Buffalo MiniStation Extreme hardware encryption : Buffalo Technology

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme hardware encryption

Buffalo_2The market isn’t exactly short of external hard drives, but the latest product from Buffalo is a nice addition to its growing lineup of USB 3.0-packing storage solutions. The (89x18x128mm) not only supports the latest USB 3.0 and Buffalo’s TurboPC EX technology to deliver theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps (as long as your computer has a compatible port), but is enclosed in a highly shock-resistant chassis that meets . Plain speaking, the MiniStation Extreme should survive a drop of up to 2.3m and inevitable every day knocks and bumps.

Cable Confusion

The MiniStation Extreme is available in 500GB (£74) and 1TB (£134) varieties, with a choice of either piano-black, silver, or red colour options. It’s also kitted-out with an integrated USB 3.0 cable, which tucks in snugly to the side of the drive.

The downside to this convenience is that the cable is short, which is why Bufflo includes a rather unsightly cable extension. Overall, it’s a cumbersome and unattractive solution for connecting to a computer. On the plus side, the drive is powered by USB so you’d don’t need to carry a weighty AC adapter.

The cable design also raises some quality issues. Unclipping the cable from the top of the drive results in the almost impossible task of reattaching it. I was also concerned about the flimsy metal plate which sat too close to the now-exposed USB port—I expect that over time the metal place could shift slightly and prevent the cable from attaching (see photos and video below). The cable on my review sample never seemed to fit back quickly as tightly as before, either, which is worrying.

There’s a light at the top of the drive which illuminates green when powered by USB 2.0 and blue by USB 3.0, and also flickers when the drive is accessing data. Sadly there’s no power switch, a real pet hate of mine, so you’ll have to physically unlatch the drive from your computer to turn it off.

Military Standards

Rubberised parts and a shock resistant body help to make the MiniStation Extreme the most robust MiniStation to date, but Buffalo hasn’t neglected the equally important prerequisite of data security. Supplied with 256-bit AES encryption (not supported on Mac OS and Windows Server) that supposedly meets the US government’s standard for security, globe trotters can rest assured that their password-encrypted data is unavailable to prying eyes. Furthermore, The MiniStation Extreme’s fixed hard disk drive also means it’s pretty obvious to see if it has been tampered with.

Station d'accueil Vantec Piano 101 : accueillante ?  — 59Hardware.net
.. faire pour développer des supports de stockage externes compatibles avec la technologie révolutionnaire Thunderbolt : Les MiniStation. Les disques externes Buffalo Ministation intègrent soit un SSD soit un disque dur magnétique pour répondre à tous .

What's In.. Charlie Lim's Incase Backpack  — The Straits Times
Buffalo MiniStation: Thunderbolt 1TBI have a couple of these to store instrument samples and projects. It doesn't need any external power and runs off Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, so it's incredibly portable.

BUFFALO BUFFALO MiniStation Extreme 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HD-PZ1U3R Red
  • Integrated Wrap-around USB 3.0 cable
  • Backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • Hardware Encryption
  • Available in 3 colors (black, silver, red)
  • Ruggedized chassis with unique shock protection bumpers
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