BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE SETUP, FORMAT AND TROUBLESHOOT

how to set up buffalo external hard drive

Buffalo external hard drive is one of the inexpensive and easy-to-use drives that come with a Bus Power Booster. It is an excellent selection for USB 1-drive storage and backup solution. This design of the drive is sleek and attractive. You can perform easy backup and managing the data stored on this drive is quite simple.

DESKTOP DRIVES - DRIVE STATION

01. DRIVE STATION QUAD

Buffalo’s DriveStation Quad is specially designed for small servers and creative professionals who prefer high-performance external storage hard drives. It comes with 4-drive and is RAID enabled. This Buffalo external hard drive is compatible with the Windows and Mac operating systems. It also supports scheduled backup using Time Machine on Mac.

02. DRIVE STATION DUO

Like DriveStation Quad, the Buffalo DriveStation Duo drive is suitable for small servers, office/home uses, and creative professionals. Features of this drive are scheduled backups (for Windows: NovaBACKUP Buffalo Edition ;for Mac: Backup via Time Machine), RAID, data protection, high performance, USB 3.0 connectivity, and error recovery.

03. DRIVE STATION DDR

Buffalo’s DriveStation DDR is a data transfer storage drive that helps you to enlarge your storage space by transferring your files easily and quickly. You can attach it to your desktop using a USB cable. The drive is ultrafast with high performance USB 3.0 interface, scheduled backups, and more.

PORTABLE DRIVES

01. MINISTATION

Buffalo’s MiniStation is a portable drive that allows you to store, manage, and backup your data at any time you need. This drive comes with hardware encryption and RAID redundancy features. Interfaces such as FireWire, eSATA, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 are also supported by this external hard drive.

02. MINISTATION THUNDERBOLT

One of the best high performance and portable storage drives from Buffalo is MiniStation Thunderbolt. It allows you to store, transfer, and backup your data. Fast file transfer is one of the highlights of this drive. It also offers features like USB 3.0 interface, plug-and-play setup, and scheduled backups. 

03. MINISTATION EXTREME NFC

Buffalo’s MiniStation Extreme NFC comes with secure hardware encryption and the NFC technology built-in. This drive allows you to access your data using a smartcard instead of a password. The drive is water & dust resistant with an integrated USB cable, hardware encryption, NFC technology, scheduled backup, and military spec shock protection.

HOW TO INSTALL DRIVERS FOR A BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

Basically, all the Buffalo external hard drives are ready to be used once they are out of the box. However, you need to install the driver or firmware on your computer to utilize all the features of the drive. To install drivers for your Buffalo external hard drive, follow the below instructions.

  • Initially, download the driver.
  • Make sure to connect the drive to your computer.
  • Open the driver file on your computer.
  • Install the driver by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Now, your drive is ready to use.

HOW TO SET UP BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR MAC

Initially, you need to format your Buffalo external hard drive. After formatting the drive, partition the drive. Once it is done, configure the Time Machine settings on the drive and start the backup process.

Step 1: Connect The Buffalo Drive

  • Get the USB cable of your Buffalo drive.
  • Connect the EHD to your Mac computer using the USB cable.
  • Now, turn on your Mac computer.
  • Check if the drive icon is displayed in the taskbar. If yes, perform the next step given below. displayed in the taskbar. If yes, perform the next step given below.

Step 2: Format The Buffalo Drive

  • Open Disk Utility.
  • Locate and select your Buffalo drive.
  • Now, click on the Erase button. 
  • Complete formatting the drive by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Once the format is done, move on to the next step of the setup.

Step 3: Partition The Buffalo Drive

  • In the Disk Utility window, make sure that your Buffalo external hard drive is selected.
  • Click on the Partition button.
  • Now, a pop-up dialog box titled Partition drive will appear on the screen.
  • Click the Add (+) button below the partition circle.
  • Set the partition of your desire and click the Apply button.

Step 4: Configuring Time Machine

  • Open the System Preferences window.
  • Locate and click on the Time Machine option.
  • Make sure that the Back Up Automatically option is selected in the Time Machine window.
  • Now, click the Add or Remove Backup Disk option.
  • Choose your hard drive. Now, you can see your drive listed in Time Machine.

HOW TO SET UP BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR WINDOWS

  • Initially, make sure that your Windows computer is compatible with the drive.
  • Now, download Buffalo driver.
  • Connect the drive to your computer.
  • Open the downloaded driver file.
  • Install the driver to finish the hard drive installation on your Windows computer.

HOW TO FORMAT BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR WINDOWS 

  • In the Windows Explorer window, locate your external hard drive and right-click on it.
  • Select the Format option.
  • Go to the Volume section and type your drive name.
  • Select the Quick Format option if it is not selected.
  • Click Start. Now, the format process will be initiated.

