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Convenience Storage By Buffalo And Toshiba

The Buffalo Mini Station Turbo USB 500 GB is one of the fastest portable USB 2.0 storage solutions, providing 33 MB/s read throughput on average and almost 27 MB/s write performance. However, USB 2.0 is a bottleneck, as all modern 2.5” hard drives reach at least 60 MB/s today.

The Toshiba Portable External Hard Drive averages around 30 MB/s read throughput and 27 MB/s write performance. Again, a faster interface would result in a diagram that starts at 60 MB/s and drops to around 35 MB/s towards the end of the medium.

Access time isn’t really an issue over USB, since the interface generates some overhead as well. However, the Toshiba drive is quicker, which matches the test results from our last 500 GB notebook hard drive roundup : these devices store a lot of data, but they aren’t quick to access it.

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    Anonymous , August 11, 2008 2:53 PM
    Actually, the Toshiba is available at $129. I know, I just bought one and I love it. And so does my Acer Aspire One.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2008 3:10 PM
    I bought one of the 320GB Toshiba drives a few months ago for $130 from Office Depot (or Max? one of the two). It's served me well and works like a champ. And I have to say, the convenience of not needing a power cable far outweighs (in my mind) the higher read speed of drives that do need a power cable.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2008 6:29 PM
    anyone knows the make of the drive inside the Buffalo's?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2008 2:56 AM
    I formatted my Toshiba hard drive like a moron and lost this installation file. Does anyone know where I can get it back? Any help will be appreciated!
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2008 2:36 AM
    I believe the drivers can be downloaded from the Toshiba site itself.

    Alternatively, if all else fails, you can also search Google for your installation file name, i'm sure it will be around.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2012 12:23 AM
    I have a Toshibe 320 GB external hard drive and the cable went bad, I need to replace it. I see the image of the cable on your web site. Please let me know if I can purchase it from you and the price. Thank you. Nadia