|Hard Drive||1024 GB Portable|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PA1.0TU3)
|Price:||$164.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Thunderbolt Interface
- Interface speeds up to 10 Gbps
- Includes High Performance USB 3.0 port
- Thunderbolt cable included
- Time Machine compatibility
- Perfect for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiast
- Adds storage to your Mac or PC computer
- Dual Interface Portable Hard Drive
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|Hard Disk Size||1024 GB||2 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||Portable||External||External||1|
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From the Manufacturer
- 3-year warranty
- 24/7 US tech support
High Performance Storage & Backup
MiniStation Thunderbolt offers easy plug-and-play storage, featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt interface for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB port for universal connectivity. With speeds up to 10 Gbps, MiniStation Thunderbolt offers speeds 2X FASTER than USB 3.0. Perfect as a PC or Mac portable hard drive, the MiniStation Thunderbolt offers one of the fastest connection interfaces available.
- Thunderbolt interface delivers extremely fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps for Mac users
- USB 3.0 offers universal connectivity for Windows PCs
- Plug-and-play setup provides easy to use storage and quick capacity expansion
- Pre-formatted for Mac and can be re-formatted for PCs
- Time Machine support offers scheduled backups for protecting Mac computers
The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive features the revolutionary Thunderbolt storage technology, raising the bar on how you transfer, store and transport data. Delivering speeds up to an amazing 10 Gbps, this portable Thunderbolt drive uses the fastest interface available, 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, ideal for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.
Easy to Use Storage
MiniStation Thunderbolt provides reliable, easy to use portable storage to quickly expand the capacity of your PC or Mac computer with Thunderbolt support and universal USB 3.0 plug-and-play connectivity.
Coupled with the lightning-fast Thunderbolt interface is a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for Mac computers but can easily be reformatted for use with PCs.
Time Machine Backup
The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive 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 this powerful Mac portable hard drive.
|MiniStation||MiniStation Air||MiniStation DDR||MiniStation Extreme NFC||MiniStation Thunderbolt|
|Capacity Range||1 TB - 2 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB - 2 TB||1 TB - 2 TB|
|Interface Connection(s)||USB 3.0||USB 3.0, Wireless||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||Thunderbolt, USB 3.0|
|Warranty Period||1 year||3 years||3 years||3 years||3 years|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
"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."
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.
- Fast Thunderbolt performance
- Fast USB 3.0 performance
- Aluminum enclosure
- Comes with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables
- Great looking drive
- 3 year warranty
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this to make automatic backups for my iMac. Works fine. No problems with it.Published 11 days ago by Potshot
Expensive, but worth it! This is my second one. My techie daughter had one in Africa while serving in the Peace Corps. Read morePublished 24 days ago by j w polzien
Thunderbolt still has no rival in transfer rate.
Combination of USB3 and Thunderbolt provides adaptability.
Solid drive with good speed. Like many electronic devices lately it has the most annoyingly bright activity light. Why make it so bright that it is blinding is beyond me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ghost
Works great out of the box. Connected to my iMac's Thunderbolt port and immediately started transferring data from my old external drive. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenneth D. Woodrow
I use this as a time machine for my Mac. No problem at all. You can trust in this unit.Published 4 months ago by Hermann De Rodt