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MiniStation™ DataVault - HDS-PHU2

Buffalo's MiniStation DataVault offers a secure, compact, lightweight, shock resistant portable hard drive storage solution. Store, back up and transport digital images, music and other files without taking up space on your PC's hard drive. Best of all, the MiniStation DataVault includes full disk encryption to keep the data, personal e-mail and Web favorites stored on your portable harddrive with you at all times - private and secure.

• HDD is suspended on shock absorbers within the case
• TurboUSB Increases Your Data Transfer Speeds!
• High-Speed 5400 rpm Hard Drive
• Plug-n-Play - ready for immediate use
• USB Powered - No Power Supply Needed
Memeo™ AutoBackup Software automatically backs up files from your PC and Mac.

Encrypted external harddrive with wrap-around cable

Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
USB Specifications
Standard Compliance USB 2.0 / 1.1
Connector Type USB Series A
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rates Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0 Mode), Max. 12 Mb/s (USB 1.1 Mode)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.3 x 5.0 x 0.9 in
Weight 7.9 oz
Power Consumption 2.5 W (Max)
Power Supply DC 5V (USB powered)
Client OS Support Windows® 2000 SP3, Windows® Vista™(32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.6
Operating Environment 41-95°
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Can I encrypt my entire MiniStation DataVault?

Yes, once you remove the DataVault from your PC or Mac it automatically locks, preventing any unauthorized access. However, aside from the main data partition, which is always encrypted, a small utility partition remains unencrypted for easy access.

Can I replace the hard drives in my MiniStation DataVault by myself?

During the warranty period, please send the unit back to Buffalo Americas and we will replace any defective drives for you.

Do I need to format the MiniStation DataVault before I can use it?

All Buffalo MiniStation products come preformatted and are ready to use.

Is the MiniStation DataVault compatible with Windows Server 2000, 2003 or 2008

Yes. The MiniStation DataVault works perfectly with Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. However, some of the included software (Memeo AutoBackup) is not compatible with server versions of Windows.

Will my MiniStation DataVault work on my Mac?

Yes, the MiniStation DataVault will work perfectly on your Mac with OS X 10.4.11 and later. However, keep in mind that the MiniStation DataVault is pre-formatted with a FAT32 file system. Certain Mac features (TimeMachine) will require that you re-format the MiniStation DataVault with your Mac for the HFS Plus file system.

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 1.15 MB
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2008-08-22 2.3 Windows® 2000 SP3, Windows® Vista®, Windows®XP, Disk Formatter Manual
PDF 652.96 KB
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2008-08-22 1.0 Windows® 2000 SP3, Windows® Vista®, Windows®XP, HDS-PHUS Manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 908.67 KB
Serial Number Required »
2010-03-23 2.40 Mac TurboUSB for Mac - Increases USB transfer speeds
ZIP 32.75 MB
Serial Number Required »
2009-03-27 1.0   Apps that go on Encrypted Drive
ZIP 86.78 MB
Serial Number Required »
2008-12-29 1.0 Windows Backup Utility
ZIP 910.51 KB
Serial Number Required »
2008-12-29 1.0 Windows SecureDisk utility
ZIP 378.99 KB
Serial Number Required »
2008-12-29 1.0 Windows TurboUSB
ZIP 9.41 MB
Serial Number Required »
2008-12-29 1.0 Mac Mac Utility
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 129.93 MB
Serial Number Required »
2008-12-29 1.0 Windows Production image