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Buffalo Ships High Capacity DriveStation DDR USB Hard Drive

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Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced that its DriveStation DDR, a high performance external USB 3.0 hard drive with 1 GB DDR3 RAM cache for accelerated transfer speeds, is available for purchase today at select retail partners. Ideal for a variety of users including tech enthusiasts, digital photographers and videographers and media buffs, DriveStation DDR offers extremely fast file transfers, comparable to SSD, with the high capacity and value of a traditional external HDD device.

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Benchmarks?
 

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swede: really fast for the first 1GB, regular speeds after that.
 
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So, if data is around 1GB, the "transfer time" is a few seconds, but not on the disk yet, so it needs to stay plugged in, negating initial speed?
 

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So, if data is around 1GB, the "transfer time" is a few seconds, but not on the disk yet, so it needs to stay plugged in, negating initial speed?
yeah.


if you're using this for digital files and such, as they mention in the release you could theoretically move that 1GB in about a second, epic speed.

but then the drive needs to be powered up to continue writing them at normal speeds.
 
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Huh, gimmick, then?
 

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Huh, gimmick, then?
it will certainly speed things up, but not for huge file transfers. biggest gains would be for lots of small files - if you're moving under 1GB of files, its gunna fly.
 
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They should've used that GB of RAM alongside a controller (ARM-based or otherwise) to manage (de)fragmentation seamlessly. Would've brought more actual performance and longevity boost than this burst of apparent speed (which it actually isn't).
 
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swede: really fast for the first 1GB, regular speeds after that.
EXACTLY this.

There has to be a "DO NOT TURN OFF" light on the drive while it writes out the cache.

It's basically this..

..over USB 3.0.

I don't see how this is good. Plug in external drive, copy file over VERY quickly, wait the same amount of time you would if it didn't have the DDR3 cache to flush said cache, power off drive and take with you.

..unless it has a battery and can clear cache on the move.
 
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It would have to be quite a battery to be able to keep the drive motor spinning and head moving and still manage to write out up to a Gigabyte of data with no write-speed guarantee of any kind...
 
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It would have to be quite a battery to be able to keep the drive motor spinning and head moving and still manage to write out up to a Gigabyte of data with no write-speed guarantee of any kind...
They only use a few watts surely a phone battery would do the trick
 
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And, this will only work one way. Reading from the disk won't benefit from the cache.

I was assuming this was a portable solution. Seems it should NOT be its primary use, but system expansion instead.
 

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They only use a few watts surely a phone battery would do the trick
you need to look up how much power batteries actually give out, and how little phones and such use.


this is designed for quick bursts of speed on a laptop or desktop - i mean really, if it takes 10 seconds to empty that cache, who the hell plugs a hard drive in for under 30 seconds anyway?
 
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you need to look up how much power batteries actually give out, and how little phones and such use.


this is designed for quick bursts of speed on a laptop or desktop - i mean really, if it takes 10 seconds to empty that cache, who the hell plugs a hard drive in for under 30 seconds anyway?
If the Vita can run for 4-5 hours on a 1.9W CPU + more, I'm sure we can run a 5w-6w hard drive for long enough to put down 1gb of information.
 
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your all thinking from the point of view where you are going to copy over and unplug immediately...

i see this being very useful for desktop use. copy your files over, its takes the load off the CPU quicker and therefore you can get back to doing PC things faster, like if your doing photoshop or CAD, now you don't have to wait forever for that file to save to get back to work.