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The Buffalo DriveStation DDR is impressively fast.Editor Dong Ngo shows how he is totally impressed by the Buffalo DriveStation DDR.
If you've been looking through Thunderbolt to improve the speed of your external storage system stuff, I have something here that is much cheaper. I'm Dong Ngo and this is the Dish Station DDR from Buffalo. Now, this is a desktop external hard drive and it looks like one. On the back here, it has one USB 3.0 port and a power port on the front, it has 2-indicator light. One for the power and one the other for the data activities. And that's it, very conventional. But what's different is on the inside. Apart from the hard drive, it also come with one gigabyte of DDR 3 System Memory for caching. Now, this is the same type of system memory used in computer and when the caching is turned on, this drive here offer amazingly fast speed. In fact, it's faster than many advanced Thunderbolt storage systems. Now, to demonstrate how fast it is, let me tell you this. I'm a very hard to impress person. In fact, I have never been impressed before I think. But today, I had to look at myself in the mirror and admit it to myself that, oh, God, I was totally impressed. That's how fast it is. Now, using system memory as cache is one catch, and that is if the power goes out unexpectedly, you will lose some data. But hey, a lot of things can go wrong if the power goes out unexpectedly. For example, you have to stop watching this video right now and that would be devastating. Now, the good news is the Buffalo drive here is quite affordable costing just $140 for 2-terabyte or $180 for 3 terabytes. About the same price as other regular drive of the same capacity. So, if you're on a market for a new drive and your desktop supports USB 3.0, this is the drive to get. In fact, get two for vital purposes. For more details with number and how fast this drive is, check out the full review at cnet.com. And to find out how hard it is to impress me, follow me on Twitter or Facebook or Google Plus. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo, and I look like this one I'm impressed. And this has been the first look at the Dish Station DDR from Buffalo. Now, you get ready to be blown away.