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MiniStation™ Extreme
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MiniStation™ Extreme USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Rugged Portable Hard Drive MIL-SPEC HD-PZU3
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 Rugged Portable Hard Drive MIL-SPEC HD-PZU3
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0
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MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0
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MiniStation™ Extreme
Portable USB 3.0/2.0 Storage with MIL-SPEC Shock Protection

MiniStation™ Extreme offers easy to use storage for PC or Mac with MIL-SPEC shock protection, an integrated wrap around USB cable and optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

  • USB 3.0
  • MIL-SPEC Shock Protection
  • 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Integrated Wrap-Around USB Cable
500 GB (black) / HD-PZ500U3B
500 GB (red) / HD-PZ500U3R
500 GB (silver) / HD-PZ500U3S
1 TB (black) / HD-PZ1.0U3B
1 TB (red) / HD-PZ1.0U3R
1 TB (silver) / HD-PZ1.0U3S
US MIL-SPEC Rugged Shock Protection from drops up to 2 meters.
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RUGGED PORTABLE USB 3.0/2.0 HARD DRIVE WITH ENCRYPTION

MiniStation™ Extreme is a rugged portable hard drive equipped with a unique wrap-around USB cable and optional secure hardware encryption. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with both PC and Mac®.


USB_Icon.jpgUSB 3.0/2.0 COMPATIBILITY

MiniStation Extreme features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with interface speeds up to 5 Gbps and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. The preformatted hard drive requires no driver or software installation and is ready for immediate use.


Mil-spec.jpgMIL-SPEC SHOCK PROTECTION

MiniStation Extreme features US Military Standard shock protection. Its ruggedized chassis and specialized internal bumpers absorb and transfer shock away from the hard disk due to accidental bumps and drops from up to 2 meters.


flex_connect.jpgINTEGRATED FLEXIBLE USB CABLE

MiniStation Extreme features an integrated Flex Connect USB cable, ensuring you'll never search for or misplace your cable again. The cable neatly wraps around and attaches to the chassis for a scatter-free solution.


Data_Encryption.jpgAVAILABLE HARDWARE ENCRYPTION

Optional 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorized access. Simply assign a password to the hard drive at setup and your data is shielded from wandering eyes.


Speedometer.jpgTURBOPC EX ENHANCEMENT

Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC EX can increase file transfer rates by up to 4X* over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives by making system adjustments to increase performance substantially.


Buffalo_Tools.jpgBUFFALO 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 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.
  • eco Manager is an energy efficiency tool used to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity. 
  • TurboPC includes two components to enhance file transfer performance with external hard drives. It also includes TurboCopy which provides additional system adjustments to increase performance substantially.
  • SecureLock software for Windows® 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 Micro-B type
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rates Max. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0), Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0)
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Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.51 x 5.04 x 0.71 in
Weight 8.12 oz
Power Supply DC 5 V (USB powered)
Power Consumption 3.1 W (Max)
Client OS Support Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit)*, Windows Server® 2003 R2 (32-bit)*, Windows Server® 2008 (32/64-bit)*, Windows Server® 2008 R2 (64-bit)*, Mac OS® X 10.5 or later*†
What's in the Box MiniStation Extreme HD-PZU3, USB 3.0 Cable, USB 3.0 Extension Cable, Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Statement

*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work.

†The HDD default format is NTFS; to work with Mac, reformat the HDD using Mac Disk Utility.

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FAQs

Can I replace the hard drives in MiniStation Extreme by myself?

MiniStation Extreme 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'' SATA HDD.

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Can I use a longer USB cable with MiniStation Extreme?

Yes, MiniStation Extreme features a standard Mini-USB 3.0 connection and the integrated cable is removable for use with user-supplied USB cables. Included in the package is USB 3.0 extension cable.

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Do I need any software to use MiniStation Extreme?

MiniStation Extreme 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 used.

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Does MiniStation Extreme support Apple Time Machine?

Yes, MiniStation Extreme supports Time Machine. Please see the above bullet regarding format support for Mac OS.

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Does MiniStation Extreme work with Mac OS?

Yes, MiniStation Extreme supports Mac OS X. However, many components of Buffalo Tools may not work in Mac OS. By default MiniStation Extreme is formatted in NTFS. It requires formatting by Mac OS by using Mac's included "Disk Utility" software (Inside the Utilities folders in Applications). Also, there is 3rd party software for Mac OS that allows Mac to support NTFS.

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How does hardware encryption work on MiniStation Extreme?

MiniStation Extreme features a hardware encryption chip that encrypts all data on the hard drive. The encryption is always on, but it is completely transparent to the user and device until a password is enabled. Once the password is enabled, it MUST be provided to access the data. It cannot be circumvented by removing the hard drive from the MiniStation Extreme. The data on the device is encrypted by the highest standard of encryption available on the market today. Also, if you do not use the password and remove the drive from the enclosure, the data will still be encrypted and inaccessible outside of the MiniStation Extreme's chassis.

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How fast is the hard drive inside MiniStation Extreme?

MiniStation Extreme features a high-speed 5,400rpm SATA hard drive.

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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.

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Is MiniStation Extreme ruggedized?

MiniStation Extreme includes a shock absorber chassis designed to protect the drive from shocks and drops seen in the everyday world. Its shock protection is based on US Military Grade standards (MIL-SPEC) and is generally designed to protect it from drops up to 2 meters.

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Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 926.00 B
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2013-06-04 2.10   Readme for the CD Image
PDF 7.94 MB
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2011-10-27      
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 4.09 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.17 Windows Backup Utility
ZIP 11.91 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.12 Windows TurboPC EX
ZIP 4.56 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 3.25 Windows RAMDisk Utility
ZIP 312.39 KB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.07 Windows Buffalo Tools Launcher
ZIP 382.93 KB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.02 Windows Disk Formatter2 Utility
ZIP 787.59 KB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.19 Windows SecureLock Manager Easy
ZIP 787.59 KB
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2012-10-31 1.19   Securelock Manager Easy.  Windows 8 compatible
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 97.67 MB
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2013-06-04 2.10   CD Image
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 644.00 B
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2013-01-16 1.17 Windows Readme for Backup Utility
TXT 561.00 B
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2013-01-16 1.12 Windows Readme for TurboPC EX
TXT 865.00 B
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2013-01-16 3.25 Windows Readme for RAMDisk Utility
TXT 577.00 B
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2013-01-16 1.07 Windows Readme for Buffalo Tools Launcher
PDF 1.09 MB
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2013-01-16 1.02 Windows Readme for Disk Formatter2
TXT 646.00 B
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2013-01-16 1.19 Windows Readme for SecureLock Manager Easy
TXT 646.00 B
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2012-10-31 1.19   Readme for Securelock Manager Easy version 1.19
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 2.20 MB
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2014-03-04     Quick Setup Guide for HD-PZU3

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