Buf­falo 2TB MiniS­ta­tion Safe

A fast USB 3.0 drive with en­cryp­tion but a lack of Mac soft­ware sup­port

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - Dan Grab­ham

£109 Man­u­fac­turer Buf­falo, buf­falo-tech­nol­ogy.com

Re­quires OS X 10.4 or higher Con­nec­tiv­ity USB 3.0 Weight 240g

Di­men­sions 8x11x2cm

This shock-proof hard drive packs in 2TB of stor­age and has sev­eral in­ter­est­ing fea­tures up its pla­s­ticky sleeve. The drive uses USB 3.0 and is bus pow­ered (although it needs too much power to run off an un­pow­ered hub or key­board port). Although the drive can be read in OS X (it’s NTFS for­mat­ted), you’ll want to for­mat it as Mac OS Ex­tended for full read and write ca­pa­bil­ity – a down­load­able guide to for­mat­ting is avail­able should you need it. Like­wise you’ll also need to down­load the quick setup guide, user man­ual and Lock and Go en­cryp­tion soft­ware (in­ter­est­ingly, more apps are pro­vided for PC users). Lock and Go isn’t yet of­fi­cially com­pat­i­ble with Yosemite, which is a shame as it’s the key piece of the drive’s 256-bit soft­ware en­cryp­tion.

The great news is that the drive’s per­for­mance is su­per quick; we copied a 1GB test folder of images in just un­der 13 sec­onds – that’s reach­ing peak copy speeds of around 90MB per sec­ond.

Aside from the ba­sic Mac sup­port, the drive’s main is­sue is that it’s more ex­pen­sive than com­pa­ra­ble op­tions from WD, Sam­sung and Sea­gate among oth­ers – pre­sum­ably be­cause of the se­cu­rity fea­tures. There are more ap­pro­pri­ate Mac op­tions out there.

Ex­tremely speedy, but bet­ter op­tions are avail­able for Mac users con­sid­er­ing the limited soft­ware avail­able.

Buf­falo needs to do more to match the ex­pe­ri­ence and feel of ri­vals such as La­Cie and Sam­sung.

Very fast per­for­mance

Pla­s­ticky look and feel

Poor Mac soft­ware op­tions


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