Buffalo DriveStation Quattro review

  • £300

A Buffalo in both name and nature, the Quattro is a real beast of a drive unit

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Our Verdict

Full RAID options – at a price

For

  • Lots of storage. Robust build

Against

  • Quite expensive. Heavy
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This is a big, hefty drive weighing in at a whopping 5.8kg. The reason is that the chunky case holds no fewer than four separate hard drives equalling 1TB in size, which you can configure in various different modes via the USB connection.

Indeed, even though connection options include eSATA, you have to use USB for switching modes between RAID modes 0, 1 and 5, although the utility software for doing this is simple to use.

The drive's default mode is RAID 0, which gives you maximum capacity and performance, but without any redundancy, whereas mode 1 uses the third and fourth drives to automatically keep an exact copy of the first two. In our tests the drive was a little sluggish for writing data even in its fastest mode, although read speeds were about average.

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Tech Specs

OS requirementsMicrosoft Windows 98 Microsoft Windows ME Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 2003 Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Vista
Capacity1000
Internal/ExternalExternal
InterfacesUSB
Drive speed7200
Features1TB storage