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MiniStation Extreme is a rugged portable hard drive equipped with a unique wrap-around USB cable and secure hardware encryption. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac and provides interface speeds up to 5 Gbps.
MiniStation Extreme features US Military Standard shock protection with a ruggedized chassis and specialized bumpers designed to absorb and transfer shock away from the hard disk due to accidental bumps and drops from up to 2 meters. The convenient integrated wrap-around cable hugs the body to ensure you’re always ready to connect while on the go. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road; with 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can rest assured your data is safe, wherever you go. Store, back up and transport your content safely and securely.
Great Little Device
Pros: I like the actual hardware, it has a very nice feel. One side is shiny and the other side has a kind of nonskid texture to it. I really like the fact that Buffalo put a flex connect USB cable on it. At first I did not like this feature, in fact the first time I tried to use it I was very unhappy, but after I really looked at it I can see that it gives the external hard drive a much longer life. No small ports to break, no small pins to bend, just a good solid cable that folds into the side of the external housing. One of my favorite parts of the Buffalo MiniStation is the LED indicator that does flash like a standard LED indicator so you can see the connectivity while data is being transferred. I did drop it while I was sending data. “The drop was about 9 inches” I wanted to see what would happen. It kept on working just like I would expect it to with it being mil-spec. I have to say that I treated this a bit rough, I am a busy high level tech and this little MiniStation went with me all over. It’s small enough that I can put it in my pocket and bend over without any pain “you know when the big device in your pocket pinches your skin on your leg”. I really loved the encryption software, it makes this a much more attractive buy and I feel safer knowing that if it is stolen it does have a layer of protection. The biggest draw for me was that you don’t have to use the added software that Buffalo gives with you to use the encryption. I personally set up the encryption without having to install the Turbo PC EX which was very nice.
Cons: The biggest drawback for me was the included software. The Turbo PC EX was just bulky. The systems tray was always in the right upper corner of my screen and I would sometimes click on the expansion tab by accident. I was also saddened to see that the transfer speeds were not noticeably higher like the software said they were going to be. “I have put the transfer speeds in my thoughts section”. One of the easy ways to get rid of the tool tray is to do an MSConfig and turn off the software on startup. I have to say that if you are a light user of PC this might seem a bit daunting. One big issue I ran into about the device in general is that the password auto pop up does not always work, so when you plug in the Buffalo MiniStation you can see the device but you cannot access it because you have not put in the encryption password. There is an easy fix for this, open the Drive folder and you will see “password.exe”, just double click on that and the password input box will pop up and allow you to enter your password. You should never have to do this, Buffalo needs to fix that! When you delete large files from the device it does take a long time. I left my biggest gripe for the end the Turbo PC EX software took over my transfer settings and every time I plugged in a USB storage device Turbo PC would pop up. Some of my USB devices are set as bootable devices and for some unknown reason this would freeze the whole USB device.
Other Thoughts: I was not able to make it go from PC to Mac with the encryption on, the password file was unreadable. I wish the documentation for PC was as in depth as it is for MAC. For my speeds I was ranging from 28.7 to 31.4 MB per second on USB 2.0 using an HDD hard drive. On USB 3.0 I was getting speeds of 110 to 128 MB per second using an HDD hard drive. I would buy the Buffalo MiniStation, it is a reliable device. I am taking away one egg for the added software issues and the fact that the password.exe does not always populate properly. I would have liked the drive to be wiped after the third wrong password input but it only closes the password pop up window. Great Little Device With Good Features
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Not that "extreme," but definitely a good external
Pros: Small (fits in a jeans pocket).
Cons: Half the body is slick plastic while the other half is a nice textured rubber. The slick plastic gets slippery if your hands are at all sweaty, and while the drive can survive drops I don't really WANT to be dropping it.
Other Thoughts: I do a lot of work in medical offices. This means hard floors, harsh chemicals, and either xrays or scalpels. In the past we have subjected flash drives to xrays (calibrating the machines) and the buffalo gets the same treatment without really caring.
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Eggxpert review - Good Hardware, mediocre software
Pros: The actual Hardware I give 5 eggs to, the software gets 3 eggs, so 4 eggs overall. The drive does hold up to being dropped 60" onto a linoleum floor. The semi-attached mini-cable is handy, although short, but an extender cable is supplied.
Cons: The Hardware only has minor cons. The thin edges (except one) are rounded, so the drive can't stand on edge. The mini-cable is very hard to remove without eventually causing the inner mini-USB3 plug damage. The mini-cable, although it has standard USB connector, has the inner one at a 90 degree angle down and runs length wise to the cable (see attached photo). In theory, a standard cable could be used, or used as a replacement, but the inner socket orientation effectively makes it a manufacturers only item.
Other Thoughts: Out of Box tests when reading and writing to/from SSD:
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“The actual Hardware I give 5 eggs to, the software gets 3 eggs, so 4 eggs overall. The drive does hold up to being dropped ...”— rickz65 4/10/2013
“I like the actual hardware, it has a very nice feel. One side is shiny and the other side has a kind of nonskid texture to ...”— willisp 4/19/2013