I wanted a compact external drive for backing up my files. I had some criteria it had to meet
* It had to be about a terrabyte
* Prefer not to lug around external power supply
* Compact enough to carry around
* Reasonable price
* USB connection
With these in mind, I trawled what was available on Amazon. There were many external drives available, but the Buffalo HD-PCTU2 Ministation fitted the bill.
It is a 1.0TB drive that runs entirely off an USB 2.0 connection. So no awkward external power supply to clutter up the place. On the packaging is states 'No 1 sales in Japan'. So they are obviously very popular and must be doing something right to reach that position.
On opening the package, you are presented with a sleek, piano black box that fits comfortably in the hand. It is very light, 210g, so it is easy to carry around. The only connection to it is the mini USB connector tucked away in a top corner.
It comes with a very short USB to Mini USB cable - it is 34cm long. Whilst this is OK, I would have prefered a longer one for more flexibility with locating the drive.
When I connected it to my Windows PC running Win 7, it was immediately recognised and a driver was installed automatically. Within a minute of connecting I could see it as a drive in explorer.
It also works with a Mac by making use of the 'Mac' folder contained on the drive.
In use, the drive is silent and conveniently fast. A trendy blue edge light flashes when there is activity.
Overall, I am very pleased with it.