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Buffalo Ministation HD-PC500 500GB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive - Black

Released on 15 March 2011

Manufacturer: Buffalo

5.0 out of 5 (8 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Buffalo's MiniStation Portable USB Hard Drive offers a compact, sleek, lightweight and portable storage solution. Store, back up and transport digital images, music and other files without taking up space on your PC's hard drive. Store thousands of music, video, photo and data files in one convenient location!

PC and Mac compatible
Plug-n-Play - ready for immediate use
USB Powered - no power supply needed
Sleek, compact and lightweight in a black slim line chassis
Capacities - 320GB, 500GB and 1TB

Buffalo Technology is a leading global provider of award-winning storage, networking, memory, and multimedia solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology.
  • Internal Hard Drives Number of Drives 1
  • Drive Interface SATA
  • Capacities 500GB
  • Interface Standard Compliance USB 2.0 Connector Type USB Mini-B
  • Number of Ports 1
  • Data Transfer Rate Max. 480Mbps
  • Other
  • OS Compatibility Windows7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4 or later
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 114 x 77 x 14mm (1TB 17mm)
  • Power Consumption MAX 2.5W
  • Weight 165g
  • Operating Environment 5-35°C, 20-80% (non-condensing)
  • Power Supply USB bus powered

customer Reviews

 Average rating (8 reviews)


| | See all DaiLaughing's reviews (1)

Very compact, pretty stylish, almost silent, never gets hot, quick enough, reliable so far and cheap with it.

It would be hard to think of any way to improve this drive. I have seen a few criticisms elsewhere but I don't agree with any of them. The LED is easily visible when plugged in the cable is just the right length. I have used the drive for a couple of weeks including some major transfers which went quickly and trouble free. Drive works on Windows XP and 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 with no problems.

The only drives I could find cheaper had separate power supplies (AC) but this is a truly portable drive which easily fits into a pocket.


| | See all tonytrouble's reviews (16)

I bought this external hard drive a couple of months ago and it's one of the best buys I've done from this site. It's very easy to use. No problems with transferring data and it does it quickly. Not a sound from it and more than all, it's so small that you don't even realise you're carrying it around unless you have to use it. Only criticism is that the USB cable is rather short. So for someone who doesn't have a laptop (like myself) it can be an inconvenience. Luckily I have another longer cable that I have exchanged it for. Overall: a pocket-size rocket of an external hard drive.

 Happy days..

| | See all OliJordan's reviews (1)

Item arrived this morning, I have backed up my whole laptop on to it, heaps of space left. Looks great, is silent and transfers relatively quickly. Only downer I can think of is it didnt come with a case, i think it needs a case to protect the piano black finish. All in all very happy! x


| | See all eddie2k9's reviews (7)

Not much to say really, it is smart and works for me without any problems. A while ago my PC died a horrible death and I lost all my photos, music, etc. Would never go without one of these now.

 Excellent product

| | See all RFCDavie's reviews (1)

I bought this external drive about a year ago. It has been fantastic for me. Data writes to it pretty fast (about 30MB/s generally) and I haven't had any performance issues so far. It has a gorgeous blinking blue light on the front which makes it look very professional alongside the sleek black cover.

The drive is very lightweight. It comes with a very short cable which may not be to everyone's tastes, but seeing as I generally use the drive in my PS3 it's just right for me as it means I can sit it in my TV stand. If needs be you can connect a longer cable for when using with laptop or desktop (such as a PS3 controller cable).

I thoroughly recommend this product.

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