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Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ultra-Slim Portable Hard Drive with TurboPC <br />
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MiniStation™ Cobalt USB 3.0 - HD-PEU3

MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 is the latest generation of Buffalo’s external storage solutions, delivering interface speeds 10 times faster than USB 2.0.  Designed for mobility, MiniStation Cobalt HD-PEU3 can store and move tons of photo, video, music and data files at previously unavailable speeds in a compact and lightweight form, perfect for travel. Plus, the Cobalt is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and it works with PC and Mac®, so you can access your files from nearly any computer. Included with the Cobalt is Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich suite of PC performance enhancement tools. With Buffalo Tools, users can boost transfer performance by an additional 25% using TurboPC, conserve energy and battery consumption by utilizing ECO Manager and back up PCs with the easy to use Buffalo's Backup Utility. With a variety of capacities available, you can quickly back up massive amounts of important digital assets at super speeds.

This model is discontinued. See MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0 - HD-PCTU3.

· Compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0: Support for legacy USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0
· Compact and Lightweight: Super-slim, lightweight design saves space for ultimate portability
· TurboPC for Windows®: Increase file transfer rates by up to 25% over competing USB 3.0 portable hard drives
· Connect and Go: Preformatted hard drive is ready for immediate use with Windows and Mac®
· Buffalo's Backup Utility: Easy-to-use comprehensive backup software for Windows PCs
· USB Powered: Perfect companion for your laptop or netbook - No external power supply needed
· Eco-Minded: Included ECO Manager conserves energy by cutting power to the hard drive during extended periods of inactivity
· Time Machine® Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer
· Show your Style: Available in the ultra-sleek Blue Onyx color!

*5 Gbps is the maximum interface rate derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 and the ExpressCard. Actual transfer rate will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rate, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors. For USB 3.0 transfer speeds, a USB 3.0 interface card (IFC-PCIE2U3 or IFC-EC2U3/UC) or USB 3.0 port is required. IFC-PCIE2U3 and IFC-EC2U3/UC are sold separately.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and TurboPC

Ideal for the active individual, MiniStation Cobalt HD-PEU3 can store and move tons of photo, video, music and data files at rapid speeds in a compact and lightweight form, designed for travel. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 offers maximum interface speeds of up to 5 Gbps*, an amazing 10 times faster than USB 2.0. you can boost performance by additional 25% using TurboPC.

Compact and Convenient 

Designed for mobility, the Cobalt’s compact contemporary design occupies minimal space and offers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 powered mobile storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. Plus, the Cobalt works with PC and Mac® so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on.

Backup and Manage Your Data with Buffalo Tools!
Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on many Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation storage products. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.

Buffalo's Backup Utility: 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.
ECO Manager: Energy efficiency tool conserves energy and reduces battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.
RAMDISK: A simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC which creates a small, but extremely fast environment to work on files in.
SecureLock: Windows software that provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
USB Specifications
Standard Compliance USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Connector Type 1 USB
Number of Ports 1
Interface Rates Max. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0 mode), Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0 Mode)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.4 x 0.6 in
Weight 6.5 oz
Power Supply DC 5V (USB powered)
Power Consumption 2.5 W (Max)
Client OS Support Windows® 7(32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows Server® 2003*, Windows Server® 2008*, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.6*
*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported in these operating systems, some included utilities may not work.
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Can I encrypt data on MiniStation Cobalt?

MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 supports SecureLock Software Encryption for Windows PCs. SecureLock allows users to encrypt the device using software and processing power from the Windows PC, preventing access to Cobalt's data without the specified password.

Can I replace the hard drive in the MiniStation Cobalt by myself?

MiniStation Cobalt comes equipped with a hard drive installed. It is not designed nor supported for users to replace the hard drive, and doing so will void the product warranty. The internal hard drive is a standard 2.5"

Can I use a longer USB cable with MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0?

Yes, MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 features a standard USB 3.0 micro connection and supports use with user-supplied USB cables. Please note that USB 3.0 micro connections are different than USB 3.0 mini connections.

Do I need any software to use MiniStation Cobalt?

MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 does not require any software to use as an external hard drive in Windows® or Mac. The Buffalo Tools suite of software is optional software that provides performance enhancing technologies, backup, and encryption amongst other features. To use these features, software components must be installed.

Does MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 support Apple Time Machine®?

Yes, MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 supports Time Machine in USB 2.0 modes. Apple does not yet offer Mac® computers equipped with USB 3.0, but when they do, MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 will also support Time Machine over USB 3.0.

How much faster is USB 3.0 than USB 2.0, and in real-world portable hard drive performance, what does it mean?

USB 3.0 as an interface is about 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (5 Gbps compared to 480 Mbps respectively). The USB 3.0 interface allows an external hard drive to perform at its maximum whereas USB 2.0 interface creates a bottle neck, restricting hard drive performance. A typical USB 2.0 hard drive offers performance about 1/3 of the actual hard drive inside the enclosure. With USB 3.0, there is no interface bottleneck, providing transfer rates about three times faster than a USB 2.0 external hard drive.

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 663.00 B
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2011-03-08 1.20   Readme for DriveNavigator for HD-PEU3 Ver.1.20
PDF 2.03 MB
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2010-05-25     User's Manual for HD-PEU3
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 71.26 MB
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2010-05-24 1.00   Original Drive Contents for HD-PEU3
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 72.63 MB
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2011-03-08 1.20   DriveNavigator for HD-PEU3 Ver.1.20