HD-PGDU3

Ultra fast 2.5`` portable HDD with 1GB DRAM cache / USB 3.0 Storage

HD-PGDU3

Buffalo’s MiniStation™ DDR is an easy to use, high performance USB 3.0 desktop hard drive that offers ultra fast transfer speeds, comparable to SSD. Combining the high capacity of an HDD with 1 GB of DRAM cache, MiniStation™ DDR provides SSD-like performance. Perfect for any PC or Mac®, it’s compatible with DRAM cache LED to clearly express caching. MiniStation™ DDR is the perfect solution for easily expanding storage or backing up your computer with ultra fast file transfers.

1TB (black) / HD-PGD1.0U3B

World's fastest portable HDD with DRAM cache *1

High-speed technologies with a high-capacity 1 GB DRAM cache achieve copy speeds approximately 3.7 times faster than conventional drives, making the HD-PGDU3 the world's fastest (*1) portable hard drive.

< Measurement Environment>
[PC] SONY SVJ202AJ/CPU: Intel Core i3 3217U 1.8 GHz/Memory: DDR3 8GB/OS: Windows 8.1/Internal HDD: HTS545050A7E380; [HDD] HD-PGD1.0U3B USB 3.0 portable hard drive with DRAM cache, conventional HD-PA256TU3S USB3.0 SSD, and conventional HD-PNF1.0U3-BB USB3.0 hard disk drive

The HD-PGD1.0U3B, HD-PA256TU3S and HD-PNF1.0U3-BB were connected to a PC equipped with a USB 3.0 port, and the speed of sequential writes (data size: 1,000 MB) was measured using "Crystal Disk Mark 3.0.3" (as tested by BUFFALO, May 2014). * Transfer speeds may vary widely depending on the number and size of files transferred, type of access, and other usage environment factors.

*1 Refers to portable HDDs equipped with single 2.5" hard disk (as tested by BUFFALO, May 2014)

The HD-PGDU3 vastly shortens the time needed to save and copy data, reducing stress while increasing work efficiency.
Even huge amounts of data are copied ultra-fast. We especially recommend this for users working with high-resolution photo, video, and other data-intensive files and those who frequently need to back up work documents and other critical files.

< Measurement Environment>
[PC] GIGABYTE Z77MX-D3HTH/CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 3770K (3.50 GHz)/Memory: DDR3 4GB/OS: Windows 8 64bit/Internal SSD: THNSH512GCST; [HDD] HD-PGD1.0U3B USB 3.0 portable hard drive with DRAM cache, conventional HD-PA256TU3S USB3.0 SSD, and conventional HD-PNF1.0U3-BB USB 3.0 hard disk drive

The HDD was connected to the PC's USB port and 200 5-MB JPEG files stored on the computer's internal SSD were then copied to the HDD. The time required from start to completion of copying was measured, with data copied to the HD-PGD1.0U3B via a USB 3.0 connection with the DRAM cache enabled and "TurboPC EX" software Speed mode on, to the HD-PA256TU3S with no USB 3.0 software, and to the HD-PNF1.0U3-BB with USB 3.0 with the "TurboPC EX" software Speed mode off. (As tested by BUFFALO, May 2014)

* Measured values were obtained in a specific test environment; this does not necessarily guarantee similar results can be achieved in all operating environments.

The latest technology for the fastest writing

1. Speeds up writing "DRAM Cache"

DRAM cache is a technology that routes data sent from the PC to the HDD via high-speed DRAM to increase data write speeds.
The HD-PGDU3's high-capacity DRAM cache enables you to write data even faster.

2. More efficient data transfers "TurboPC EX"

Using "TurboPC EX" Speed Mode increases efficiency in transferring data from the computer to the hard disk drive, thereby reducing the time needed in copying the data.

3. 10 times faster than USB 2.0. "USB 3.0" Interface

The HD-PGDU3's USB 3.0 interface features a maximum transfer speed (standard value) of 5 Gbps. This is more than ten times faster than the 480 Mbps transfer rate available with conventional USB 2.0.

