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Buffalo 3TB TeraStation Stores the World, Plays Nice on the Network

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Time marches on, drives get bigger, and Buffalo rolls out another TeraStation network attached storage (NAS) system, and now it's called the TeraStation Pro and inches up to 3TB. Last time we looked, Buffalo's biggest dick was 2TB long, and ran a cool $1999. Fast forward 10 months, and this 3TB model is $2183. Not too shabby—an extra terabyte for $184.

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The capacity diff here lies in those swappable drives, and instead of the four 500GB hard disks of its 2TB predecessor, now there are four 750GB hard disks ($695 each for spares) nestled inside. Techno-strap them altogether with RAID 1-5 for your choice of speed or data security, and they also support DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), that nascent industry attempt to make sense of drives and multimedia networking in the home.

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Take a look at one more beauty shot of the drive, plus one of the removable 750GB drives:

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Damn, 3TB is a lot of movies even when you're talking HD, and then swapping out those drives makes this config even more versatile. We'll take two.

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Buffalo teraStation pro 3TB [Akihabara News]

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I have the Infrant ReadyNAS NV+. It was a breeze to set up. It is a tad slow though, but it has this really great feature called X-RAID. X-RAID allows you to put in the disks you have today into a RAID 5 format, and then dynamically swap out any disk for a larger disk, dynamically (there's that word again) increasing the size of your RAID array without losing any data.

X-RAID example. I bought the unit from NxxEgg with no disks inside, stuffing the sausage with my own 320 GB drives. Great, I now have 840GB useful storage space. Now, when I get some scratch, I can swap out a 320 for a 750 and watch it rebuild without losing my data. I can then do that again and again until I have a new monster. Meanwhile I never had to back up my data or anything other than hot-swap some drives. Very Nice!