By placing an order, you acknowledge that you
have read and understood the
particular, you understand that the information you provide may be, so as to
process your order, transferred to countries (including the United States)
where data protection laws may possibly be less favorable than those in
force in your country of residence.
Buffalo Ministation TurboUSB
is an outstanding portable drive. It is built in a compact lightweight case
with a tough armored shell and a shock-absorbent inner floating structure.
If you drop it, chances are the drive will survive and your data will be
connects to your PC or laptop with two USB cables. One of the two cables is
actually optional and is used to provide additional power to the drive. The
ministation works fine with only one cable; I however noticed a little
“click” sound once in a while. It’s barely audible but you get the nagging
feeling the drive is “complaining” that it is not getting enough power and
is kind of struggling to survive. If you have enough USB ports and don’t mind the
additional clutter, it is probably better to use both cables.
comes with TurboUSB a piece of Buffalo software that speeds up data transfer
allowing transfer speeds up to 480Mbps. Although data transfer is not as
fast as it would be with an external eSATA drive, it’s fast enough for most
The Ministation is
supplied with Buffalo SecureLockWare™, a free software security tool that
encrypts your data using AES encryption. AES is the encryption standard used
by the US government. Buffalo Ministation also comes with Memeo Autobackup,
a piece of software that will seamlessly backs up your data in real time.
I purchased two
Buffalo Ministations (Model HD-PF320U2) and I use them to back up my data. One is permanently
connected to my PC and silently backs up my data in real time without
slowing down my PC in any way. I keep the other one on a safe off site location
and I swap the two 2 or 3 times a week.
is available in various storage capacities:
Although the product
in itself is excellent and outstanding, the same unfortunately cannot be
said about the user manual. This is something rather common and I find it
amazing that after spending so much time and money developing such an
outstanding product, so little effort is given into writing a flawless user
manual. I noticed that kind of problem over and over again with video
recorders, TVs, mobile phones, digital cameras etc… Things can get even
worse when the user manual is the poor English translation of a poorly
written Japanese or Chinese user manual.
Back to the Buffalo
Ministation; Here is the problem I ran into: When I received the Buffalo
Ministations, they were formatted with FAT32 and the user manual recommends
that you reformat the drive as an NTFS drive (or Mac OS or XFS if you use a
MacIntosh or Linux) but doesn't provide much information on how to do it.
The user manual also mentions a little utility called Disk Formatter so I
thought that I should use that utility to reformat the disk. In reality,
this utility is pretty much useless as it only allows to format as FAT.
I contacted Buffalo;
they promptly came back to me and recommended that I go to command line
(Start, Run and then type cmd) and run the following command:
CONVERT Z: /FS:NTFS
Z being the drive
letter of the Buffalo ministration. I tried that and got some cryptic error
message. It simply didn’t work.
I finally figured
out that the best way to convert the drive to NTFS was to first back up all
the files on the drive and then reformat the Ministation as an NTFS drive
using Windows’ “Disk Management” interface. I then copied the backed up
files back on the drive and voilŕ… My Buffalo Ministation now works great
and I love it!
Similar Buffalo products:
Buffalo MiniStation DataVault
Buffalo MiniStation DataVault differs from Buffalo Ministation TurboUSB in the
sense that it uses hardware encryption instead of software encryption. What
difference does it make? Hardware encryption is more secure and more
difficult to break than software encryption. Buffalo Ministation DataVault is
slightly more expensive than Buffalo Ministation TurboUSB but the price
difference could be worth the while if your data is highly sensitive.
DataVault comes in two differents storage capacities:
Buffalo MiniStation Lite
Buffalo Ministation Lite is similar to Buffalo Ministation TurboUSB; however
it is somewhat more stylish. It has a slimmer casing and comes in 3 colors: