We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Storage Devices Reviews
15,669 Reviews PC Advisor Best Buy Award

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme review

£113 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Buffalo Technology

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Bufallo gets all the basics right with the MiniStation Extreme.

It’s hard to find fault with Buffalo’s new MiniStation Extreme, as the drive provides good performance and features at a competitive price.

Our 1TB drive came in black, but the drive is also available in 500GB capacity and in a variety of different colours. It’s a little chunkier than most of its portable rivals, but that’s because of the military-standard shock-proof casing that is designed to withstand drops of up to 2.3m.

There’s additional protection for your data too, in the form of 256bit encryption, so the MiniStation Extreme is certainly a good choice for keeping all your important data safe. We also like the tidy, built-in USB cable that slots into the body of the drive when not in use.

Performance is good too, with overall sequential read and write speeds of 116.90MBps and 109.70 MBps respectively, which give it an edge over all its portable rivals. Performance with small files is more modest, but still among the best in this group, and Buffalo also provides a good set of software features, including backup software and a RAMdisk utility in addition to its encryption and password features.

Important hard drive news:

One point to note is that the hard disk prices are going up and down like a yo-yo at the moment. The floods that hit Thailand this autumn are to blame – hard disk production was down by more than 50 percent in October. Most of the main hard disk manufacturers have factories in Thailand and one manufacturer taking part in this group test told us that its entire production line “is under water”.

Scarcity of supply inevitably means that prices will rise. The prices we quote in this review were current as we went to press, but more than ever we’d advise you to shop around and see what prices you can find online. Still, acts of nature aside, people are always going to need external drives to back up their important files and delaying a purchase now could cost you dearly if your PC encounters a natural disaster of its own while you’re waiting for prices to come back down.

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme Expert Verdict »

2.5" SATA
USB 3.0
256-bit encryption, Backup, RAMdisk
18x89x128mm, 230g
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Bufallo gets all the basics right with the MiniStation Extreme. Its rugged design, good performance and attractive price make it an excellent choice for anyone who needs a reliable portable disk.

  • Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB review

    Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB

    Buffalo Technology's latest addition to its line of external USB storage devices is the MiniStation TurboUSB HD-PS series.

  • Buffalo MicroStation 32GB review

    Buffalo MicroStation 32GB

    Buffalo's MicroStation is a USB solid-state flash drive, available in sizes up to 100GB.

  • Buffalo MicroStation Internal SSD Drive review

    Buffalo MicroStation Internal SSD Drive

    The MicroStation Internal SSD is Buffalo's first SSD product, available in capacities from 32GB to the 256GB model tested here.

  • Iomega eGo Portable 500GB USB 3.0 review

    Iomega eGo Portable 500GB USB 3.0

    The Iomega eGo Portable external hard drive has a capacity of 500GB and a USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) interface. It's a decent drive for storing and transferring large files to a USB 3.0-equipped laptop or desktop PC.

  • Buffalo BR-PX68U2 review

    Buffalo BR-PX68U2

    The Buffalo BR-PX68U2 is a portable Blu-ray Disc drive with USB 2.0 connection, to add high-capacity disc burning and high-definition film viewing to laptop and desktop PCs.

IDG UK Sites

Three of the most expensive Limited Edition games ever made: Who's buying a $1,000,000 game?

IDG UK Sites

Watch Macbeth projected inside a pop-up book

IDG UK Sites

Best Mac: Apple Mac buyers guide for 2015: iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and...