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Buffalo DriveStation Axis 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - HD-LB3.0TU3

3.5 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
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3 TB
  • USB 3.0 supports backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • Horizontal and vertical form factor for flexible desktop positioning
  • Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box with Windows or Mac
  • Works with PC (NTFS and HFS+ support) and Mac
  • Increases file transfer rates up to 4 X over competive USB 2.0 hard drives
  • Allows for quiet operation, perfect for home media centers and game rooms
  • Includes Buffalo's Backup Utility
  • ECO Manager conserves energy and battery power
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Technical Details

Size: 3 TB
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Product Description

Size: 3 TB

Product Description

Buffalo's DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive HD-LBU3 is an easy to use solution for the addition of external storage to any device using a USB port. It features a sleek, attractive chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally, adapting to the location it is used in for efficient use of space. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 works with almost any PC or Mac computer and provides interface speeds up to 5 Gbps. It comes equipped with Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich suite of tools designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows PC consumers: boost transfer speeds by up to 4X over USB 2.0, conserve energy and battery consumption and perform PC backups. DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 is the perfect solution for expanding storage or backing up your computer.

From the Manufacturer

Buffalo Technology DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LBU3 (black)


DriveStation™ HD-LBU3
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Flexible Positioning
  • Quiet, fan-less design
  • Up to 4X faster with TurboPC
  • Buffalo Tools Suite

Buffalo's DriveStation Axis™ USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LBU3 is an easy to use solution for the addition of external storage to any device using a USB port. DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 features a sleek, attractive chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally for efficient use of space. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 works with almost any PC or Mac® computer and provides interface speeds up to 5 gigabits per second. It comes equipped with Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich suite of tools designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows® PC consumers. With TurboPC, users can boost file transfer performance by up to 4X over competing USB 2.0 hard drives, conserve energy and battery consumption by utilizing ECO Manager and perform PC backup with the easy to use Backup Utility. DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 is the perfect solution for expanding storage or backing up your computer.

Adaptable Positioning


Flexible Positioning

Designed to fit anywhere, the DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 can be positioned either vertically or horizontally for ultimate flexibility. The sleek, attractive chassis adapts to its location and looks great on a desk or as part of a home entertainment system. A fanless design keeps the DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 quiet.

 

SuperSpeed


USB 2.0 Compatibility

The DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 backward compatible with USB 2.0 enabled desktop computers and notebooks. Simply plug the cable into the USB 2.0 port and you are connected – no additional hardware is required.

SuperSpeed USB offers maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps*, an amazing 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

 

TurboPC


TurboPC Enhancement

Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 4X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives. TurboPC also includes TurboCopy which draws on additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.

 

Buffalo Tools


Backup and Manage Your Data with Buffalo Tools!

Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on many Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation storage products. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.

Buffalo's Backup Utility: An easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.

eco Manager: Energy efficiency tool conserves energy and reduces battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.

RAMDISK: A simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC which creates a small, but extremely fast environment to work on files in.

SecureLock: Windows software that provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0: Provides accelerated access and interface speeds up to 5 Gbps*
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0: Support for legacy USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed 3.0
  • Adaptable Positioning: Can be placed either horizontally or vertically for ultimate flexibility and efficient use of space
  • Connect & Go: Ready to use out of the box – no drivers or formatting needed
  • Works with PC and Mac: Connect to your computer for additional storage or backup of your music, photo, video and data files
  • Buffalo Tools: Feature rich software tools designed to enhance performance and backup your files
  • Fanless Design: Allows for quiet operation, perfect for home media centers and game rooms
  • TurboPC: Enhance overall performance of your Windows PC and increase file transfer rates up to 180% over competing USB 2.0 hard drives
  • Time Machine® Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer
  • eco Manager: Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption

The DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LBU3 is backed by a one-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support.

