Buffalo MiniStation Stealth Review

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If you're simply looking for cheap storage, the Buffalo MiniStation Stealth should grab your interest. This 500GB drive offers the lowest cost per gigabyte of any of the models on our list. On the down side, users and experts complain that data transfer rates are pretty slow for a USB 3.0 drive.

There's good and there's ho-hum with this external hard drive, according to Buffalo MiniStation Stealth reviews.

A top-notch software package that can back up multiple computers and includes data restore and encryption functions and a RAM disk utility for the primary computer wins accolades from Expert Reviews. Consumers' Buffalo MiniStation Stealth reviews at Amazon say the drive is a cinch to set up and they even contain a few suggestions, such as perusing the entire menu of installation options before clicking on the first one so you can choose the software tools you want. The quiet operation and compact size also appeal to users, and reviews posted at B&H often mention ease of use, noting this drive works right out of the box, even with a Mac; several, however, balk at the proprietary cable. Another minor source of irritation is the plastic case, which is susceptible to scratches and smudges.

The Buffalo MiniStation Stealth (starting at $79, Amazon) is available with 1TB and 1.5TB of storage in addition to the 500GB version we put on our list of top picks. It spins at 5,400RPM, which is typical for a portable hard drive. You can use the MiniStation with a Mac -- and it plays nicely with the Mac's Time Machine software -- but you'll have to reformat the drive first. The Buffalo MiniStation can use USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections and comes bundled with a proficient backup software package. It measures 3 x 4.5 x .055 inches and weighs just shy of 6 ounces. It's backed by a one-year warranty.

With 500GB storage capacity and a full suite of software, the $79 price is compelling. If you're expecting a super fast backup drive, the Buffalo MiniStation Stealth may disappoint, but if you're looking for a hard-working drive with a modest (15.8 cents) cost per gigabyte, the MiniStation will prove to be a good value.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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