MiniStation™ Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
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MiniStation™ Plus
Portable USB 3.0/2.0 Storage with Secure Hardware Encryption

MiniStation™ Plus offers easy to use, shock resistent storage for PC or Mac with optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

  • USB 3.0
  • 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Shock Resistant Chassis
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MiniStation™ Plus is a portable USB 3.0 hard drive featuring optional hardware encryption in a compact and lightweight chassis. Store and back up your files to take on the go with USB 3.0/2.0 plug and play connectivity.


MiniStation Plus 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.


Shock protection elements surround the hard drive, protecting your data from damage due to minor bumps and drops. Safely and securely transport your content without worry of damage.


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.


Designed for mobility, MiniStation Plus occupies minimal space and offers USB 3.0 bus-powered mobile storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. It works with PC and Mac, so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on, even while on the go.

high-performance.jpgTURBOPC ENHANCEMENT

Utilizing the high speed RAM of your Windows PC, TurboPC can increase file transfer rates by up to 2X over competing USB 2.0 portable hard drives by making system adjustments to increase performance substantially.

Buffalo_Tools_Icon.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. 
  • RAMDISK is 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 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)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.23 x 4.65 x 0.63 in (HD-PNTU3), 3.23 x 4.65 x 0.75 in (HD-PNTU3B), 3.23 x 4.65 x 0.87 in (HD-PNTU3GB)
Weight 0.4 lb (HD-PNTU3), 0.5 lb (HD-PNT3B), 0.57 lb (HD-PNTU3GB)
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, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.7*
What's in the Box MiniStation Plus HD-PNTU3, USB 3.0 Cable, Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Statement
*Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work
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Do I need any software to use my MiniStation or DriveStation?

Buffalo external USB storage devices do 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.

Do I need to format my DriveStation or MiniStation before I can use it?

All Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation products come preformatted and are ready to use. It can also be reformatted to NTFS or HFS+ easily from any Windows® or Mac computer.

Do the MiniStation devices work with Mac OS?

Yes, all MiniStation devices support Mac OS X. However, many components of Buffalo Tools may not work in Mac OS. By default MiniStation is formatted for use in Windows. 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.

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 926.00 B
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2013-06-04 2.10   Readme for DriveNavigator
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 12.17 MB
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2016-09-20 1.40 Windows TurboPC EX
ZIP 810.62 KB
Serial Number Required »
2014-08-21 1.22 Windows SecureLock Manager Easy
ZIP 383.27 KB
Serial Number Required »
2014-08-13 1.20 Windows Disk Formatter2 Utility
ZIP 4.09 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-01-16 1.17 Windows Backup Utility
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
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 97.68 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-06-04 2.10   DriveNavigator for HD-PNTU3
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 834.00 B
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2016-09-20 1.40 Windows TurboPC EX Readme
TXT 651.00 B
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2014-08-21 1.22 Windows Readme for SecureLock Manager Easy
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