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Buffalo Unveils 500 GB Portable USB Drive

The latest MiniStation TurboUSB is designed for people who need to transport photos, high-definition videos, business presentations, and other content.

Buffalo Technology on Monday introduced in the United States a 500-GB portable storage device that connects to a computer via a USB port.

The latest version of the MiniStation TurboUSB is designed for people who need to transport photos, high-definition videos, business presentations, and other content. "In today's mobile society, consumers and professionals alike need to be able to take their digital content with them anywhere," Takayuki Nishioka, chief executive for Buffalo in the United States, said in a statement.

The MiniStation is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X and runs at a speed of 5,400 revolutions per minute. The device has shock-resistant technology that suspends the drive between its impact-resistant plastic chassis. In addition, the drive is surrounded by shock-absorbing material.

For security, the MiniStation includes encryption software that prevents unauthorized access to data, if the drive is lost or stolen. The drive also comes with automatic backup software for Windows PCs.

The product connects to either a USB 2.0 or 1.1 port, and has a wraparound cable for use when traveling. The device, which consumes a maximum of 2.5 watts, is 5 inches by 0.8 of an inch by 3.3 inches.

The new drive carries a one-year warranty and has an estimated street price of $329. The MiniStation TurboUSB is also available in storage capacities of 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, and 320 GB. The products are available through the Buffalo Web site, distributors, and online resellers.

Buffalo, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Melco Holdings. The company has offices in Japan, the United Statese, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. The company also offers wireless networking and storage to memory and multimedia devices.

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