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Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive - Black

by Buffalo
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • 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
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Buffalo HD-PCF1.0U3BB-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Buffalo HD-PCF1.0U3BB-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0 2.5 Inch Hard Drive 4.1 out of 5 stars (31)
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Technical Details
Item Weight163 g
Product Dimensions11.4 x 7.7 x 1.4 cm
Item model numberHD-PC1TU2/BB-EU
SeriesHD-PC1TU2/BB Ministation
Hard Drive Size1 TB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Wattage2.5 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 12,620 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
Date First Available25 Jan 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Buffalo’s MiniStation Portable 1TerraByte USB 2.0 Hard Drive offers a compact, sleek, lightweight and portable plug and play storage solution. Store, back up and transport digital images, music and other files without taking up space on your PC hard-drive. PC and Mac Compatible straight from the box and no further power supply needed as the drive is powered direct from the USB port of your Laptop. Measuring just 114mm * 77mm * 14mm and weighing just 165g, it’s sleek, compact and lightweight in a black slim line chassis makes this a stylish drive which is ideal for anyone who is looking for a truly portable storage system. Using a maximum power consumption of 2.5W and compatible with Windows 7 (32bit,64bit), Windows Vista (32bit,64bit), Windows XP, Mac OS10.4 or later operating systems the drive will transfer data at a speedy 480Mbps(max achievable transfer rate) ensuring that not only does it have a large capacity but data is quickly and easily stored or accessed. The 1TB capacity will hold up to 280,000 digital photos or 24,000 songs at CD quality or 400 films at DVD quality or 120 hours of High Definition Video. Access to your stored data is very easy due to the plug and play nature of the drive, just plug the drive into any PC or Mac using the stated operating systems via the included USB cable and your information will be seen automatically with no confusing or difficult drivers or firmware to download. To copy data to the drive it is just a case of dragging and dropping the required information from your PC/Mac to the drive. Buffalo Technology is a proven worldwide leader in storage technology with over 30 years development and manufacturing experience in the IT industry. The company prides itself on both the innovative, easy to use technology and the quality of their product which is backed up by its commitment to customer service and the 2 year warranty extended to all Buffalo Products.

Product Description

Highlights: 1 TB storage capacity USB 2.0 interface USB power supply

Technical Specifications: ATT.EXTERNAL_HARDDISC_CONNECTION_TYPE: USB 2.0 Colour: Black Dimensions: (L x W x H) 114 x 77 x 14 mm Interfaces (type-maintain without number): 1x USB 2.0 Memory capacity: 1 TB

Description: The portable USB hard disc MiniStation from Buffalo is a compact, slim and lightweight portable memory storage solution. Store, save and transport pictures, music and other files, without occupying memory space on the hard disc of your PC. Compatible for PC and Mac Ready to use thanks to Plug and Play Function USB power supply - no power supply needed. Compact and light in a black slim housing

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sleek external hard disk 21 Sep 2011
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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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Returning to Amazon 19 Jan 2012
By Jenni
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I originally gave this product 5 stars, but it has suddenly stopped working! I bought mine back in June and it was fantastic, but all of a sudden... a nightmare!

The drive started to make a loud crackling noise and when I tried to access it (on my Mac which I had done countless times before) it said drive was inaccessible & needed to be reformatted. All my work lost AND when trying reformat it just caused the computer to crash. Every time!

Sending this back to Amazon. Remember you get a 12 month warranty on products bought directly from Amazon.

I ignored the bad reviews as this seemed to have more good ones. oh dear!
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately I have had two of these devices fail on me in a very short period of time. My first hard drive crashed in the middle of an episode I was watching from it. After that it was not recognised by my computer again. The light still came on but it made some horrible noises. I contacted Buffalo as it was within its warranty. They took a long time to get back to me to tell me they required proof of purchase etc. They then issued me with a Product Return Form which I sent to Amazon who provided me with a replacement. Buffalo said they could not help me in trying to recover any of the valuable data I had lost as a result of a faulty product. I was unable to try and recover it my self as I would invalidate my warranty.

