DriveStation DDR
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DriveStation DDR
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DriveStation DDR
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DriveStation DDR
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DriveStation™ DDR

Buffalo's DriveStation™ DDR is a 1-drive high performance USB 3.0 desktop attached storage device that offers ultrafast transfer speeds, comparable to SSD. Combining the high capacity of an HDD with the performance of DDR3 RAM, DriveStation DDR utilizes 1 GB of DRAM cache for blazing fast transfers, up to 408 Mbps. DriveStation DDR is the perfect solution for easily expanding storage or backing up your computer with fast file transfers.

  • 1 GB of DRAM cache for transfer speeds up to 2.3x faster than USB 3.0
  • USB 3.0 offers universal connectivity for PC and Mac® computers
  • Schedule automatic backups for your PC with Buffalo Backup Utility
  • Time Machine® support offers scheduled backups for protecting Mac computer
  • Sleek chassis can be positioned vertically or horizontally for efficient use of space

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megacache accelerator MEGACACHE ACCELERATOR

DriveStation DDR includes a 1 GB DRAM cache system to greatly accelerate file transfer performance - up to 2.3x
faster! MegaCache Accelerator offers automatic enhancements with plug-and-play setup, with no utilities or special software to install.


easy to use storage EASY TO USE STORAGE

With terabytes of storage, DriveStation DDR provides a reliable, easy to use storage solution to quickly expand the capacity of your PC and Mac computers with universal USB 3.0 plug-and-play.

easy scheduled backup EASY SCHEDULED BACKUP

DriveStation DDR is perfect for backing up your important files. Disaster and hard drive failures can occur unexpectedly;
don't leave your important files and treasured memories in the hands of chance. Schedule regular backups for your PC with Buffalo Backup Utility or use Time Machine for your Mac. Protect all of your data, down to the last byte.

unique form fits anywhere FLEXIBLE POSITIONING

DriveStation DDR features a sleek, attractive chassis that can be positioned vertically or horizontally for efficient use of space. Stand it upright on your home office desktop or lay it flat below your TV as part of your media center.

buffalo tools BUFFALO TOOLS

Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on the Buffalo DriveStation DDR. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows® PCs.

  • Buffalo's Backup Utility is a 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 is an energy efficiency tool used to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.
  • TurboPC includes two components to enhance file transfer performance with external hard drives. It also includes TurboCopy which provides additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.
  • SecureLock software for Windows® provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gbps
Hard Drive Sizes 2 TB, 3 TB
USB Interface
Standards Compliance USB 3.0 / 2.0
Data Transfer Rates 5 Gbps* (USB 3.0)
480 Mbps* (USB 2.0)
Connector Type Micro B
Number of Ports 1
* 480 Mbps and 5 Gbps are the maximum transfer rates derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 and 3.0. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 8 x 1.8 x 5 in
Weight 2.2 lbs
Power Consumption Max 18W
Power Supply AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Client OS Support Windows® 10
Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® XP
Mac OS® X 10.5 or later*

*The HDD default format is NTFS; to work with Mac, reformat the HDD using Mac Disk Utility. Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work.

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Do I need any software to use my MiniStation or DriveStation?

Buffalo external USB storage devices do not require any software to use as an external hard drive in Windows or Mac. The Buffalo Tools suite of software is optional software that provides performance enhancing technologies, backup, and encryption amongst other features. To use these features, software components must be used.

Do I need to format my DriveStation or MiniStation before I can use it?

All Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation products come preformatted and are ready to use. It can also be reformatted to NTFS or HFS+ easily from any Windows® or Mac computer.

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 355.72 KB
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2014-02-03 1.00 Windows

Firmware update for HD-GDU3 DriveStation DDR

NOTE: This update is critical to prevent failure of the drive!

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 1.00 KB
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2013-06-03 1.01 Windows Readme for DriveNavigator 1.01 for HD-GDU3 (Windows)
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 12.17 MB
Serial Number Required »
2016-09-20 1.40 Windows TurboPC EX
ZIP 87.47 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-06-03 1.01 Windows DriveNavigator for HD-GDU3 Version 1.01 (Windows)
ZIP 10.59 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-05-17 1.10 OS X Cache Control Tool for DriveStation DDR
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 834.00 B
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2016-09-20 1.40 Windows TurboPC EX Readme
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 2.94 MB
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2016-05-05     Hard Drive user manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 1.62 MB
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2014-03-04     Quick Setup Guide for HD-GDU3