Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive - HD-PCT500U2/B

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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.

-Joe W quote

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!!!!!!

-Mary quote

First External Hard Drive - Good Value, Good Perfo

by Joe W on 5/24/2011

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. Read More

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by Kudo on 12/14/2011

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. Read More

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Product Overview

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.

TURBOPC ENHANCEMENT
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.

SOFTWARE ENCRYPTION
Optional software encryption protects your data from unauthorized access. password protect MiniStation Stealth and your data is shielded from wandering eyes.

BUFFALO TOOLS
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.
  • Buffalo's Backup Utility ifor Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.
  • eco Manager is an energy efficiency tool used to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption.
  • RAMDISK is a simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC.
  • SecureLock for Windows® provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer BUFFALO AMERICAS - DAS
    Mfg Part# HD-PCT500U2/B
    SKU 217576185
    UPC 747464121956
    UPC 14 00747464121956
    Sales Rank 43788
    Tech Specs
    Internal Hard Drives
    Number of Drives: 1
    Drive Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s
    USB Specifications
    Standard Compliance: USB 2.0
    Connector Type: Mini B type
    Number of Ports: 1
    Data Transfer Rates: Max. 480 Mb/s
    Other
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.03 x 4.5 x 0.55 in (HD-PCTU2/B), 3.03 x 4.5 x 0.67 in (HD-PCTU2/BK)
    Weight: 5.82 oz (HD-PCTU2/B), 7.76 oz (HD-PCTU2/BK)
    Power Supply: DC 5 V (USB powered)
    Power Consumption: 2.5 W (Max)
    Client OS Support: Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.7*
    What's in the Box: MiniStation Stealth HD-PCTU2, USB 2.0 Cable, Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Statement
    *Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work
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