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Buffalo Technology MiniStation DataVault Portable HDS-PHU2 is a portable USB hard drive useful for storing, backing-up.

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Pros

Good performance compared to similarly priced hard drives from the likes of Western Digital and Iomega

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Shock proof case with an understated design

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Built-in full drive AES 128-bit encryption for reliable data security (hardware based)

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Compatible with Mac OS X, unlike the Seagate Black Armour drives

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Simple to use, no fan fare, just plug and play

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Cons

Backup and security software is useful, but unpolished, not the most intuitive user interface

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TurboUSB feature doesn't to much in most cases

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Buffalo Technology MiniStation DataVault Portable HDS-PHU2 is a portable USB hard drive useful for storing, backing-up, and transporting digital images, music, and other files. It connects to PCs by an attached USB cable that transfers data at an ultra-fast 480Mbps. Note also that the unit includes full disk encryption; ensuring that pivotal data is kept private and secure at all times. Some of its more unique features include Plug-n-Play connectivity; Memo AutoBackup Software for automatic backing-up of files from a PC or Macintosh; and mobile versions of Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.

Additional Information

The DataVault Portable HDS-PHU2 is a step up from the more affordable, but less-featured Cobalt Portable HD-PEU2.

Features
  • Portable USB HDD
  • Compact/Lightweight
  • Attached USB Cable
  • TurboUSB Data Transfer
  • Full-Disk Encryption
  • Plug-n-Play
  • Memo AutoBackup
  • Firefox/Thunderbird (Mobile)
Specifications
  • Interface: USB 2.0/1.1
  • Connector: USB Series A
  • Sizes: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB
  • Data Transfer: 480Mbps
  • Dimensions: 3.3 x 5.0 x .9”
  • Weight: 7.9 Oz
  • OS: Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS 10.2.7+
Model Variations
  • Buffalo Technology MiniStation DataVault Portable HDS-PHU2: HDS-PH160U2 | 160GB
  • Buffalo Technology MiniStation DataVault Portable HDS-PHU2: HDS-PH320U2 | 320GB
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