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BUFFALO MiniStation Extreme 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive HD-PZ1.0U3R Red

  • MIL-SPEC Shock Protection
  • 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Integrated Wrap-Around USB Cable
  • 3 year Warranty
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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.


  • newegg USB 3.0 interface The MiniStation Extreme features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with TurboPC EX for maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 enabled desktop computers and notebooks.
  • newegg MIL-SPEC Ruggedized Shock Absorbing Design MiniStation Extreme features US Military Standard ruggedized chassis and unique shock protection bumpers designed to efficiently absorb and transfer shock away from the hard disk, protecting your data from accidental bumps and drops up to 2.3 meters.
  • newegg Flex Connect USB Cable Removable & integrated USB cable snaps to chassis for improved portability. The MiniStation Extreme is USB powered, a perfect companion for your laptop or netbook - no external power supply needed.
  • newegg Hardware Disk Encryption Automatic 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access.
  • newegg Backup and Manage Your Data with Buffalo Tools Buffalo Tools is software suite of tools designed to boost PC performance and enhance your digital life. The Buffalo's Backup Utility is an easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive. The Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Peter K.
  • 12/2/2013 1:19:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat drive, poor warranty rules

Pros: Excellent form factor, rugged, integral cable

Cons: Integral cable very short (but long enough for notebook computer), Warranty rule where you cannot pay for replacement and then send back your unit, but need to live 2 weeks without drive...

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive along with my then-new Macbook Pro Retina, due to the very fast but not very large flash drive in the MBPR. I put all video, most photos, any movies, and other large, rarely used files on the Buffalo external drive (everything backed-up to larger HDs with Time Machine). Drive is whole-drive encrypted by Mac OS X.

So, it has worked solidly, and is small and light enough to take with me if I need it. A few weeks ago, it stopped working, After searching the web, I tried the slow-insertion-of-USB-plug trick to fool it into USB2 and sure enough, it worked. I copied everything off it onto a 3TB drive in case it died completely, and since then have used it (rarely) using the USB2 trick. Contacted Buffalo to told me there is no way to get a replacement drive or USB-3 cable. Actually, the first person I talk with initially said they'd send out a cable, then that the cable wasn't user-replaceable so they'd send out a drive and I have 30 days to return my drive. I received an email for RMA but couldn't complete the form on Buffalo's site, and called the offered phone number. I was then told that they don't do a pre-replacement with my drive, and I need to send it back where they then have up to 2 weeks to fix it or replace it. I'm not worried about my data, just about not having a larger drive for 2 weeks. Frankly, I'd trade a bit of quality on the drive for better customer support. Still debating just buying another drive (today is Cyber Monday) or getting this one fixed.

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  • 3/10/2013 9:28:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBuffalo Ext HD

Pros: I like USB3 backup fast

Cons: Didn't bother using built in software, just let windows 7 pro recognize it and load drivers, is that a con or me just refusing to learn other software?

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  • Ging L.
  • 8/14/2012 9:42:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Encryption. Works and have not yet died.

Cons: Encryption doesn't work with mac.

Other Thoughts: Good item and have used it as a backup drive instead of the raid nas that are available. Less power consumption and light weight and easy to store.

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