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

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  • Super-slim, lightweight design saves space for ultimate portability
  • Turbo PC increases file transfer rates by up to 2X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives
  • Preformatted hard drive is ready for immediate use with Windows and Mac
  • Perfect companion for your laptop or notebook - no extrnal power needed
  • ECO Manager conserves energy and battery power
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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • USB Powered

Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 3 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0046RE21G
  • Item model number: HD-PCT500U2/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer


MiniStation Stealth USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive with TurboPC
HD-PCTU2
  • High Performance
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • 2X Faster than Competing Drives
  • Most Comprehensive Software Utility Suite

The Buffalo 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. The 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.




Compact and Convenient

Designed for mobility, MiniStation Stealth’s compact and contemporary design occupies minimal space and offers USB powered mobile storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. Plus, the Stealth works with PC and Mac so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on.

  • USB 2.0 powered connection
  • Preformatted in NTFS
  • Attractive blue LED lets you know when the drive is active




TurboPC

Using high speed RAM on your PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates on Windows PCs by up to 2X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives. TurboPC also includes TurboCopy which provides additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.




Back up 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 thatcan 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.
  • TurboPC: Performance enhancement utility providing up to 2x transfer speeds over regular USB 2.0 connections

Other Key Features and Benefits

  • Compact and Lightweight: Super-slim, lightweight design saves space for ultimate portability
  • TurboPC for Windows: Increase file transfer rates by up to 2X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives
  • Connect and Go: Preformatted hard drive is ready for immediate use with Windows and Mac
  • USB Powered: Perfect companion for your laptop or netbook - No external power supply needed
  • Eco-Minded: Included ECO Manager conserves energy by cutting power to the hard drive during extended periods of inactivity
  • Time Machine® Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer

The MiniStation Stealth portable storage solution is backed by a one-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support.

What’s in the Box

MiniStation Stealth Portable Hard Drive HD-PCTU2, USB 2.0 Cable, Quick Setup Guide, and Warranty Statement

* TurboPC Performance Testing: Time to transfer 1,000 digital photos. Benchmark system: Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz, DDR3 8GB, Intel P55, WD1600JS-00NCB1, Windows 7 (64-bit)



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Expand Your Data Capacity and Connectivity with Buffalo Storage and Networking Solutions

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Share files, back up all computers to one central location, and access your data over the Internet quickly and securely. With Buffalo Network Attached Storage (NAS), you can store, access, and share your files from all computers on your network.

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Configuring your wireless network is quick and easy with Buffalo's push-button setup or our simple web interface. Boost your wireless connectivity, increase range, signal strength and speed with our wide selection of wireless routers and accessories.

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Portable external hard drives make it easy to transport your files. Buffalo’s line of portable hard drives offers a reliable and compact, sleek solution to back up and store your files. Choose your capacity and color and you’ll be on your way.

Customer Reviews

Easy plug and play use.
Ericka Simmons
This little external hard drive works wonderful for backing up files.
Patricia
Very attractive device and would recommend this to anyone !!
S. Jarnagin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

478 of 488 people found the following review helpful By ugamit on May 8, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
Intro:
- I've been a laptop computer user for over 20 years. I own a consulting firm with clients 'round the country, so I'm always on the go.
- I own - or have owned - portable hard drives from every major manufacturer. My theory was that if I bought different brands with good recommendations (versus buying all of them from one manufacturer), I would spread my risk.
- Bought the Buff' Stealth 500GB from Amazon to try it out. Its the smallest 500GB portable drive around from a major manufacturer (and just 0.1in thicker than Oyen).
- I've owned and operated the drive for 30days to date. All of our computers (laptops and desktops)run Windows XP/32 bit operating systems.

Analysis:
Folks, hands down, this is the best overall portable hard drive I've owned to date:
1. This puppy is small, lightweight, and fast for USB 2.0. I'm getting 16-18MB/sec transfers using 5+ year old laptops and desktops (with Intel single core processors), and up to 22MB/sec on my Intel Core Duo Laptop.
2. I've left it on for 3 days straight, and found no heat generation above room temperature.
3. Needs only 1 USB2.0 port, and runs off of just 1 USB port on every one of our desktops/laptops I've tried it on.
4. Has a great blue light on top to signal its working. Doesn't have a sleep mode, so there is no delay, after your computer sits for a while, when you go to transfer/access a file.

Three particulars you'all might find of interest:
1. One reviewer here gave the drive 3stars because of the onboard Buffalo file transfer software. It's advertised to accelerate file transfers vs. Windows Explorer. And it does - but I agree, its not worth using.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Frankie on May 13, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
Bought 2 of these (500gb model) at once (Jan. 2012 update: bought a third 500gb a few weeks after the first 2; also, I have had no issues with any of these drives in about 8 months of intermittent use) as backups on the road for various important data. I primarily bought this specific model because the USB connection (I think is called "mini" usb but am not sure) is the same connector as other devices I carry around so that will simplify my cord clutter a bit.(Some other portable drives out there have different or even proprietary USB connectors). Also all power comes from the USB cord (supplied with the drive, about 14 inches long, thin, easy to pack.) It all seems very well thought out. I'd looked at the similar-size Seagates and the Western Digital drives but there do seem to be a lot of complaints about drive failure and other issues. I don't need the latest/greatest speed or USB 3.0 so this was a good fit/price for my uses.

One suprise: the formatted drive shows 499.76gb (out of advertised 500gb) available...that's as close as I've ever seen to matching the advertised capacity of a drive! Another surprise is how this tiny little drive (3.0 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches by my measurement, smaller than 2 decks of cards next to each other) runs very cool, it hardly generates ANY heat to the touch.

I am using a MacBook Pro, so merely reformatted these for the Mac using the Mac's disk utility. I formatted them to be bootable and cloned my MacBook over to one of them (using SuperDuper) and now have a bootable backup in case the laptop drive goes down. Tested that drive as the boot drive, and response is slower when booted from the USB 2.0 connection than the MacBook's internal drive (no surprise there) but it would get me through in a pinch.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By arch. student on May 15, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
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.
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful By F. H. on April 25, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB
When using the encryption option for this drive there is a setting for "Auto-Authentication" that is supposed to allow the drive to connect to a designated computer without having to log in with a password, but this feature does not work with Windows 7. The Tech support person said they were aware of the problem and were working on it, but the issue is not shown on their web site.

When I tried to remove the encryption using the "Release Authentication" button, I received a message saying "unable to run because the hard drive is in use", even though it wasn't in use. I called tech support and they suggested resetting the drive to factory settings, which will remove the encryption but will also remove everything stored on the drive as well. The technician blamed my computer instead of accepting the fact there was a problem with their software.

The drive also came pre-formatted with the FAT32 file system, which I did not notice until after I had stored information on it. To convert it to NTFS, I had to re-format the drive and then restore the data from backup. Converting the drive with the data intact did not work because that process requires a reboot and the drive when encrypted is not visible until after the computer has finished rebooting and the login screen is completed. I could not remove the encryption because the management software thought the drive was in use when it was not.

I am happy with the drive itself, but the encryption management software and the company tech support leave much to be desired. Their web site also was of no help in identifying or resolving any of these issues.
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