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Buffalo Ships DriveStation DDR HDD/RAM External Drive

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).

  • spentshells
    This looks like a really promising product. I still run computers with less ram than that.
    Hope it's available in Canada
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  • Super_Nova
    I would like to see a review of that here on TH.
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  • CarolKarine
    if I could change out the ram for an 8gb stick this would be amazing.
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  • alidan
    nice drive...
    sadly, it needs an internal battery that would last long enough to finidh the writes... call me paranoid
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  • juanc
    Sure will easily loose your data if a power outage or a sudden disconnection happens.
    How much does it take for it to dump the 1GB cache in case of disconnection?
    Quite unsafe, despite a great idea.
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  • nukemaster
    I think I trust the hybrid hdd/ssd more than this thing. Unless as others have said, it has a battery for power or disconnection protection.
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  • ddpruitt
    1 Gb of RAM takes a long time to flush to disk, what happens when the power goes off? or there's a connection problem?
    Great concept but someone didn't think this through, there's a reason drives aren't equipped with ginormous amounts of memory. I would only use it for stuff I don't care about or I have backed up elsewhere.
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  • halcyon
    For the paranoid...UPS?
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  • Super_Nova
    I would like to see a review of that here on TH.
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  • dalethepcman
    Many of the commenters here are reading it wrong. The cache is not read/write, its read cache. Power loss would dump the read cache, no data loss would occur as the original still exists on the drive. Increasing the ram to larger than 1GB could be beneficial though.
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