Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive - HD-PCT500U2/B - Compact, Portable USB Storage for On-the-Go
|MiniStation™ Stealth is a high performance portable storage solution in a remarkably compact and lightweight contemporary form. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your PC or Mac® computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. MiniStation Stealth’s compact design occupies minimal space and it’s USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source. Included with the Stealth is Buffalo’s multi-purpose Buffalo Tools utility suite designed to enhance Windows® PC performance and user experience. It features TurboPC, a utility designed to enhance PC performance for up to 2X faster file transfers. Also included, Buffalo's Backup Utility protects your important files and documents by backing up your PCs to your Buffalo external hard drive and it provides an easy-to-use data restore function. Store, back up and transport your content instantly with plug and play connectivity.|
UNIVERSAL USB CONNECTIVITY
MiniStation Stealth features USB 2.0 for fast and easy universal connectivity. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your PC or Mac® and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. The preformatted hard drive requires no driver or software installation and is ready for immediate use.
Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows® PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 2X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives by making system adjustments to increase performance substantially.
COMPACT AND CONVENIENT
Designed for mobility, MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and offers USB 3.0 bus-powered mobile storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. It works with PC and Mac, so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on, even while on the go.
Optional software encryption protects your data from unauthorized access. password protect MiniStation Stealth and your data is shielded from wandering eyes.
Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on many Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation storage products. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.
Customer Reviews of Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive
I wanted a simple storage device to eliminate saving everything to disk. This fits the bill. I'm not impressed with the included software pack, particularly the Back Up package...way to invasive and constantly backing up! But as a simple plug and store device, it's perfect.
Easy to use External Drive7/17/2013
I was looking for an external drive to back up my mac. I needed a small one that I could take on trips with me--this fit the bill! It is easy to connect and within 5 minutes of connecting it to the computer, I was backing up! It works with time machine, so no need to add another back up program to my computer--and it is fast! I highly recommend this drive--excellent price and product!
Great backup device7/17/2013
I needed to get a hard drive to back up my laptop. This was on sale at a great price and had other good reviews. It worked right out of the box with no problems. Have done my second scheduled backup with it and no problems. At the price I paid, wish I had bought another one to use to convert old vinyl to MP3s.
Great, worth it !6/22/2013
Just received mine today and setup was a breeze. Instantly recognized by Windows 7. Build quality feels good and compact size is a plus. USB cable length is more than enough and easy to see blue activity light on edge of drive. Came with setup/manual files loaded onto drive. Would definitely recommend this drive and Buffalo in general.
So far so good6/18/2013
I received it quickly. It was easy to install and it seemed to backup my data without too much effort. I have not tried to retrieve my data yet, but I assume that will be easy too.
This was a great product with a great price for my basic needs. Transfer time is short and sweet. If you want something besides the cloud to back up your information this product will work for you.
Best Hard drive12/7/2012
I just wish I had bought this one first, instead of messing around with western digital and seagate first. I was a little skeptical because I had never heard of this company, but they proved me wrong. I had bought two other hard drives previously, only to return them because they either had farmware, or were incompatible with mac. I'm an architecture student who has to back up lots of data between my mac at home and the farmware protected pc's at school, and this one is compatible with both; no problems, no shenanigans, it just works right out of the box like a hard drive should. Of course, it's a portable hard drive so the speed can get bogged down when transferring massive amounts of data, but it's actually very fast for a portable. Also, it is incredibly small, sleek, and just looks cool.
The drive arrived at timely fashion. It has been used constantly for more than 06 months. It's pretty fast compared it to desktop 3.5" hard drive. I would definitely come back and buy it again if needed. I would give it maximum rating for this USB 2.0 portable drive.
A good buy for the money9/27/2012
This is a great USB Hard drive. It is amazingly fast and the installation is a breeze. My Windows system recognized it immediately and I was able to use it in seconds. The shipment was on time and price is pretty good. I would definately recomend this drive to anyone looking for storage.
Backup with Buffalo7/13/2012
I bought this Buffalo ministation for common storage (documents, pictures, music, etc...) and it works just fine. The drive is roughly the size of a man's wallet and it doesn't run hot. Technically you do not need to install anything to start using the external HD. I also love that you can create password protected storage boxes with the SecureLockMobile (slm) application.
We love this USB Drive. It's not too big so it fits really well. The capacity is adaquate for what I'm looking to do but you can never have too much storage. It runs fast and the USB speed is much better than my old one. I would give this a must buy and a 5 STARS!!!!!!
Love this drive!!! 5 STARS!!!!!!! Awesome hardrive for any computer users needs. It is sleek and slim and takes up no space. Hooks right up to computer and starts working right away. Couldn't have been any easier. Includes all the software right on the hard drive. Just plug and play.
Great hard drive6/24/2012
This is a great hard drive. Had it for about 2 months and its great. Easy to store and transfer items with no problems. I'm using this mainly to free up space and its amazing. Its already FAT32 format so it works great. It says its formatted for mac already but I have no idea cuz I don't own a mac. But if you're looking for something I would reccomend this. Worked right away just plug it in.
Simple, effective, stylish6/7/2012
this drive was super easy to set up. Right out of the box, just plugged it in and searched for the easy to find installation instructions for Mac users. Opened the PDF version, followed the steps and boom, it's all set up! It even syncs up amazingly with TimeMachine, which is a pretty cool Mac feature as well. The external hard drive has plenty of space for all my documents, music, and videos. Again, I'm no computer genius so I definitely appreciate the simplicity and straight forward approach of this product.
This Buffalo MiniStation 500 GB hard drive is awesome!!!! it looks good, it's silent while working, it's small and very portable, does not get hot, comes with lots of manuals. Overall it could be a little bit more user friendly, especially for those of us who are not as technologically savvy -- but it did its job, seems to be a great value, and I'm satisfied with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this product..
Must Have One5/29/2012
I got this external drive to use as backup for my laptop. Since I use a Mac, I use it as my Time Machine backup drive. I love how compact it is which makes it easy for me to take on trips. I also love how it does not need to be hooked up to a power source other than the laptop itself. I used to use a much larger external drive which required an outside power source. It was very bulky and messy to use. I have not tried any encryption with this hard drive so I cannot comment on it. ps.
Drive is Good5/10/2012
Great product great value. So far so good on my 500 gig hard drive
All I wanted was a device to back up and transfer my files to be safe just in case something happened to my computer. This device does exactly what it was meant to do. I have had no trouble at all using this hard drive. It's small and compact and if I every run out of room I would probably buy another one.
First External Hard Drive - Good Value, Good Perfo5/24/2011
I'm not a computer geek, but I know enough to know that I should have a proper backup of the important files on my laptop. After doing my research, I settled on the Buffalo MiniStation 500 GB hard drive, based largely on the positive reviews on other sites, as well as the great price here on Buy.com. I was really looking for something user friendly, something that I could simply plug in and backup my data. Installing the software was relatively easy, but there are a lot of mini-components in the software that I wasn't quite sure what to do with. My first attempt at a backup was only a partial success -- it had been running for a couple hours, and I wasn't sure if it was actually working properly, so I killed it. Eventually I read through the manuals -- something I had hoped to avoid -- and figured out the easiest way to backup only the folders and files that I was most concerned with. I followed the directions, and while it did take a couple of hours for the actual backup, I am now confident that I have a complete backup of my important files. Other things - it looks good, it's silent while working, it's small and very portable, does not get hot, comes with lots of manuals. Overall it could be a little bit more user friendly -- especially for those of us who are not as technologically savvy -- but it did its job, seems to be a great value, and I'm satisfied with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this product.