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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PA1.0TU3)

4.3 out of 5 stars 258 customer reviews
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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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Size: 1 TB

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.

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Size:1 TB

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 1024 GB Portable
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name BUFFALO
Item model number HD-PA1.0TU3
Hardware Platform PC, Mac
Operating System Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6 +, Windows 7 (64-bit/32-bit) / Vista (64-bit/32-bit) / XP(32-bit)
Item Weight 9.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.9 x 3.2 x 5.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 0.91 x 3.17 x 5.12 inches
Color Silver

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Additional Information

ASIN B008D4X9UI
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 258 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #246 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available June 22, 2012

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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
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Warranty Period 1 year 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years

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Size: 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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Size: 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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Size: 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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