I needed some more storage and this was on a pretty good sale at the time ($50). I had no trouble connecting the drive to my computer. It comes with some backup software, though I am not using it. The end that connects to the drive is a USB micro-B connector that I had not seen before and is different from other USB connectors.
What I wound up doing was opening the case and getting the Toshiba MK5059GSXP HDD2J53 hard drive out. It is only 9.4mm thick, so it fits in my old Dell Vostro 1400 notebook computer. After copying the old hard drive contents over to the new drive, I was able to to put the old 250 GB hard drive in the Buffalo case and I'm using the Toshiba drive in my notebook. Most 1 TB drives are too thick, so I'm not sure I could have upgraded to more than 500GB. The drive seems quick on USB 2.0, but I couldn't try out USB 3.0. I know not everyone will do something like this, but at least it is a possibility.
This is a great hard drive. 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. I just wish I had bought this one first, instead of messing around with western digital and seagate first.
MiniStation USB 3.0 is a high performance portable storage solution in a remarkably compact and lightweight contemporary form. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, MiniStation USB 3.0 works with nearly any PC or Mac and provides interface speeds up to 5 Gbps. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. MiniStation'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.