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BUFFALO MiniStation 1 TB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Thunderbolt Cable - HD-PA1.0TU3

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1 TB
  • Thunderbolt Interface
  • Interface speeds up to 10 Gbps
  • Includes High Performance USB 3.0 port
  • Thunderbolt cable included
  • Time Machine compatibility
  • Adds storage to your Mac or PC computer
  • Dual Interface Portable Hard Drive
  • Perfect for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiast
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Technical Details

Size: 1 TB
  • Hard Drive: 1024 GB
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Product Details

Size: 1 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 3.2 x 5.1 inches ; 9.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008D4X9UI
  • Item model number: HD-PA1.0TU3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 22, 2012

Product Description

Size: 1 TB

From the Manufacturer

Buffalo's MiniStation™ Thunderbolt offers easy plug and play storage featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB port for universal connectivity. With speeds up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt is 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, giving you the fastest portable storage interface ever.

Faster File Access and Transfer Speeds!


UNPARALLELED SPEED
UNPARALLELED SPEED

MiniStation Thunderbolt features the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology, raising the bar on how you transfer, store and transport data. Delivering speeds up to an amazing 10 Gbps, it is the fastest interface available, 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, ideal for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.

Additionally, you can daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to maximize use of a single port†.



Dual Band
USB COMPATIBILITY

Coupled with the lightning-fast Thunderbolt technology is a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. Plug and play usability means there are no drivers to install and MiniStation Thunderbolt is pre-formatted for Mac® computers but can easily be reformatted for use with PCs.




TIME MACHINE BACKUP
TIME MACHINE BACKUP

MiniStation Thunderbolt is pre-formatted for use with Mac and compatible with Time Machine® for complete data backup. Schedule backups and automatically protect your important files with plug and play connectivity.



ALL CABLES INCLUDED
ALL CABLES INCLUDED

MiniStation Thunderbolt is a complete portable Thunderbolt storage solution, supplied with all necessary cables and components. Simply plug it in to any available Thunderbolt or USB port on your Mac or PC computer and instantly add capacity or securely store files to take on the road.



COMPACT AND CONVENIENT
COMPACT AND CONVENIENT

Housed in a sleek aluminum body, MiniStation Thunderbolt is a stylish storage companion for your laptop while on the go and at home. Designed for mobility, it offers bus-powered portable storage for your data and for your on-the-go lifestyle. It works with Mac and PC so you can access your files from whichever computer you are on, even while away from home.



*Speeds shown represent maximum interface connection speeds. Actual device transfer speeds will vary based on hard drive specifications and host devices.

†MiniStation Thunderbolt does not have a Thunderbolt pass-through port so it must be the last device on a daisy-chain.

Data rate, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.

1 TB= 1,000,000,000,000 Bytes. Actual data throughput and range will vary depending upon network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead.



MiniStation™ Thunderbolt
Portable Bus-Powered Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Storage
1 TB / HD-PA1.0TU3
Feature Highlights
  • Thunderbolt Technology
  • Interface Speeds up to 10 Gbps*
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • All Cables Included
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Pre-formatted for Mac®
Specifications
    Thunderbolt Interface
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Interface Speeds: Max. 10 Gbps

  • USB Interface
  • Standard Compliance: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
  • Connector: Micro B Type
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Interface Speeds: Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0) Max. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)

  • Other
  • Dimensions (W x H x D in.): 3.17 x 5.12 x 0.91
  • Weight (oz.): 9.28
  • Power Supply: DC 5 V (Bus-powered)
  • Client OS Support*: Mac OS® X 10.5 - 10.7, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server® 2003 R2 (32-bit), Windows Server® 2008 (32/64-bit), Windows Server® 2008 R2 (64-bit)

*Internal hard drive is pre-formatted as HSF+ but can be reformatted as FAT32 or NTFS for use with Windows OS

Box Contents
  • MiniStation Thunderbolt
  • Thunderbolt Cable (19.7 in)
  • USB 3.0 Cable (19.7 in)
  • Warranty Statement


    The MiniStation Thunderbolt is backed by a three-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support.

Which MiniStation™ portable hard drive is right for you?

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Interface Connection USB 2.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
& USB 3.0
Hardware Encryption    
Shock Protection   (MIL-SPEC) (MIL-SPEC)  
Integrated Cable Management      
PC Ready  
Mac Ready      
Colors Black Black, Red, Silver Black, Red, Silver Silver
Warranty Period 1 year 2 years 3 years 3 years

