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Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3

Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3
alaAverage 4.1

643 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 643 reviews of Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Hard Drives for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably.

portability, price, usability, reliability, size

On average, users rate this product 84/100 and experts rate this product 80/100.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Hard Drives on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, portability, reliability, size

89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Buffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Disk Drive - BlackBuffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Disk Drive - Black

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 260 user reviews of Buffalo MiniStation HD-PCTU3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Hard Drives on Amazon.com.

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BUFFALO MiniStation 500 GB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Thunderbolt Cable - HD-PA500TU3BUFFALO MiniStation 500 GB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Thunderbolt Cable - HD-PA500TU3

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: James Rivington (techradar.com)

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB review

 

The world's first portable 500GB hard drive comes at a price

Loads of capacity, Lightning fast speeds, pocket-sized

It's expensive

This is a fantastic product - possibly the best portable hard drive on the market. However, the price will be enough to put off all but the most needy of computer-users.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Buffalo Ministation USB 3.0 review

 

It comes with plenty of software but slow performance means the MiniStation isn't a particularly great-value disk

Considering it costs more than other 500GB portable disks but doesn’t offer better performance, the MiniStation isn’t particularly great value at roughly 12p per gigabyte. The

Consumer review by: thejuiceisback (newegg.com)

Built Buffalo tough

 

I paid about $90 for this back in 2012, and it was definitely worth the extra money for a quality product! Funny, I just bought a 4TB Buffalo EX HD for $140. I hope it lasts like this one! Great company!

Easy to install, and transfer pictures/movies

None, had this for about 3 years now, and last I used it, it was working perfectly

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: Eric (newegg.com)

So far so good...

 

I bought this with the intention of possibly changing out the hard drive with a SSD later or a larger one. Seems like it will be rather easy to open at this point. My only thought is that it would have been much nicer if they would have gone aluminum...

Very inexpensive for a thunderbolt drive. I also like that it is completely powered off the one cable. Speed seems to be much better than my USB portable hard drive that I paid more for last year. Also a big plus is that it comes with a thunderbolt...

So far I only have one con. The case while its aluminum on the bottom still feels very cheaply put together. The white plastic top feels kinda thin and I feel like I have to be more careful with it than other portable hard drives I have owned

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

BUFFALO HD-PCT500U3/B

 

I don't see why people complain about the flashing light.

Compact, quiet, and effective. The customer service is exceptionally good

The cord is a little short, so I had to purchase an extender. Nothing too big. Also, the read/write speeds are a little lower than I had initially expected, but are entirely acceptable

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: aveilleux (newegg.com)

Works very well

 

The "proprietary connector" mentioned in some other reviews is NOT proprietary. This is the new USB3.0 micro connector.

Very speedy drive. USB3.0 makes a HUGE difference in transfer speed. I used this to back up ~250 GB of data, and the difference between this and my old WD external was very noticeable

None that I could see

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Adamkew (newegg.com)

Great little device.

 

Small, light weight, USB powered. Does what I need it to do. Can easily take it anywhere. Great for those who do a lot of work on the computer at home and school

None

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Keybored (newegg.com)

Great Backup Drive

 

I've been needing a backup drive for a long time, and this was just perfect.

Fast transfers, varied between 40 and 60MB/s write doing a large backup via USB 3.0 ; Looks nice, small, blue/green activity light for USB 3.0/2.0 respectively ; Very well priced compared to other 500GB drives ; Very quiet. I can only hear it when I...

The smooth black surface collects fingerprints really easily

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: sandmanz (newegg.com)

Excellent Compact HD

 

Great external HD if you're looking for something on the go that's super easy to use.

USB 3.0 support ; Very compact ; No issues such as freezes etc ; Easy to use

None

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Dru (newegg.com)

4 star

 

Overall I say it was a great purchase especially when I picked it up for 50 dollars.

Small, Light, portable. Runs very cool. I can barely feel any heat when this thing is reading or writing for long periods

I was expecting faster write speeds. I currently average about 40MB/s transfers, I was hoping somewhere in the 60MB/s range would have been nice ; I have a usb 2.0 external drive that transfer 28MB/s so incomparison yes its faster but not as fast as I...

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Housing material:Plastic
Internal: No
LED Indicators:Power, Status / Power, Yes / Yes
On/Off switch: No

Disk Drive

File format system:FAT32
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 500
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A
SSD support: No

Energy Management

External power adapter: No
Input Voltage:5
Power consumption (typical):2.5 / 3.1
USB powered: Yes

Hard Drive

File format system:FAT32
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
SSD support:N

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6 +, Windows 7 (64-bit/32-bit) / Vista (64-bit/32-bit) / XP(32-bit) / Windows 7/Vista/XP\nMac OS X 10.4 + / Windows Vista\nWindows 7\nWindows XP\nWindows Server 2003 (32-bit)\nWindows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)\nWindows Server 2008 R2 (32-bit)\nWindows Server 2008\nMacOS X 10.5\nMacOS X 10.7 / Windows7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4
Data transfer rate (max):480
DC-in jack: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.17 x 5.12 x 0.886
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Internal: No
Mac compatibility: Yes
Number of products included:1
Supported data transfer rates:480 Mb/s, 5 Gb/s
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
Transfer rate (Mbps):480
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB powered:Y
USB required: Yes

Other features

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:1

Packaging Data

Bundled software:SecureLockMobile
Cables included:USB
Pouch: No

Performance

Card reader integrated: No
Data Transfer Rate:10 / 5000
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
USB data transfer rates:480,5000 / 5000
Wi-Fi: No
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt technology:Y
USB connectivity: Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:USB Type-A
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
Wi-Fi:N / No

Power

External power adapter:N
Input Voltage:5
Power consumption (typical):2.5 / 3.1
USB powered:Y

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Technical Details

Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.276 / 4.49 / 5.118 / 5.12 / 5.28
Height:0.551 / 0.669 / 0.787 / 0.886 / 0.906 / 1.97
Weight:5.29 / 5.82 / 7.27 / 7.41 / 7.76 / 8.47 / 9.17 / 9.171
Width:1.38 / 3.03 / 3.169 / 3.17 / 3.54