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BUFFALO MiniStation Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HD-PNT1.0U3BB

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  • High Performance USB 3.0
  • USB 3.0 supports backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • 256-bit hardware encryption available
  • Compact and lightweight shock proof chassis
  • Includes Buffalo Tools utility suite
  • Eco minded power management
  • Preformatted hard drive
  • Time Machine compatibility

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: BUFFALO
  • Model: HD-PNT1.0U3BB
  • Hard Disk Size: 1 TB
  • Warranty: 2 year
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0051UWBWY
  • Item model number: HD-PNT1.0U3BB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 31, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

MiniStation Plus offers high performance USB 3.0 portable storage in a compact and lightweight shock proof chassis. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac, providing interface speeds up to 5 Gbps. MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and it’s USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source; simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. With available 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can easily protect your data from unwanted access by simply assigning a password. Included with MiniStation Plus is Buffalo’s multipurpose Buffalo Tools utility suite designed to enhance Windows PC performance and user experience, including TurboPC for 3X faster transfers. Store, back up and transport your content with SuperSpeed plug and play connectivity.

From the Manufacturer

MiniStation™ Plus offers high performance USB 3.0 portable storage in a compact and lightweight shock proof chassis. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac®, providing interface speeds up to 5 Gbps*. MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and it's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source; simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. With available 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can easily protect your data from unwanted access by simply assigning a password. Included with MiniStation Plus is Buffalo's multipurpose Buffalo Tools utility suite designed to enhance Windows® PC performance and user experience, including TurboPC for 3X faster transfers. Store, back up and transport your content with SuperSpeed plug and play connectivity.


MiniStation™ Plus
HD-PNTU3


Features at a glance
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Shock Proof Chassis
  • Available Hardware Encryption
  • High Performance
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • 3X Faster than Competing Drives
Compact and Convenient

Designed for mobility, MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and offers USB 3.0 powered mobile storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. MiniStation Plus is bus powered and it works with PC and Mac, so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on, even while on the move.

Shock Proof Chassis

Shock protection elements surround the hard drive, protecting it from accidental bumps and drops. Transport your content without worry of damage.

Shock Proof Chassis
Shock protection elements surround the hard drive, protecting it from accidental bumps and drops.
Available Hardware Encryption

Optional 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access. Simply assign a password to the hard drive at setup and your data is shielded from wandering eyes.

USB 2.0 Compatibility

MiniStation Plus is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 enabled desktop computers and notebooks. Simply plug the cable into the USB 2.0 port and you are connected � no additional hardware or cables are required.

TurboPC Enhancement

Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 3X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives. TurboPC also includes TurboCopy which draws on additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.

Up to 3X faster transfer rates
TurboPC increases file transfer rates by up to 3X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives. Values used for digital photos and mp3s are approximates with an average file size of 4 MB, based on typical length, compression and resolution.
Backup and Manage Your Files with 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: An easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs that can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.
  • ECO Manager: Energy efficiency tool conserves energy and reduces battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.
  • RAMDISK: A simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC, creating a small, but extremely fast environment to work on files in.
  • SecureLock: Windows software that provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.

Other Key Features and Benefits:

  • Support for legacy USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed 3.0
  • Shock protection elements surround the hard drive, protecting it from damage
  • Super slim, lightweight chassis saves space for ultimate portability with a stylish, sophisticated design
  • Preformatted hard drive is ready for immediate use with Windows and Mac
  • Optional 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access
  • Works with PC and Mac so you can connect to your computer for additional storage or backup of your music, photo, video and data files
  • USB Powered makes it a perfect companion for your laptop or netbook - no external power supply needed
  • Enhance the overall performance of your PC and increase file transfer rates up to 3X over USB 2.0 hard drives with TurboPC
  • Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and reducing battery consumption
  • Buffalo's Backup Utility for automatic backup of your Windows PCs and Time Machine® support for continuous backup of your Mac computers
  • Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer

The MiniStation Plus Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive HD-PNTU3 is backed by a two-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support.

What's in the Box
MiniStation Plus Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive HD-PNTU3, USB 3.0 Cable, Quick Setup Guide, and Warranty Statement

* 5 Gbps is the maximum interface rate derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 3.0. Actual transfer rate will vary depending upon environmental factors.