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Product Description

MiniStation Thunderbolt is a high performance portable hard drive featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology. Delivering the fastest interface speeds available, up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt is 2X faster than USB 3.0, giving you the fastest portable storage interface ever, perfect for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts. Housed in a sleek aluminum body, MiniStation Thunderbolt is a stylish storage companion for your laptop while on the go and at home. It includes a USB 3.0 port for convenience and universal connectivity. Instantly add capacity to your Mac or PC computer and use with Time Machine to back up and protect your important data. Its bus-powered interface requires no additional cables so transporting your data is hassle-free. MiniStation Thunderbolt is a complete portable Thunderbolt storage solution, simply plug it in to any available Thunderbolt or USB port on your Mac or PC computer and securely store files to take on the road.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is super fast and is a simple connection via ThunderBolt or USB 3.0.
Patrick
Using clocking tools like ATTO or HD Tune will show the performance of the drive to be around roughly 80 MB/s read speeds with either Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.
Joaquin Menchaca
This is a very good external hard drive, works perfect with my mac, even looks like a mac product!
Francisco Sanchez J. B

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Y. Lee on July 12, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB
*****UPDATE 10/31/2013.
I just installed a Samsung EVO 1TB SSD into this drive, dramatically increasing speed! Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces give about the same performance, between 320~350MB/s in both read and write. Once again, Buffalo's marketing is misleading because their thunderbolt interface is NOT twice as fast as their USB interface. The Samsung EVO can do over 500MB/s, so I think that the internal SATA interface of this drive is SATA II (3Gb/s) not SATA III (6Gb/s), which limits its upgrade ability. However this drive was not designed to be upgraded so I can't complain too much.

*****UPDATE 9/27/2013.
When I wrote the original review in 2012, this drive was selling for $229 and some Apple computers still used USB 2.0.
At the time, the bare 1tb drive was worth $100 and the thunderbolt cable was worth $49.
Now, that same 1tb hard drive retails for $80 and Apple's official "short" thunderbolt cable retails $29. Furthermore, all Apple computers have moved on to USB 3.0 making thunderbolt overkill for a 5400RPM drive.
The item, by function, form and quality still deserves 5 stars. However on the value/price aspect I think it is now 3~4 stars.

I have also had the opportunity to try a SSD in this unit, and with an SSD the unit DOES saturate the USB 3.0 interface and starts tapping into the Thunderbolt interface's potential. Unfortunately I am not sure if the internal SATA interface is 3.0 or full 6.0 so I am not sure how fully you can utilize the thunderbolt speed... If you are the kind of person who loves iFixit then you may want to replace the internal 1TB drive with a SSD. In fact just grab the 500GB version and do the swap.
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165 of 185 people found the following review helpful By G. Lamonte on August 18, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased the Buffalo Technology Ministation 1.0 TB Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drive expecting some decent speed from the Thunderbolt connection however after testing the drive with Blackmagic disc speed test I found the results to be disappointing. After several test I averaged around 95 MB/s Read and Write. Matching USB 3.0 speed. I contacted Buffalo Technology for clarification as they label this a Thunderbolt drive.

"The USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces on this unit both have about the same transfer rates.

You should be seeing between 80MB/s and 105MB/s. It sounds like the unit is functioning correctly."

Thank you,
Buffalo Technical Support

So it's a comparatively expensive USB 3.0 drive. This is the type of product that might be a match for a very small amount of people like me who have a Thunderbolt connection but lack 3.0. Other than that it is to expensive, you can find much cheaper USB 3.0 options on the market.

ON the positive side Buffalo Tech contacted me quickly and answered the question honestly. I just wish they would label this product correctly; Its a USB 3.0 drive with USB 3.0 speed that can be connected using the Thunderbolt cable.

Update: Like some others after a few months the TB cable stopped working. The good news is that Buffalo does warranty this problem; unfortunately you have to send the drive and cable back. When it was working I did notice that the cable attachment to the computer would get very hot and I suspect that excessive heat is the problem.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 25, 2012
Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The Buffalo MiniStation 500 GB Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drive is one of only a few Thunderbolt drives out on the market right now. Thunderbolt drives can theoretically reach twice the speeds of USB 3.0, but you'll have to pay a premium for those theoretical speeds. I took a look at the Buffalo Thunderbolt drive to see if the portable hard drive was worth the premium.

PROS:
- Fast Thunderbolt performance
- Fast USB 3.0 performance
- Aluminum enclosure
- Comes with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables
- Great looking drive
- 3 year warranty

CONS:
- Thunderbolt cable gets hot

DESIGN & FEATURES
The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt drive is definitely a looker and made to compliment the aesthetics of modern MacBooks. The sides of the aluminum case are silver and the lid is white. The overall build quality is excellent, with a solid feel and heft.

The bottom of the drive has two U-shaped strips of rubber to keep the drive steady on a flat surface and to absorb some of the vibration from the spinning hard drive. The back of the drive has just two ports--the USB 3.0 port and Thunderbolt port. There's also a thin white light that's located slightly on the underside of the drive, that acts as a power/activity LED. It's a little bigger than most portable hard drives, so you might find it a little more difficult to find a case for it.

The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt drive does not come with any software or extras, other than the cables. However, the fact that it comes with a Thunderbolt cable is a big deal, since Thunderbolt cables can cost over $50 by themselves.

It comes pre-formatted for the Mac (HFS+), but can easily be reformatted to NTFS, if that's your preference.
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