Buffalo Technology's Japanese arm released a new 2 TB variant of its MiniStation HDPNTU3 series portable hard drives. A selling point of these drives is greater shock-tolerance. You can afford to be just a little clumsy around these drives.
Buffalo Technology's Japanese arm released a new 2 TB variant of its MiniStation HDPNTU3 series portable hard drives. A selling point of these drives is greater shock-tolerance. You can afford to be just a little clumsy around these drives. The new MiniStation HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ from Buffalo provides 2 TB of unformatted capacity, and the advantage of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, which eliminates interface bottlenecks. A single cable is used for both connectivity and power. The drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface.
Inside, the hard drive is protected by a shock absorbing frame that dampens shockwaves that are transmitted by the sides of the drive, and shock absorbing rubber plates that dampen shock transmitted by the top and bottom. The mechanism is supposed to give the drive higher shock tolerance than most other portable drives, although Buffalo did not specify a shock threshold (hard drive manufacturers commonly do). The product page on Buffalo's website subtly cautions users against "intentionally" dropping the drive.
Measuring 82 x 118 x 22 mm (W x D x H), the MiniStation HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ weighs about 260 g. It comes with installers for Buffalo Turbo PC software, which its makers claim, speeds up drive access by up to 2-times; and data encryption software. The drive further supports 256-bit AES native data encryption. The drive supports most devices apart from PCs and Macs, which can work with USB Mass Storage-class devices. These include the Sony PlayStation 3 (provided the drive is partitioned and formatted with FAT32 file-system).
Slated for a late-June launch in the Japanese markets (first), the MiniStation HD-PNT2.0U3-GBJ is expected to be priced at 31,080 Japanese Yen (US $390, SG$495).