Buffalo 500GB MiniStation USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive

Buffalo 500GB MiniStation USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive

Product overview



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Storage on the move at SuperSpeed: Buffalo's MiniStation™ USB 3.0 makes storage so conveniently fast.

If you are looking for a stylish and portable USB storage device with data transfer speed of up to 10 times faster than the standard USB 2.0 portable drive, the Buffalo MiniStation™ USB 3.0 (HD-PCTU3) is an attractive option. Built with cutting edge USB 3.0 technology, this stylishly white (or black) lightweight USB storage device is a must have for anyone who wants the latest technology while on the move.


  • Faster file transfer speeds: The feature-rich sortware suite, Buffalo Tools, accelerate the reading and writing speeds of both your Windows computer and MiniStation™ USB 3.0.
  • Extra protection with SecureLockMobile™: The SecureLockMobile™ for Windows® PC encrypts your data, prevents un authorised access, and protects your data from theft.
  • Eco-friendly, power-saving: The MiniStation™USB 3.0's power saving mode reduces power consumption by stopping HDD rotation when idle for longer battery
  • Buffalo Tools: Enhance your PC transfer performance and back up your important digital assets with the Buffalo Tools for Windows.
  • Connect and go: Simply plug the MiniStation™ into the USB and play; no drivers required.


  • USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • USB 3.0 Micro-B (Backward compatible with USB 2.0 Micro-B socket)
  • Number of Ports1
  • Max: 5Gbits/s (USB3.0 mode) / Max: 480Mbps (USB 2.0 mode)Internal Hard Drives
  • Dimensions (WxHxD)77 x 14 x 114mm (500GB)
  • USB Powered



Product Description
BUFFALO MiniStation USB 3.0 - hard drive - 500 GB - USB 3.0
Hard drive - external (portable)
500 GB
USB 3.0
Data Transfer Rate
5.0 Gbps (USB 3.0)
Power Source
USB bus
Enclosure Colour
Dimensions (WxDxH)
7.7 cm x 11.4 cm x 1.7 cm
150 g
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years warranty



Device Type
Hard drive - external (portable)
500 GB
USB 3.0
Internal Drive Interface
Serial ATA
7.7 cm
11.4 cm
1.7 cm
150 g


Interface Transfer Rate
5.0 Gbps (USB 3.0)

Expansion & Connectivity

1 x USB 3.0


Power Source
USB bus
Power Device
No power supply
Power Consumption
2.5 Watt (active)

Software & System Requirements

Software Included
Buffalo Tools, eco Manager, SecureLockMobile
OS Required
Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits)


Compliant Standards
Plug and Play
Enclosure Colour

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
2 years warranty
Limited warranty - 2 years

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
5 °C
Max Operating Temperature
35 °C
Humidity Range Operating
20 - 80% (non-condensing)

Customer reviews

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5* Excellent for Time Machine on the Mac
Reviewed by William Sommerville on 15/05/2012
I've just purchased this HD to use as a Time Machine drive for backup on an iMac. The drive is well made, silent, and does not get hot. It also looks pretty good and is quite small. I can't see any benefit in buying a more expensive external HD (unless one wanted more storage), or one by a different company, or a mains powered one.

The only downside is that Macs don't have USB 3.0 so the transfer takes place over the slower USB 2.0 (this drive is backwards compatible). But once the initial back up is done, the Time Machine incremental hourly back ups are more or less instantaneous, unobtrusive, and completely silent. I guess the only way around this is buy a Firewire HD, but then you have to pay more money.

Would highly recommend at this price.
5* Great hard drive!
Reviewed by Kenny on 26/08/2012
I bought one of these a short while ago, and I am really impessed with it. The drive itself is pretty neat, and its slick black design looks great. The USB 3.0 transfer speeds are also excellent as I've been able to transfer big files at quite a speed, and at 500GB it is more than ample storage space for my needs, and so far I've only backed up about 35GB of data on it.

The only snag I would say with it is the USB 3.0 cable that comes with it is pretty short, which is a bit of a pain, so I had to resort to getting a longer cable.

Apart from that, the Buffalo 500GB drive is great value for money and well worth it.
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