i-FlashDrive HD

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DriveStation DDR (2GB)

by Buffalo Technologies

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DS1

by Matrox

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Aegis Portable 3.0 (256GB SSD)

by Apricorn

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Price Best Price: $189.00
Best Price: $135.00
Pros
  • Much faster write speed than normal USB 3.0 hard drives
  • Plug and play
  • USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet connectivity
  • One-cable convenience
  • Fast (internal SATA 6Gbps interface)
  • USB 3.0 external interface, with cable
  • SSD version is very light
Cons
  • More expensive than the typical USB 3.0 drive
  • Single Thunderbolt port limits daisy-chaining options
  • Requires Mountain Lion
  • SSD version is expensive for its capacity
At A Glance

A handy device to have around for file transfers between iOS devices and between an iOS device and a Mac—if you are willing to pay the price.

If you're looking for a fast, capacious, not-too-expensive direct-attached backup drive, look no further: Buffalo's DriveStation DDR uses 1GB of DDR3 memory to dramatically enhance write performance.

The SSD versions of the Aegis Portable 3.0 offer far better write performance than the hard-drive models, and are lighter and more rugged. But they cost nearly four times as much.

Specs

Storage

Drives included   1.0    
Raid type   none    

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   USB 3.0 Gigabit ethernet|HDMI|Line In 1/8|Line Out 1/8|Thunderbolt|USB 2.0|USB 3.0  

Warranty

Warranty information     1 Year Limited Warranty