Buffalo NEW DriveStation Duo

Dual SATA drives offer consumers and SME/SOHOs redundancy in plug-and-play external storage

London, UK, 26th September 2006 - Buffalo Technology has today launched its DriveStation Duo USB 2.0/FireWire external hard drive. This latest addition to the DriveStation family comes equipped with two drives offering RAID 1 full data redundancy for home and small business (SOHO/SME) users. The DriveStation Duo is available in capacities of 500GB (HD-W500IU2/R1), 800GB (HD-W800IU2/R1), 1.0TB (HD-W1.0TIU2/R1) and 1.5TB (HD-W1.0TIU2/R1).

The DriveStation Duo is the first Buffalo storage device to feature both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces. It incorporates configurable RAID 1 (Mirroring) for improved reliability and full capacity spanning modes for maximum capacity. It also comes with a Windows® RAID utility to easily change RAID modes. For increased storage capacity, the DriveStation Duo includes two high performance SATA drives, delivering speeds of 7200rpm for improved speed and reliability.

“Having a plug-and-play direct-attached storage device equipped with RAID 1 is a big step for Buffalo because it offers our users full redundancy of data,” stated Gerardine Lynch, product marketing manager at Buffalo Technology. “RAID 1 in a two-disk product essentially means no data will be lost if one of the disks fails, and users can still operate the product during the rebuilding process. The DriveStation Duo not only provides continuous backup of the other disk but is a quick and easy way to store, access and transfer your music, photos, videos and other important files.”

The DriveStation Duo includes Secure Lock Ware, a security software tool that secures the device or selected files/folders using 256 bit AES encryption. This, along with backup software from Memeo™, delivers improved backup options, including regular system backup, scheduled backup and password protection.

Like the rest of the DriveStation range, the DriveStation Duo offers three automatic features for user-friendly operation: The Auto Setup function ensures quick, easy and driverless installation*; the Auto Power-On feature allows it to associate with the power of the attached computer and automatically power-on or off; and the Auto Backup feature enables customised backup scheduling to protect data.

The DriveStation line of storage devices can be used as backup drives to Buffalo’s other Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, including the LinkStation Home Server, LinkStation Pro, TeraStation Home Server and TeraStation Pro.

Backed by a limited two-year warranty, the DriveStation Duo will be available from October in capacities of 500GB, 800GB, 1.0TB and 1.5TB. Current estimated street prices (ex VAT) are as follows:

500GB - HD-W500IU2/R1 £135.99
800GB - HD-W800IU2/R1 £254.99
1.0TB - HD-W1.0TIU2/R1 £279.99
1.5TB - HD-W1.5TIU2/R1 £509.99

Link to Buffalo Technology.