Amazon were brilliant in their communication with me and were quick to get a replacement model to me even before I had sent the failed drive back to them. I put it down to bad luck and decided to try again. After a few weeks (and a lot of time trying to rebuild and organise Gbs of data)the hard drive failed. This time it just wasn't recognised any more. The noises it made were not quite as offensive as the last but it is dead for sure. As before, when the blue light does eventually come on it is a solid blue rather than flashing to indicate its functioning. To say I am gutted is an understatement. You can not put a price on the data I have lost as a result of these hard drives, not to mention the amount of my time I have wasted. Amazon have agreed to give me a refund and I will certainly be choosing a different make and model next time.

Do not be seduced by this hard drive's beauty - It will only break your heart!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this product! 15 Feb 2012
By njsyner
I do not usually write reviews but I want people to know not to buy this product! I only bought it back in September and a couple of weeks ago it started to make a really loud clicking noise and then just stopped working. My computer and other computers no longer recognised it. I am so annoyed because I had a lot of stuff on there for work. Luckily, most of it had been backed up. I have just sent it back to Amazon for a refund. Don't bother ringing up Buffalo as they are useless. I would go for a WD passport hard drive. Again, please don't buy this product - you will be disappointed.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking compact drive at an excellent price 27 May 2011
Looks & Design:
The Buffalo Ministation 1TB portable hard drive stands by its model name - it is super mini in terms of size, but slightly heavy and so a station. But most of the 1TB drives are a bit heavy. Hence can't complain. The looks are really good and the blue light adds to its charm.

Rating - 5 stars

Ease of use:
Works just out of the box. It's simple and easy to use. Instructions are neat and clean to format for individual requirements.
The USB cable is lengthier than the one supplied with my previous WD hard drive. So no complaints on that front.

Rating - 5 stars

Amazon delivery was perfect. Came on the 3rd day of the order.

Rating - 5 stars

As far as the speed goes, I do not have any special s/w to measure this. So just used a stop clock and it turned out to be as below.
One large file - 171 MB - 9 secs to write - 152 Mbps
Even larger file - 282 MB - 13 secs to write - 174 Mbps
A huge file - 8GB - 320 secs to write - 204 Mbps
Multiple files in multiple folder - size 9GB - 829 secs to write - 98 Mbps

As you can see for multiple files the write speed falls, which is as expected.
USB 2.0 supports upto 480 Mbps. But that is raw speed without considering the OS and PCI bus over heads. Hence in reality this speed cannot be achieved.

The above results appear to me as decent speed. But I was not able to compare with other drives as I do not have the data.

Rating - 4 stars

Portable hard drives can be judged only after a period of time. My previous WD elements lasted just for 2 years, with minimal usage.

Rating - TBD

I am pleased with the product. Recommended
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by dave fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Ok
I bought this product and 12 months later the harddrive got corrupt and started flashing and the disc inside sounded like it was stuck would not recommend try wd elements... Read more
Published 21 days ago by j1010
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Greatest invention ever. This little beauty stayed me well during my travels in Africa and swapping between users. It is still going almost 2 years later.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Cunningham
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed after 19 months
Drive worked fine when used 2 or 3 times a month, but failed after 19 months after writing c. 700Gb of files to it.
Published 5 months ago by Roger Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars External hard drive
Great: Keep all my photos on this; so loads of room. Won't have to worry about photo recovery next time my computer goes west!
Published 6 months ago by bearzandwoods
1.0 out of 5 stars Died within 6 hours of first use
Dreadful experience with this drive. It died after 6 hours of use - slow flashing blue LED light and no access to data. Data recovery failed and the drive couldn't be formatted. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. R. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Supersatisfied with it
Amazing little thing, that fits all my media files.
Small and light to travel around.
Connectivity and usage is easy.
Quality stuff
Value for money.
Published 7 months ago by George Christou
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job
Very small and easily transported in a sturdy case (also bought from Amazon for a few pence) and has been on the road for many days and as well as back at base attached via a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Had this over a year and works perfectly. Looks very nice too but it will scratch so be carefull with it.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
store all my family pictures with no issues.

its a good size, iked the combination of high capacity with no power lead required.
Published 9 months ago by Sahan Asad
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