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Buffalo DriveStation Quad USB 3.0

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RAID 0, 5, 10 and JBOD supported

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SuperSpeed USB 3.0 @ 235MB/s

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Windows Server 2003/2008 and NovaBackup Business Essentials included

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The DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 is a four drive SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external hard drive from Buffalo Technology capable of transfer speeds of up to 235MB per second, twice as fast as USB 2.0. Since the new USB protocol has double the connections as USB 2.0 and can transfer information in two directions at once, it effectively increases available bandwidth as well, although it remains compatible with USB 2.0 connections. Both 4 and 8 terabyte versions are available (4 x 1TB drives or 4 x 2TB drives) and they are configured in RAID 5 formation which is optimal for both write speed and backup recovery in case of drive failure. It also supports the most basic RAID 0 which involves no data backup and therefore full use of space on all drives, RAID 10 which is similar to RAID 5 but with emphasis on faster read speeds and JBOD or 'just a bunch of disks' which may be configured in any number of ways. Heavy duty cooling system is built in which is necessary when housing multiple SATA drives and the front plate snaps off so you can quickly exchange drives. Since this is aimed at professional small server applications a host of software is included such as NovaBACKUP Business Essentials for Windows PCs, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and Microsoft Exchange and SQL. Also released in January 2011 is the DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 which comes with the same software and has similar transfer speeds albeit in a two drive case. These drives are preformatted for Windows computers but can be formatted for use with Macintosh Time Machine.

Features

4TB (4 x 1TB) - Model# HD-QL4TU3R5

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Heavy duty cooling system
  • Removable front plate
  • 235MB/s transfer rate
  • Server software: NovaBACKUP Business Essentials, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Microsoft Exchange, SQL
  • Buffalo Tools software: SecureLock, TurboPC, TurboCopy, ECO Manager, RAMDISK, Buffalo Backup
  • Manufacturer Price: $629.99

8TB (4 x 2TB) - Model# HD-QL8TU3R5

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Heavy duty cooling system
  • Removable front plate
  • 235MB/s transfer rate
  • Server software: NovaBACKUP Business Essentials, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Microsoft Exchange, SQL
  • Buffalo Tools software: SecureLock, TurboPC, TurboCopy, ECO Manager, RAMDISK, Buffalo Backup
  • Manufacturer Price: $1199.99
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