HOW TO FORMAT BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR MAC

  • In the Go to the Disk Utility window on your Mac computer.
  • Select your driver.
  • Click on the Erase button.
  • Initiate the format process by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Once it is completed, click on the Done button.
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BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE DATA RECOVERY ON MAC AND WINDOWS

When you have lost the data on your hard drive, initially, you have to check your computer’s Recycle Bin or Trash folder for the deleted files. If you’re unable to find your data there, use recovery software. There are many software available to recover deleted data from the Buffalo external hard drive. Here, we have explained the simple steps to use the Recoverit Data Recovery software. The instructions given below are applicable for both Windows and Mac OS.

  • Download and install the Recoverit Data Recovery software on your computer.
  • Now, open the recovery software.
  • Choose the recovery mode as External Devices Recovery.
  • Select your Buffalo external hard drive and click Start.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to recover the deleted or lost data.

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT HARD DRIVE ON WINDOWS 10

Try the following troubleshooting instructions to resolve the external hard drive not detected issues on your Windows 10 computer.

  • Initially, make sure that your external hard drive is connected securely to the Windows 10 computer.
  • Check if your Windows OS is up-to-date.
  • If not, update it and connect the drive to your computer.
  • Check whether your external hard drive is using the letter of an existing drive. If yes, open the Disk Management window, locate your external hard drive, and right-click on its volume. Select the option that says Change Drive Letter and Paths and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Now, check if your drive is displayed on your Windows 10 computer.
  • If not, then check whether a proper partition is allocated for your drive.
  • Go to the Disk Management window, locate your drive, and check whether there is a partition available for it.
  • If not, go to the Unallocated part and right-click on it.
  • Select New Simple Volume. 
  • Allocate a partition by following the on-screen instructions.
 

BUFFALO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE NOT SHOWING UP ON WINDOWS 10

  • Initially, check if your Buffalo external hard drive is connected securely to the computer.
  • Make sure that your Windows OS is compatible with the Buffalo drive. 
  • Try to connect the drive to a different USB port on your computer.
  • Avoid using a USB hub or an interface card for the connection.
  • Connect the drive directly to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Check whether the antivirus or any security software installed on your computer is blocking the connectivity between the drive and your computer.
  • If yes, disable it temporarily.
  • Know about Mac on here.

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FAQ FREQUENTLY ASKING QUESTIONS

 
  • Turn off your Buffalo hard drive.
  • Now, locate the Function button on your drive and hold it.
  • Turn on the drive while holding down the button.
  • Release the button once the function LED flashes blue. 
  • To initialize the restore process, press the function button one more time.
  • Once the restore process is initialized, the LED flashes amber.

  • If your external hard drive is corrupted, try the following instructions to resolve it.
  • Run an antivirus scan on your computer. Before you run the antivirus scan, make sure that the Buffalo hard drive is connected to the computer. 
  • Open the CMD application with the admin rights. Type the chkdsk /r/f “X” command. (Note: in this command, “X” is the drive letter). 
  • On your Windows computer, run the SFC scan. Open the CMD window and type sfc /scannow. 
  • While using the above two commands, make sure that your drive is connected to the computer.
  • Finally, try to pair your drive using recovery software.

The Buffalo LinkStation NAS users can come across several issues. The below section explains how to resolve the issue where Windows 10 can’t access shares on NAS.

  • Initially, enable SMB version 2 on your Buffalo hard drive.
  • To do so, access the drive web interface page.
  • Go to the Configuration section.
  • Locate and select SMB. 
  • Check whether SMB is enabled.
  • If not, click the Edit button followed by Enable.
  • Now, go to your computer’s Control Panel window.
  • Select Turn Windows Features on or off > SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support > OK.

  • You can recover your data from the Buffalo external hard drive using data recovery software.
  • But if you have encrypted your drive, then you can’t use the recovery software directly to recover the data. 
  • Initially, you have to remove the encryption and then you can perform the recovery process.
  • For ATA encryption: Even after removing these kind of encryption, some files can’t be recovered from your drive. So, better avoid using these kinds of encryption in the future.

  • Sign in to your Buffalo hard drive’s web interface.
  • Go to the Settings section followed by File Sharing.
  • Click the widget button available beside the Users option.
  • Go to the Create User tab. 
  • Now, a dialog box titled User Settings will open. 
  • In the opened box, type the required details correctly in the corresponding fields. 
  • Once the new user account is created, it will be displayed in the User List. 
  • Now, locate the newly created user account, and click the Edit button beside it. 
  • Go to the Access Restrictions section and configure the admin rights.
  • Finally, save them.
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