Buffalo 500GB Drive Station: Advanced Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive 3.5" External HDD 59.99 @ Play.com - HotUKDeals
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I saw this on play, it's the cheapest I have seen for a 500GB External Buffalo drive, good make and drive in my opinion.

Comes to £54.99 if you use the £5.00 off a £50 spend voucher and you can also go through quidco to get a little more off :-)

High Speed SATA Hard Disk Drive - 7200rpm
Auto power on, auto setup, auto back-up
Silent performance fanless design and heat sink body
Scheduled backups using professional software (memeo)
Secure Lock Ware drive encryption
Pre-formatted hard drive for immediate use
Auto Setup feature and stackable with optional fan unit
USB Interface
Standards Compliance USB Specification
Seek Time Max. 11 millisecond
Data Transmission Speed Max. 480 Mbps
Power Consumption Average 17W
Power Supply AC100-240V 50/60
Weight 1.27 kg
Dimensions 45 x 163 x 200 mm
Operating Environment 5-35°C, 20-80%
OS Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98SE

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#1
Can anyone tell me if this is a good drive? I'm very interested due to the silent operation and auto power on.

Also will it be Mac compatible?

Is it fast enough to stream media from? I know other drives have been criticised for slow access time. I'd be storing my music and movies on it (which are currently on my iMac) and streamed to my Apple TV.
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YoshimiMac
Can anyone tell me if this is a good drive? I'm very interested due to the silent operation and auto power on.

Also will it be Mac compatible?

Is it fast enough to stream media from? I know other drives have been criticised for slow access time. I'd be storing my music and movies on it (which are currently on my iMac) and streamed to my Apple TV.


If you go to this site:

http://www.buffalo-technology.com/products/external-drives/drivestation/drivestation/

you can see some more of the specs of the drive where it does say that it will work with a Mac.

It quotes the Data Transfer Rates as Max: 480 Mbps (High Speed Mode) and Max: 12 Mbps (Full Speed Mode) which I would have thought to be fast enough to stream media from. Sorry but I can't be more helpful than that as I don't use iMac and so don't have any experience with it.
banned#3
Thanks just bought it.
#4
YoshimiMac;2393620
Can anyone tell me if this is a good drive? I'm very interested due to the silent operation and auto power on.

Also will it be Mac compatible?

Is it fast enough to stream media from? I know other drives have been criticised for slow access time. I'd be storing my music and movies on it (which are currently on my iMac) and streamed to my Apple TV.

I've got two of these - it is quite good. There is no automatic spindown, so OS must be configured to take care of it.
As to streaming to Apple TV, if AppleTV can't stream from USB HDD then it is ****. I've got Buffalo drive connected to Slug and can stream to 3 network players at the same time (2xXBMC+PS2).

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