Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible, Inexpensive
Summary: I am sure this is a good product and it is top rated, but I am writing to alert consumers to compatibility issues (hence the 3 star rating from me). I wanted this external hard drive for my aging Dell computer with Windows 7. The PC works well in every other respect. I just wanted backup protection for family photos and files. It did not work and I returned it.
Did not work to clone another drive using Macrium Reflect
Cathleen C, Amazon
26 November 2013
Summary: I had intended to use this drive to clone another drive (running win 7). When I tried to clone the drive to the Buffalo 3T, I received an incompatability message dealing with sector sizes, source 512 v target 4096. This is a non-supported situation. I tried do do the same clone process with an XP machine and the error is the same. So while this could be a nice drive for general backups or file saving, it did not meet my needs. So it will go back today.
Summary: Purchased the Buffalo Drive Station which had great reviews. Received the 1st one...did not work. Sent the first one back & ordered another. The 2nd one did not work. Called the company & was told it may have been a bad batch & something the engineers will need to look at. Sent that one back & ordered for the 3rd time. The 3rd one worked! Hopefully it will last.
A little risky for backup, a little slow for performance
19 June 2013
Summary: Not getting the concept of this product. It is fast. After using it for a week, it is indeed fast for small files, 170-200 MB/s, about double a normal modern hard drive, but it slows down to more normal speeds when copying large files (like a 20 GB video file), probably because it overwhelms the cache. It is a little risky to use for backup. Data in the cache will not survive a power failure.
Excerpt: 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.