HD Controller & Removable drive
Buffalo HD-QSSU2 DriveStation Quattro TurboUSB
DriveStation Quattro - Setup
To begin, insert the DriveNavigator CD in your PC. The setup program will
launch. Click Begin Installation to start. (Fig: 2)
If the setup program doesn’t run automatically, click Start, then Run, and then
type “d:\drivenavi.exe” in the Run window. Click OK. (Fig: 3)
Click Setup to start. (Fig: 4) Follow the steps to connect your DriveStation
The wizard will step you through setting up your DriveStation Quattro,
configuring your RAID settings, and reformatting if desired.
The DriveStation Quattro can be connected to your computer with either a
USB connection or an eSATA connection. The eSATA connection will usually
give higher performance. However, If you you will be changing RAID modes
or reformating the drives during setup, you must use the USB cable to
connect the Quattro to your PC. You may switch to the eSATA connection
after setup is complete.
Use either the eSATA cable or the USB cable to connect the Quattro to your
computer at any given time. Do not connect both at once!
Using the RAID Utility
The RAID Utility allows you to configure your DriveStation Quattro in several
Normal Mode - Appears to your computer as four separate hard drives.
Spanning Mode - Appears to your computer as one large hard drive.
RAID 0 Mode - Appears to your computer as a single drive. Higher
performance than Spanning Mode.
RAID 1 Mode - Appears to your computer as a single drive. The third
and fourth drives keep an exact copy of the first and second drives, for
RAID 5 Mode - Appears to your computer as a single drive. Approximately
3/4 of your total space is usable, yet you still have full redundancy, if a drive
Note that changing the mode of the drives in your Quattro will erase all data
on them! Back up any important data before using the RAID utility.
You should be connected to the DriveStation Quattro with a USB cable while
running the RAID utility. You can switch to an eSATA connection for normal
use after the utility has run. You can launch the RAID Utility by clicking on
RAID Setup Utility in the Start menu. (Fig: 5)
Once launched, the RAID Utility will briefly scan for your DriveStation Quattro.
This may take a few seconds.
The initial screen will show your current configuration (Fig: 6). If your Quattro
is new, it will probably be in RAID 0 mode, with one high-performance
partition. If you want better data security, Buffalo recommends RAID 5 mode,
with its excellent balance of security and total capacity.
To change the RAID mode, click on the Configuration menu and choose the
Change Disk Structure option.
Select the drive structure that you would like to use (Fig: 7)
After rebuilding the disk structure, the disk can be formatted with FAT32 or
NTFS (Fig: 8). Select the format that you prefer. FAT32 is compatible with
most Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux. NTFS offers the best performance with
Windows 2000 and XP machines, but isn’t compatible with other operating
systems. NTFS is recommended for use with backup, video editing and other
programs that may need filesizes larger than 4GB.