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The Buffalo HD-HU3 is a USB 3.0 compatible external hard drive released in October 2009.

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Pros

available with a USB3 port PCIe card to make use of the enhanced speed before the port becomes commonplace on new motherboards

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(Worlds first) USB 3.0 compliant for transfer speeds up to 3.7x that of USB 2.0

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backwards compatible with older USB 2.0 ports

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large capacities - from 1TB to 2TB

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Cons

glossy enclosure - fingerprint magnet

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USB 2.0 speeds were never fully utilized by a single external disk drive anyway! The bottleneck is the disk drive itself

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USB 3.0 is not found on any present day consumer hardware, PCIe card costs $60

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The Buffalo HD-HU3 is a USB 3.0 compatible external hard drive released in October 2009. It was in fact touted as the first ever USB 3.0 hard drive to ever be released. Since at the time most computers did not support USB 3.0, the HD-HU3 was released alongside NEC's IFC-PCIE2U3 2-port PCI Expressx1 host controller. The reasoning behind this was that a computer without a USB 3.0 port couldn’t use Buffalo’s new interface technology. And this new (at the time) interface allows for a speed 3.7x faster than the conventional USB 2.0 interface. Keep in mind that the HD-HU3 can still be used with a USB 2.0 port, but all the benefits of USB 3.0 technology will be sacrificed. 

Features
  • External Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Technology
  • USB 2.0 Backwards Compatibility
  • NEC's IFC-PCIE2U3 2-port PCI Expressx1 ($60 extra)
Model Variations
  • Buffalo HD-H1.0TU3 | 1TB ; $229.99
  • Buffalo HD-H1.5TU3 | 1.5TB ; $279.99
  • Buffalo HD-H2.0TU3 | 2TB ; $329.99
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