for the 2 TB (HD-WL2TSU2R1) and $454.99 for the 4 TB (HD-WL4TSU2R1). The Axis, or the single-drive fellow, will ship next month for $104.99 for the 1 TB (HD-LB1.0TU2), $124.99 for the 1.5 TB (HD-LB1.5TU2) and $169.99 for the 4 TB (HD-LB2.0TU2).


Buffalo Refreshes Its DriveStation Family
 
New External Hard Drive Solutions Offer High Capacity and High Performance

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced a refresh of the highly popular DriveStation Duo™ and DriveStation Quad™, formerly DriveStation Quattro™, representing the latest generation of high-performance direct attached storage solutions. Combining performance and reliability, these new multi-drive external hard drives, equipped with NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials, are ideal for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring redundant and high-performance external storage. Also announced today is the new DriveStation Axis™, a single drive storage solution combining unique features and simplicity with Buffalo's distinguished reliability for an exceptional value.

"Consumers and businesses alike have become quite savvy when it comes to protecting mission-critical or personal data such as file backups, work documents, music, photos and videos," said Ralph Spagnola, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. "Buffalo has always recognized this need and has once again put forth best-in-class storage solutions providing a perfect blend of reliability, performance and flexible features at affordable prices."

The DriveStation Quad is a 4-drive, RAID enabled storage solution for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring large, redundant and high-performance external storage. Equipped with four hard drives, DriveStation Quad supports RAID 0, 5, 10 and Normal modes, but ships configured in RAID 5, for a prime balance between data redundancy and available storage capacity. Additionally, DriveStation Quad supports USB 2.0 for compatibility with almost any computer and eSATA 3.0 for high-performance data transfer rates of up to 235 MB/s. A heavy-duty cooling system allows the unit to efficiently run cool and quiet while the snap-off front plate allows for quick and easy drive replacements with no tools required. Available in capacities up to 8 TB, the DriveStation Quad delivers unmatched performance at a great value.

The DriveStation Duo dual-drive storage solution features USB 2.0 support for universal compatibility and enhanced performance speeds up to 225 MB/s with eSATA 3.0, providing the necessary horsepower for even the most performance critical applications. Equipped with two quick swap hard drives, the DriveStation Duo supports RAID 0 and 1 offering data redundancy or the capacity required for demanding professional and server applications, along with simple user maintenance and tool-free drive replacements.

For value-minded consumers, Buffalo's new single drive DriveStation Axis is an easy-to-use external hard drive for the simple addition of external storage to any device via a USB port. DriveStation Axis features a sleek, attractive chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally, adapting to the location it is used in for efficient use of space. Equipped with the Buffalo Backup Utility, a component of Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich software suite designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows® PC consumers, the Buffalo DriveStation Axis is the perfect solution for expanding storage or backing up any home or home office computer.

Buffalo products can be purchased through distributors, online resellers and Buffalo's web site.  For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company's web site at www.buffalotech.com. 
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These are very nice!

Yet seeing how TB drives are down to around 58 bucks, it almost makes more sense to buy eight at $464 and put them in the old PC and that way you can network it to act as a second processing unit for things like renders:P Or collect six or more and you will have a farm :)

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You probably already know this but a large part of the appeal of NAS devices is that you drastically save on the overhead of an operating computer: power, heat, noise, form factor. Additionally, when implemented well, they are easy to use and maintain. With that said, I own both a Buffalo Drivestation and Netgear ReadyNas, and adamantly recommend the Netgear ReadNas.

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