What's in the Box

DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Quick Setup Guide, USB 3.0 Cable, AC Adapter, Warranty Statement



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Product Information

Size:3 TB
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 1.5 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 2.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
Department Storage Devices
Manufacturer BUFFALO
ASIN B004UAK1Q4
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number HD-LB3.0TU3
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,687 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 29, 2011

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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
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Review of the Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 3TB External Hard Drive
I have always been impressed with Buffalo products. And the 3TB USB 3.0 DriveStation Axis was no exception. The unit is well packed and arrived to me in perfect condition from Amazon.com. I plugged it in and Windows 7 identified and installed it right away. In no time flat I was ready to rock and roll with this unit.
This is the first self-contained USB 3.0 external hard drive I have purchased. I was greatly impressed by its file transfer speeds. When transferring a 3.5 TB ISO file this unit moved the file in only fifty-two seconds (0:00:52.00)! A USB 3.0 external hard drive dock by USPEED moved the same file in one minute and forty seconds (0:01:40.00). At ESATA speeds using the same USPEED dock the file transferred at one minute and nine seconds (0:01:09.00). USB 2.0 transfer of the same file using a Roswell external hard drive enclosure took two minutes and four seconds (0:02:04.00). By far the Buffalo 3TB USB 3.0 DriveStation out performed them all.
One thing I discovered is that my PC would not properly recognize the Buffalo DriveStation and another external USB 3.0 unit at the same time when plugged into my USB 3.0 hub. Plugging in directly to the USB 3.0 port on the computer the unit worked fine while the other unit was plugged into the hub and plugged into the hub itself without the other unit it performed fine as well.
When I purchased the unit I paid $129.99 in early September 2012 from Amazon.com. It is now early October 2012 and the unit is going for $148.66 on Amazon.com. That is still a good deal for a device that performs very well. I would expect that the 1 TB, 2 TB and the 4 TB models will perform equally well. Amazon has them all available for sale.
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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I bought this solely for the purpose of being an external hard drive for my WiiU gaming system. Opened it, plugged it in to the WiiU and clicked format on the WiiU settings screen, and it was done in a few seconds. Already downloaded a few games and apps on it, and have had zero issues thus far. Very happy with this purchase.
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
This is my 2nd Buffalo drive, and both have worked flawlessly. I have had horrible luck with external drives, receiving DOA drives from Samsung, flakey drives from Simpletech and two NAS enclosures that never worked on my network. It's been a bloody nightmare with lots of wasted money. Two years ago I bought a 2.5" external Buffalo drive for Time Machine use for my parents, and there has not been a single problem. I just bought this 2TB monster last month for the same purpose and again, not a single problem. Mounts every time and stays mounted. It's small and quiet, and I forget I have it on, which is how something as mundane as an external HD should be.
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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I bought two of the 3TB version of these hard drives for storing home videos and pictures, and they have done a great job of staying cool, quiet, and are quite quick as well! I have not have any problems connecting them to a PC running Vista 64bit (initially) or a Mac - Snow Leopard. I formatted them for usage on a Mac and have MacDrive to access that partition via PC, again without any problems or errors. I've used them for about a month now without a single worry, error, or problem and can report that they work as expected and would be a great purchase for anyone looking for one.

Pros:

+Quiet (even the fan in the rear is quiet; may not move much air, but does the job of #2, below)
+Runs cool --- stays cool over some extended use periods I've tried them with.
+Quick to come back from sleep without problems
+Transfer speed is very good.

Cons:

-No power button. Many other drives use/have this "feature," so it's not uncommon.
-Preferred mounting is vertical. The base isn't wide enough to prevent it from falling over if there is any shaking on the surface.

Will update more later, but just wanted to give an initial evaluation. I highly recommend them, as so few externals have fans now, and these do a great job!
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
Purchased for backup after my SECOND Western Digital hard drive failure in 4 months. Also purchased a 3.0 PCI card to take advantage of the increased speed. No provided software was installed; I use my own backup software. Installed in 04/2011 on a Windows Server x64 bit Workstation and haven't had an issue since - it just works.
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
Like Steve jobs said about his Apple tv 2g, It's cool, silent & small. For 2TB it is small & it's fan-less. Love the drive. Sleeps when not in use. I format it to HFS+ for my Apple Airport extreme base station. It works flawless, with no issues. As i am using it as a wireless drive on my network, so i like it the performance. Looks really cool in jet black color. It has usb 3.0 which i haven't use it yet because i don't have laptop with usb 3.0. But i am sure buffalo is good at it. Definitely recommend it.
Price = 5 star
performance= 5 star
silent= 5 star
cool= 5 star
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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased one of these about 18 months ago. It sat in a cool spot with my equipment in a room in my basement, and wasn't turned off and on a whole lot. The drive suddenly became full of bad blocks and is now useless. Turns out the warranty is only one year. Needless to say I won't be buying any more of these, nor will I recommend them to my customers.
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