Ter­aS­ta­tion 1200

An af­ford­able net­work drive with RAID and good Mac support

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Buf­falo Tech­nol­ogy, buf­falo-tech­nol­ogy.com Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, 1x USB 2.0 For­mats 128x87x205mm Weight 2.4Kg RAID 0, 1, JBOD Good price Easy to set up and use Time Ma­chine and iTunes

Its plain black cas­ing looks rather dull, but Buf­falo’s af­ford­able new Ter­aS­ta­tion 1200 caters well for Mac users.

Aimed at small busi­nesses and home of­fices, this dual-bay drive sup­ports RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes. We tested a model with two sep­a­rate 1TB drives that sells on­line for around £220, which is in line with sim­i­lar drives from com­pa­nies such as Western Dig­i­tal. If you need more stor­age you can go right up to £500 for a model with two 4TB drives. There’s also a USB 2.0 port for you to plug in an ex­ter­nal drive, along with Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net for con­nect­ing to your home or of­fice net­work.

In­stal­la­tion is very straight­for­ward: Buf­falo’s Nav­i­ga­tor soft­ware de­tects the Ter­aS­ta­tion on your net­work, and de­tailed con­fig­u­ra­tion is han­dled in a web browser. Buf­falo does a good job of sup­port­ing Mac users here, ex­plain­ing how to set up Time Ma­chine back­ups or iTunes Server.

By de­fault, the drive is for­mat­ted us­ing RAID 1 – ‘mir­rored’ to pro­vide du­pli­cate back­ups of your files – and when back­ing up my 20GB iTunes li­brary over my of­fice net­work the Ter­aS­ta­tion pro­vided write speeds of 31.25MB/s and read speeds of 45.5MB/s. This is fairly mod­est, but not too bad for a NAS/RAID drive in this price range, and the Ter­aS­ta­tion 1200 is a good op­tion for home work­ers and small busi­nesses that need RAID re­li­a­bil­ity rather than sheer speed. Cliff Joseph

It’s not the fastest drive around, but the Ter­aS­ta­tion pro­vides re­li­able backup at a com­pet­i­tive price.

Bor­ing to look at, but pro­vides re­li­able RAID backup and works well with Macs.

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