Buffalo DriveStation External USB 3.0 Hard Drive HD-UX3
USB 3.0 is particularly welcome for external hard drives, with promises of treble the data transfer rate compared to USB 2.0
- USB 3.0
- You'll need a motherboard with USB 3.0 support for best results
The Buffalo DriveStation External USB 3.0 Hard Drive HD-UX3 achieved terrific transfer speeds, challenging the inherent maximum speed of the hard disk as much as an internal SATA bus. Based on these figures, you needn't wait a whole day to fill that huge 2TB drive. How does less than three hours sound?
After a long wait, we're now starting to see real USB 3.0 products in the wild, like this Buffalo DriveStation HD-UX3 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive. It's not a moment too soon.
USB 3.0 is particularly welcome for external hard drives, with promises of treble the data transfer rate compared to USB 2.0.
Given the way that affordable storage of incredible capacities has appeared in the last few years, USB 2.0 has proven to be a real bottleneck; it advertises 480 megabits per second (Mb/s) speeds - equivalent to 60 megabytes per second (MB/s) - but in reality USB 2.0 devices rarely even see half that speed.
Most USB drives we test in the lab average around 25MB/s; or closer to 20MB/s for writing.
Try and fill a 2TB hard disk, for instance, over a USB 2.0 link, and you're looking at around a 26 hour wait. Call us impatient, but we don't enjoy sitting around for over a day while we back up a full disk.
The Buffalo DriveStation External USB 3.0 Hard Drive HD-UX3 is the not-so-snappy name for our first sample of an external USB 3.0 drive. Thankfully, it proved much snappier at data transfer. In fact, unlike USB 2.0, it's practically as quick as the marketing promises.
The Buffalo DriveStation HD-UX3 is available in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities. Like previous DriveStations, the Buffalo DriveStation HD-UX3 takes a 7200rpm 3.5in hard disk in a black plastic case, and includes a tiny rear-vented fan for cooling. It remained reasonably quiet in use. Outboard power is required from a supplied wall wart-style DC plug.
After encountering a conflict between the necessary USB 3.0 Windows drivers and HD Tach 3, we focused on HD Tuner Pro 4.01 for benchmarking.
Our first PC test system used an add-on USB 3.0 PCI Express card, and ran Vista Home Premium 32-bit on an Intel Q6600 quad-core CPU. Here we recorded a read speed peak of 110MB/s, with a 104.9MB/s average. Writing speed tailed only slightly, at an average of 87.4MB/s.
Moving to a more up-to-date machine with an Asus motherboard that has built-in USB 3.0 support and was running Windows 7 64-bit we recorded even higher speeds - up a maximum 142MB/s read, and a 117MB/s average. Writing speeds weren't far behind, averaging 106MB/s. In all cases intrinsic average seek time was 13.9ms.
Join the newsletter!
Toys for Boys
MSI looks to add executive chic to a winning laptop formula
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 3a review: Less is more
- 2 Moto G7 review: The new gold standard for budget buyers
- 3 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
Latest News Articles
- Seagate's new portable SSDs are as colorful as they are compact
- Western Digital announces Australian release of travel-ready SSD
- Samsung give a new coat of paint (and a discount) to their T5 SSD
- Samsung introduce 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
- CES 2019: Seagate sharpen portable storage lineup
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Google Pixel 4 XL review (2019): Full Resolution
- Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Show Off
- iPhone 11 Pro review: Identical looks, superlative cameras
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies