DriveStation™ USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
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DriveStation™ USB 3.0 - HD-HXU3

DriveStation™ USB 3.0 HD-HXU3 is the next generation of Buffalo’s high speed external storage. SuperSpeed USB offers maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps*, an amazing 10 times faster than USB 2.0.  Ideal for editing and management of bandwidth intensive programs such as CAD or video editing software, the new DriveStation USB 3.0 can store thousands of music, video, photo and data files at lightning fast speed.

The DriveStation USB 3.0 storage solution is backward-compatible with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks, and will work with all future USB 3.0 models. Equipped with the powerful Buffalo Tools suite of software, DriveStation USB 3.0 is an extremely high performance and feature-rich storage solution.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 : Provides accelerated file access and interface rates of up to 5 Gbps*
Compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0: Support for legacy USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed 3.0
Hardware Disk Encryption for Windows®: Optional 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access
Connect and Go: Preformatted hard drive is ready to use out of the box - no drivers to install
Easy Logon for Windows: SecureLock can remember your password on your computer for automatic logon
Faster Transfer Rates: TurboPC increases Windows PC file transfer rates by up to 50% over competing USB 3.0 hard drives
Intelligent Temperature Control: Variable speed fan adjusts speed based on the internal temperature of the hard drive to keep the unit cool and prolongs its life span
Eco Manager: Eco-minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption
Back Up Your Files: Buffalo’s Backup Utility automatically backs up your PCs, protecting your data
Memeo™ AutoBackup software for PCs and Mac computers Included
Time Machine® Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer® : Connects to your computer for additional storage or backup of your music, photo, video and data files

*5 Gbps is the maximum interface rate derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 and the ExpressCard. Actual transfer rate will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rate, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors. For USB 3.0 transfer speeds, a USB 3.0 interface card (IFC-PCIE2U3 or IFC-EC2U3/UC) or USB 3.0 port is required. IFC-PCIE2U3 and IFC-EC2U3/UC are sold separately.
SuperSpeed USB offers maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps*, an amazing 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

USB 2.0 Compatibility
The DriveStation USB 3.0 storage solution is 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. With a variety of capacities available, the DriveStation HD-HXU3 with SuperSpeed USB gives users the ability to quickly back-up massive amounts of important data and other digital assets across multiple platforms and USB interfaces.

Upgrade Your Computer to USB 3.0
In conjunction with the SuperSpeed USB DriveStation, Buffalo has released two interface card adapters for an instant USB 3.0 upgrade. The USB 3.0 PCI Express Interface Card IFC-PCIE2U3 for PCs and the USB 3.0 ExpressCard Adapter IFC-EC2U3/UC for laptops allow users to upgrade their computers to utilize SuperSpeed USB technology for the fastest USB data transfer speeds ever. Plus, each adapter card has two USB 3.0 ports for two simultaneous SuperSpeed connections.
TurboPC Enhancement
Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 50% over competing USB 3.0 hard drives.

Back up 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.
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
Standard Compliance USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Number of Ports 1 USB
Interface Rates Max. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0 Mode), Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0 Mode)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.8 x 6.8 x 6.1 in
Weight 2.4 lbs
Power Consumption (Watts) 24 W (Max)
Operating Environment (Fahrenheit) 41-95°
Client OS Support Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows Server® 2003*, Windows Server® 2008*, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.7*
Power Supply AC 100-240V 50/60 Hz
*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported in these operating systems, some included utilities may not work.
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Can I use the DriveStation USB 3.0 HD-HXU3 as USB backup for LinkStation or TeraStation?

DriveStation USB 3.0 HD-HXU3 cannot be used as USB backup for LinkStation or TeraStation network storage solutions. However, there are many other Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation models that can be used as USB backup for LinkStation and TeraStation.

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
TXT 1.31 KB
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2012-04-16 1.12 Windows Readme for HD-HXU3 updater
ZIP 280.12 KB
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2012-04-16 1.12 Windows Firmware updater for HD-HXU3.  BACK UP YOUR UNIT BEFORE UPDATING.  THIS UPDATE WILL ERASE THE CONTENTS OF YOUR DRIVE.  BuffaloTools are installed on a CD-drive partition on your unit.
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 2.96 MB
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2009-12-03 1.00   Manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 72.60 MB
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2009-12-03 1.00 Windows Software for the drive.
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 4.97 MB
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Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 31.86 KB
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2009-12-03 1.00   Replacement icon file.
Instructions included in the readme file.