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SuperSpeed USB 3.0    
USB 2.0
Integrated USB Cable Management      
Shock Absorption Technology    
Hardware Encryption Security    
Software Encryption Security  
Backup Software
Buffalo Tools Suite Included
TurboPC Performance Booster

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Customer Reviews

Love this drive, it is fantastic, fast and very reliable.
Amazon Customer
I was happy to find the Buffalo MiniStation Plus 1TB USB3 External Hard Drive.
S. Friedman
I've used the drive for 8 months and have had no problems so far.
Mark M. New York

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Lansing on July 26, 2011
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Just got this in the mail.

I wanted an external drive to meet the following requirements
- Backup both a mac and pc
- no backup software that i had to use
- usb 3.0 cause my desktop pc has a usb 3.0 motherboard to take advantage of this

Nice to have
- look good
- small in size

At first I was a little worried cause I thought that it was only going to end up working with only one or the other (mac or pc). Looked on the internet but didn't find any help, but no matter I just went with what I thought would work. In Windows I went to disk management and shrunk the drive in half, then formatted it in exFAT. Then I plugged it into my mac (with os x lion) and immediately it asked it I wanted to use one ) or both of the partitions for Time Machine. I said yes to one of the partitions and it started running a backup right away.

So very happy it worked just as I wanted
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Huy Nhut on October 20, 2011
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After my WD passport died I was looking for an external drive that was more solid as the USB connection the WD was very flimsy and kept falling off. The drive feels very solid, the USB connection fits tightly and it was recognized by my Asus router. The external drive has been connected to my Asus router for the last two weeks and it hasn't slowed down one bit. The HD is a bit expensive compare to other 1TB drives but I think its worth it after feeling how solid it is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Nguyen on May 13, 2012
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Although the file transfers are fast, the USB connection between the laptop and the hard drive can be easily disconnected if I have to move hard drive, even by a little bit. I do not experience similar USB connection issue with my other external hard drives.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The RidgeCat on April 13, 2012
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I bought one of these from Amazon and was unable to do anything with it. I enabled the hardware encryption feature using the Buffalo utility for this, then tried to QuickFormat the drive from FAT32 to NTFS. No go with the utility software or with Windows 7 format. A full format took 15 hours, but after formatting simply went into a perpetual loop, touching the drive every five seconds or so, but without actually reading or writing or finishing. After seven hours of that nonsense, I called Buffalo Tech Support and we reviewed all of the things I had tried and the results. They concluded that the drive was defective and suggested I ask Amazon for a replacement. They said all they could do was issue an RMA, and repair the drive. This is a pretty short-sighted policy especially for a drive that is 72 hours old and has never worked.

Amazon customer service was more tuned to the needs of its customers, and they overnighted me a hot replacement unit, which I had early the next afternoon. Without installing any of the Buffalo software, I ran a number of tests, including 50+ GB verified backups, and transfers (with SHA512 checksums) of large sets of files. The drive worked flawlessly, was very quiet, and ran at about 200 Mbps on a USB 2 interface. Then I enabled hardware encryption as before, and the drive became an instant brick. Can't format it, and most partition block repair software just hangs when the drive gets plugged in. Again, a call to Technical Support at Buffalo yielded little help, but some information. Seems the support guy had heard of something like this and asked around among his colleagues, but nobody had any concrete data. So, I am again stuck with taking responsibility for correcting a problem not of my manufacture.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Atkinson on October 13, 2011
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After having it shipped to my house, I loaded it up with movies and sent it to Iraq. I was worried about the handling of the package, but it made it and works just fine. Once I downloaded DVD ripping software, it was easy to put te movies on the drive. The speed was limited (significantly) by the DVD drive on my computer, not by the drive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Monsen on November 3, 2011
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I purchased this drive several weeks ago and have used it extensively for backing up my PC. The drive has been very solid - non problems. The higher-speed USB3 interface is definitely a help to get it done quickly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By teciovivas on November 9, 2011
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This external hard disk is excelent! Fast, beautiful, compact, lightweight and security. Have a blue LED lets you know when the drive is active.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fung on December 23, 2011
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Got the drive fast. Try it with my netbook running window 7 starter edition. My computer recognized it right away, but when I try to install the tools and programs provided in the drive, it does not let me install any one of them. I do not know why. However since I can access to the drive, so I just use the third party backup program to use it to back up my files and my c drive. It works so far, and I hope it will last.
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