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Buffalo hits the turbo button on its hard drives

Buffalo announces enhanced versions of its MiniStation and DriveStation hard drive families that make data transfers over USB faster.

The DriveStation gets a boost from Turbo USB. Buffalo Technology

Buffalo Technologies announced today enhanced versions of its MiniStation and DriveStation product lines that allow for faster data transfers over USB. The proprietary Turbo USB feature operates at the controller level to increase data throughput between 30 percent and 60 percent, according to Buffalo. Because the Turbo USB utility resides on the drive itself, you should be able to benefit from the speed increase while plugged into any PC.

The MiniStation comes in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, and 250GB capacities. It has built-in shock-resistant technology, which can be crucial for portable drives that are likely to be dropped. The USB cable is permanently attached and wraps around the edges of the drive for storage--another thoughtful design touch on a portable drive. Prices for the MiniStation range from $100 to $220 and will be available at the end of August.

The DriveStation comes in capacities of 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB. It comes loaded with SecureLockWare software, which password-protects the drive. Drives start at $130 and go up to $500 for the 1TB drive. These will be available at the beginning of September.