An affordable network drive with RAID and good Mac support
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.