Buffalo's MiniStation Thunderbolt is a high-performance portable Thunderbolt drive featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology. Delivering the fastest interface speeds available—up to 10 Gbps*—Thunderbolt is perfect for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.
The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive features the revolutionary Thunderbolt storage technology, which is two times faster than USB 3.0, raising the bar on how you transfer, store, and transport data. You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to maximize use of a single port.
Coupled with the lightning-fast Thunderbolt storage 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. The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for Mac computers, but you can easily reformat it for use with PCs.
Time Machine backup
The drive is compatible with Time Machine, so you can schedule backups and automatically protect your important ﬁles with ease.
All cables included
To give you a complete portable Thunderbolt drive solution, the drive comes with all necessary cables and components. Simply plug it in to any available Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 port on your Mac or PC*** and instantly add capacity or securely store ﬁles to take on the road.
Compact and convenient
Housed in a sleek aluminum body, the MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is a stylish storage companion for your Mac while on the go and at home. It offers the convenience of bus power and works with Mac and PC,*** so you can access your ﬁles from whichever computer you're on, even while away from home.
- Dual interface, bus powered, plug and play
- Thunderbolt technology offers interface speeds up to 10 Gbit/s for lightning-fast transfers
- USB offers universal plug and play connectivity and interface speeds up to 5 Gbit/s in USB 3.0 mode
- Backward compatible with USB 2.0
- Includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables
- Sleek aluminum design
- Time Machine compatible
- Three-year warranty with 24/7 U.S.-based technical support
Did you notice?The dual Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 interface provides the fastest transfer rates for both new and older Macs.
Apple Recommends ForGreat for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts who want rapid backup of all the files on their Mac.
What's in the Box?
- Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt hard drive
- Thunderbolt cable (19.7 in./50 cm)
- USB 3.0 cable (19.7 in./50 cm)
- Three-year warranty statement
- Other Features: Time Machine compatible
- Connections: Thunderbolt, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
- Power Source: Bus Powered
- Height: 5.12 in./13 cm
- Width: 3.17 in./8.05 cm
- Weight: 9.28 oz./263.08 g
- Length: 0.92 in./2.34 cm
- Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)/Vista (32-bit/64-bit)/XP/Server 2003/Server 2003 R2/Server 2008/Server 2008 R2
- Mfr. Part Number: HD-PA1.0TU3
- UPC or EAN No.: 747464125121
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: Three year
- *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.***Windows OS systems only supported using USB connection.
Ratings & Reviews
Speed and Value
This drive is not as fast as a portable Thunderbolt SSD drive or a RAID0 conventional drive. But for 1 TB of storage, dual interfa This drive is not as fast as a portable Thunderbolt SSD drive or a RAID0 conventional drive. But for 1 TB of storage, dual interface (both TBolt and USB 3), all cables included, this drive is a real bargain.
And it is fast. Even though it is 5400 RPM, it is just as fast as if it was an internal drive by my comparisons with an older MB Pro. Lightning fast compared to USB2. Significantly faster than my 7200 RPM desktop firewire 800 drive. I use the drive with Final Cut Pro with no issues at all.
I like the design. It is sturdy and is simple. I don't exactly baby it on the road. It bounces around in my roll-aboard weekly and is holding up just fine for 8+ trips so far.
Fully bus powered. No external power needed so there is no A/C port or adapter to worry about.
I gave it five stars because I think it is the fastest portable conventional TBolt drive on the market today and because of the exceptional value, including the cables saved me at least $50. It is the only drive I've found with Thunderbolt AND USB3 interfaces.
If you want to daisy-chain it, it has to be on the end of the chain because it has only one TBolt port. …
- Written by Jack P from Fair Oaks Ranch
130 of 140 people found this useful
Not that fast, but good enough...
I bought this to do Time Machine backups using the Thunderbolt port on my Macbook Pro (early 2011) running OS X Mountain Lion. A D I bought this to do Time Machine backups using the Thunderbolt port on my Macbook Pro (early 2011) running OS X Mountain Lion. A Disk Speed Test using Black Magic Designs benchmark test was only showing 100 MBps or 800 Mbps. I think that is pretty slow.
Time Machine saw it from the get go. The only thing on the drive was a PDF file.
The bottom of the drive says, "made in Japan," which I thought was cool, since most things are now made in China.
Like many people have stated, this drive comes with both the Thunderbolt cable and USB 3.0 cable, which in itself is worth about $50.
The drive is powered through the single cable. I heard another reviewer stating that you could use both cables and not have any issues. The first cable plugged in would be the one used.
Why did I give it 4 stars?
