On Monday Austin, Texas-based Buffalo Technology launched the DriveStation DDR, a USB 3.0-based external storage solution that combines an HDD with the company's MegaCache Accelerator in a single enclosure. This new external drive is available now at select retailers nationwide for a starting price of $139.99 USD.
According to Buffalo, the MegaCache Accelerator is a 1 GB DDR3 RAM system that caches data as it's transferred to automatically boost performance for transfer speeds up to 408 MB/s. That's 2.3x faster than USB 3.0 hard drives and more than 10x faster than USB 2.0, the company claims.
"Buffalo has developed the perfect solution for consumers that demand fast storage performance, but don't want to sacrifice drive capacity," said Hajime Nakai, chief executive officer at Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc. "We designed and built the DriveStation DDR to deliver the performance of an SSD coupled with up to three terabytes of storage, giving consumers the best of both technologies at an affordable price."
DriveStation DDR features a sleek, black high-gloss chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally. It also comes packed with Buffalo's Backup Utility to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external HDD. Additional supplied tools include SecureLock for complete data encryption, and RAMDISK which creates a RAM disk on Windows PCs.
"The benefits of DriveStation DDR are automatic. Simple plug-and-play installation requires no advanced setup and no special software or drivers are required to operate at near SSD speeds," the company said. "It is compatible with Windows and Mac devices and it can be used at top speeds with other popular consumer electronic devices that support USB 3.0, such as media players and gaming devices."
The DriveStation DDR is now available for $139.99 for 2 TB (HD-GD2.0U3) and $179.99 for 3 TB (HD-GD3.0U3).