Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/16/buffalo_mac_hdd/

Buffalo targets Mac users with 1TB high-speed storage box

By James Sherwood

Posted in Hardware, 16th July 2007 10:31 GMT

Japanese peripherals maker Buffalo has developed an external HDD for the Mac that it claimed is able to offer better-than-USB data-transfer rates and a storage capacity ranging up to 1TB.

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Storage in style

The HD-MU2 series is also available in smaller-capacity, 320GB and 500GB versions, while its iMac-esque white casing will ensure it looks suitably attired when sitting next to your Apple.

The series connects via USB and has a built in "Turbo USB" function that, Buffalo claimed, will increase data-transfer rates by 33 per cent, compared to standard USB 2.0. Alas, it didn't say how this is achieved.

A fan-driven cooling unit is sold separately for the 320GB and 500GB models, but comes as standard with the 1TB version. The lower capacity models are cooled by heat-dissipation steel sheets on the hard drives' sides - basically a series of perforations that allow air to escape from the drive.

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Also available in Apple white

Buffalo’s HD-MU2 will be available in Japan later this month. The 320GB model costs ¥18,900 (£76/€112), while the 500GB and 1TB models cost ¥26,400 (£106/€157) and ¥61,500 (£247/€366) respectively. The separate fan retails for ¥2100 (£9/€12). No word has been given on a European release.