The MiniStation Metro arrived in a heavy duty, retail style, cardboard box. The front of the box gives the user a good view of the drive and the attached USB cable. Given the distorted scale of the USB cable in the graphic, I could picture some people thinking the drive is much smaller than it really is. The back of the box provides many details that the user should be made aware of.
Both sides of the box give a better view of two important features. One side gives a detailed look at Buffalo's "BumperBody" Shock Protection system, while the other side has a view of the USB cable, and how it is stored as part of the enclosure.
The hard drive itself comes packaged in a plastic bag and is stored inside a smaller cardboard box that is designed to keep the drive from shifting during shipment. This box seems to be more than sufficient to protect the hard drive from the bumps it might experience during shipping.
Inside the box there are not many accessories. You have a quick start guide, warranty statement, and a color matching USB extension cable.