Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the new MiniStation™ Extreme and DriveStation™ Axis Velocity storage solutions. These latest additions to Buffalo’s portfolio of innovative and performance-driven USB 3.0 storage solutions provide consumers with a fast and reliable way to store, back up and transport their content safely and securely.


Because data protection is a priority, the new MiniStation Extreme offers a feature-rich portable storage solution in a rugged, lightweight package, designed to keep your files secure. Its attractive design and high-quality finish equipped with a unique wrap-around USB cable, a rubberized base, sophisticated shock protection elements and hardware encryption blend form and function to deliver uncompromising data protection and mobility. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac® and provides interface speeds up to 5 Gbps. MiniStation Extreme features US Military Standard shock protection with a ruggedized chassis and specialized bumpers designed to absorb and transfer shock away from the hard disk due to accidental bumps and drops from up to 2 meters. Its convenient wrap-around cable hugs the body to ensure you’re always ready to connect while on the go. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road; with 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can rest assured your data is safe, wherever you go.


The new DriveStation Axis Velocity is an easy to use external hard drive designed for simple and secure storage and backup. Equipped with a high speed 7200 RPM hard drive and USB 3.0 support, DriveStation Axis Velocity boasts extremely fast file transfers and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 for use with nearly any PC or Mac®. Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption offers government-grade protection without the need for additional software, keeping your data safe from theft and unauthorized access. Its unique chassis design can stand upright or lay flat allowing for placement just about anywhere; sit it on your desk for use with your computer or place it below your TV to stream slideshows and your favorite movies and music. DriveStation Axis Velocity is the perfect solution for fast and easy data storage and backup.

Both the MiniStation Extreme and DriveStation Axis Velocity ship complete with Buffalo Tools, a multipurpose utility suite designed to enhance Windows® PC performance and the overall user experience; greatly increase file transfer rates with TurboPC EX, set up a back up schedule and protect your data with Backup Utility and conserve energy by reducing power consumption with eco Manager. Buffalo’s MiniStation Extreme and DriveStation Axis Velocity are reliable solutions to instantly expand storage and back up your data.

Pricing and Availability

Buffalo’s MiniStation Extreme is backed by a three-year limited warranty and DriveStation Axis Velocity is backed by a two-year limited warranty including toll-free 24/7 US based technical support. Both models will be available October 2011.

  • MiniStation Extreme is available at an estimated street price of $94.99 for the 500GB (HD-PZ500U3) and $129.99 for the 1 TB (HD-PNT1.0U3).
  • DriveStation Axis Velocity is available at an estimated street price of $94.99 for the 1 TB (HD-LX1.0TU3), $134.99 for the 2 TB (HD-LX2.0TU3) and $179.99 for the 3 TB (HD-LX3.0TU3).