The enclosure is solid. It feels like a quality product. The cable is solid. The drive is quiet. If it were faster, I'd give it 5. …
- Written by Terry O from Duluth
112 of 126 people found this useful
Don't waste your money.
I'm giving the two stars only because the design is colored like my mac, and it's about the only thunderbolt hard drive out there I'm giving the two stars only because the design is colored like my mac, and it's about the only thunderbolt hard drive out there right now that is portable.
THIS DRIVES THUNDERBOLT INTERFACE FAILED ME WITHIN THREE WEEKS OF OWNING IT. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE. The drive randomly ejected itself, and then would not come back up over thunderbolt. USB works, but why buy a thunderbolt drive if you are going to use the USB interface as primary? May as well save yourself 150 bucks if you're going to go that route.
I used this for my time machine backups while on the road. First, unless you want to use thunderbolt because it frees up a USB port, don't waste your money on it. This is a 5200 RPM drive, and you will get the same speeds on USB 3.0. It simply cannot saturate the interface. It is by no means 10 Gb/s. You will get between 85 and 105 MB/s with this drive (less than 1 Gb/s). If you want speed, get the SSD Thunderbolt external. Apple will not allow you to return items after 14 days, I now have to deal with buffalo directly. I am not a happy camper. This drive's labeling is misleading, and it is NOT reliable. …
- Written by Paul W from VIRGINIA
84 of 103 people found this useful
Fast reliable quiet ...
I've got two of these portable drives. Had them for over a year. One for my iMac which I use to store photos on, and one for my I've got two of these portable drives. Had them for over a year. One for my iMac which I use to store photos on, and one for my Macbook Air for photos and Time Machine ... I love these drives. If they were SSD for not too much more money, I'd love them more! …
- Written by Claude B from Vancouver
1 of 1 people found this useful
Great media HD
I use this as storage for my Mac mini media center. It's fast and reliable. Like the fact that the thunderbolt cable was include I use this as storage for my Mac mini media center. It's fast and reliable. Like the fact that the thunderbolt cable was included and does not need any external power supply. Fast and quiet. …
- Written by Scott D from St Albans
4 of 4 people found this useful
need for speed
I have several external drives all portable, all are firewire 800, I bought the buffalo thunderbolt drive expecting "lightning fas I have several external drives all portable, all are firewire 800, I bought the buffalo thunderbolt drive expecting "lightning fast" speed... it runs considerably slower than my 800 drives. Whats up doc? If it runs at 54000 but has thunderbolt should it still not be faster than my 800 spinning at 7200rpm?
All the above is while I am editing using FCPX …
- Written by PHILIP E from PETERSHAM
9 of 13 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is this unit compatible with time machine?
- Asked by Sandra C from Indianapolis
- Feb 14, 2013
It states in the details for the product that it is time machine compatible.
- Answered by Jason W from Ludington
- Nov 4, 2013
can i use this to stream movies onto my Ipad Thanks..
- Asked by Lana C from Melbourne
- Feb 25, 2013
No. The iPad lacks any kind of interface to connect to any external hard drive. It's not designed to No. The iPad lacks any kind of interface to connect to any external hard drive. It's not designed to communicate with external hard drives. …
- Answered by Will M from Charlottesville
- Feb 26, 2013
Can I use this to store iTunes music & movies instead of my computer?
- Asked by Sean D from Flagstaff
- May 18, 2013
Yes. I've done this for years and it makes reinstalling and maintaining the systems way faster when Yes. I've done this for years and it makes reinstalling and maintaining the systems way faster when necessary. I also keep an identical backup in a safe. …
- Answered by Gavin O from Irvine
- Jul 26, 2013
will in work with my mac book pro
- Asked by Alexander H from Port Arthur
- Mar 24, 2013
- Answered by Andre K
- Apr 1, 2013
Can you use this to transfer docs from Mac to PC or vice versa?
- Asked by Lyn L from Brighton
- Dec 7, 2012
It would be better to format it ExFAT than FAT. With ExFAT, you'd have the same interoperability bet It would be better to format it ExFAT than FAT. With ExFAT, you'd have the same interoperability between Windows and Mac OS X, but you'd have fewer capacity restrictions. ExFAT was designed for larger FLASH drives specifically to be functional for both Windows and OS X.
As file systems go, it's not as good as either NTFS or the Mac OS X journaled file system, but it's the best option for passing files back and forth between the two operating systems. …
- Answered by Will M from Charlottesville
- Feb 26, 2013
Does this Buffalo have a Thunderbolt pass-thru so that other Thunderbolt accessories can be daisy-chained from it?
- Asked by Lynn L from Fellsmere
- Nov 12, 2012
No, it has to be at the end of the chain.
- Answered by Harald S from Boulder Creek
- Nov 19, 2012