Also Faster on Macs

Even with Macs, which cannot utilize the "TurboPC EX" package, the DRAM cache still allows faster copying than with previous hard drives.

< Measurement Environment>
[PC] MacBook Pro 10.1 (MC975J/A), Processor: Intel (R) Core i7 (2.3 GHz), RAM: DDR3 8GB; OS: OS X 10.9.2/[HDD] HD-PGD1.0U3B USB 3.0 portable hard drive with DRAM cache, conventional HD-PA256TU3S USB3.0 SSD, and conventional HD-PNF1.0U3-BB USB 3.0 hard disk drive

The HD-PGD1.0U3B, HD-PA256TU3S, and HD-PNF1.0U3-BB were connected to the computer via a USB 3.0 connection, and the sequential write speeds were measured using the "Blackmagic Disk Speed Test" benchmarking software. (As tested by BUFFALO, May 2014)

* Measured values were obtained in a specific test environment; this does not necessarily guarantee similar results can be achieved in all operating environments.

Cache meter LEDs light according to the amount of data

When data is being written, the cache LEDs indicate the amount of data currently held in the cache. Each light corresponds to 250 MB of the cache's capacity, with four lights indicating the cache's full 1 GB is used.

Portable, compact design

The HD-PGDU3's hard disk is small and compact, making it extremely convenient for sharing data with friends or transferring data at work. Use it while away from the home or office—it's so compact, you'll hardly notice it in your bag or purse.

Relax—even when rushed

With the world's fastest write speeds, the HD-PGDU3 can rapidly write up to 1 GB of data to the cache. Even when you're in a hurry, the world's fastest write speeds shortens the wait.
* Do not disconnect the cable while the access light is lit.

Convenient, easy-to-use software

3 modes increase efficiency in writing data to the portable HDD

TurboPC EX features three modes: "Save mode," which compresses the data, "Speed mode" for high-speed writing, and "Balance mode," automatically selects Save mode or Speed mode based on the type of file being copied.

Reduces time for backups

When the drive is in standby with no data transferred for a specified period of time, the software spins down and stops the drive and switches it to "Energy-Saving Mode." This "Energy-Saving Mode" provides tremendous savings in power consumption as compared with normal standby (idling).

Simple and easy formatting

This software allows you to format hard disks and other drives simply and easily.

Protects your critical data from unauthorized access

"SecureLockMobile" is a downloadable encryption software
solution. Saving important files and folders are in the
"encrypted box" hides the existence of the data itself, preventing destruction and theft of data due to viruses and unauthorized persons.*
* Cases are theoretical. Feature does not necessarily protect against all attempts at leaking, destroying, or infecting data through viruses or from all attacks attempting unauthorized access.
* Supported for Windows only.

Hardware Overview

Dimensions

Model

Name HD-PGDU3

Color Variation & Drive Capacity

Crystal Black 1TB (black) / HD-PGD1.0U3B
Aquamarine Blue -
Ruby Red -
Rose Quartz -
Crystal Silver -
Champagne Topaz -
Pink -
White -
Yellow -

Internal Hard Drives

Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA II

USB Interface

Standard Compliance USB 3.0
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: Max. 5 Gbps

Key Feature

Feature HDD with 1GB of DRAM cache
SSD-like performance

OS Support

Variety Windows® 8.1/8 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64bit), Mac OS® X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7*
*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work. The HDD default format is NTFS; to work with Mac, reformat the HDD using Mac Disk Utility.

Other

Dimensions (LxWxH, mm) 133 × 81 × 18 mm
Weight 200 g
Operating Environment 5-35°C
Power Supply 20-85% (Non-Condensing)
Warranty 3 Year

Package Contents

Contents MiniStation™ DDR HD-PGDU3
USB 3.0 cable (50cm)
Quick Setup Guide
Warranty Statement

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