MiniStation offers high speed USB 3.0 bus-powered portable storage in a compact and lightweight chassis. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac®, providing interface speeds up to 5 Gbps*.



The MiniStation is a simple portable storage and backup device that works with nearly any PC or Mac.


  • Plug-and-play setup provides easy to use storage and backup
  • USB 3.0 offers universal connectivity for PC and Mac computers
  • Schedule automatic backups for PC computers with Buffalo Backup Utility
  • Time Machine® support offers scheduled backups for protecting Mac computers
  • Compact design makes it easy to take your files on the go


MiniStation provides reliable, easy to use portable storage to quickly expand the capacity of your PC or Mac computer with universal USB 3.0 plug-and-play.


Schedule regular backups for your PC with Buffalo Backup Utility or use Time Machine for your Mac. Protect all of your data, down to the last byte.


Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on Buffalo's MiniStation. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.

  • Buffalo's Backup Utility is a 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 helps to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive.
  • 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 Gbps
Hard drive sizes 1 TB, 2 TB

USB Interface

Standards compliance USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Data transfer rates 5 Gbps* (USB 3.0)
480 Mbps* (USB 2.0)
Connector type Micro B
Number of ports 1

* 480 Mbps and 5 Gbps are the maximum transfer rates derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 and 3.0. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors. 


Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.53 x 2.99 x 0.55 in (HD-PCF1.0U3BB)
4.53 x 2.99 x 0.76 in (HD-PCF2.0U3GB)
Weight 6.52 oz (HD-PCF1.0U3BB)
8.46 oz (HD-PCF2.0U3GB)
Power consumption Max 4.5W
Power supply DC 5 V (USB powered)
Client OS support Windows® 10
Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® XP
Mac OS® X 10.5 or later*
Box contents MiniStation, USB 3.0 Cable, 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.




    File Size Post Date Version OS Support Notes
2016-29-06 Manuals and Quick Setup Guides for the MiniStation
2016-25-04 Reformatting Guide for DriveStation / Ministation
0.577 KB 2016-25-04 1.07 Windows Readme for Buffalo Tools Launcher
0.644 KB 2016-25-04 1.17 Windows Readme for Backup Utility
1.09 MB 2016-25-04 1.02 Windows Readme for Disk Formatter2
0.605 KB 2016-25-04 1.35 Windows TurboPC EX Readme
2016-25-04 2.38 Windows SecureLock Mobile Manual
2016-20-05 9 Ecomanager Manual


    File Size Post Date Version OS Support Notes
312.39 KB 2016-25-04 1.07 Windows Buffalo Tools Launcher
4.09 MB 2016-25-04 1.17 Windows Backup Utility
383.27 KB 2016-25-04 1.20 Windows Disk Formatter2 Utility
12.15 MB 2016-25-04 1.35 Windows TurboPC EX
2016-20-05 2.38 SecureLock Mobile
2016-20-05 1.50 Ecomanager for HD-PCF