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Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables

B&H # BUHDPATU3 Mfr # HD-PA500TU3
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Product Highlights
  • 500GB Capacity, SATA II, 3.0Gbps
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Interface
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Cables Included
  • Time Machine Compatible
  • Speed: 5Gbps/USB 3.0, 10Gbps/Thunderbolt
  • Mac and PC Compatible
  • Daisy Chain up to 6 Thunderbolt Devices
  • Sleek Aluminum Casing
  • Bus-Powered, No Additional Power Supply

The 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables by Buffalo Technology gives you the three S's that all data managers and curators need - storage, style, and speed. This 500GB drive now features both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectors for the ultimate in fast transfers - if you're a PC users engaging the USB 3.0 port, you'll see transfers at 12x the speed of USB 2.0, roughly 5Gbps. If you're a Mac user, using the Thunderbolt port, you'll see twice that - transfer speed approaching 10Gbps. Yikes.

Housed in a sleek aluminum body, this portable speed demon can easily be placed in a bag or carrying case and moved from workspace to workspace. There's no additional power supply to carry because the unit is bus-powered - it runs from power supplied to the connector from the host computer.

Although the MiniStation drives are formatted out of the box as HSF+ for Mac users, a simple reformat makes the drives PC accessible in either FAT32 or NTFS partitions. It's also Time Machine compatible, so you can get a complete Mac data backup immediately. You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices together, so using the MiniStation as one of the drop points in a server chain is possible (please note that because there is only one Thunderbolt port on this unit, it must be placed at the end of the chain).

You can even forget about the added expense and time of tracking down cables - this unit comes with both a USB 3.0 cable and a Thunderbolt cable, which separately can cost over $60. You can start transferring, storing, and securing data as soon as you open the box.

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.
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
MiniStation Thunderbolt is pre-formatted for use with Mac and is compatible with Time Machine for complete data backup. Schedule backups and automatically protect your important files with plug and play connectivity.
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.
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.
Performance
Capacity 500GB
Interface USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Thunderbolt
(MiniStation Thunderbolt does not have a Thunderbolt pass-through port so it must be the last device on a daisy-chain).
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Max. 5 Gbps / USB 3.0
Max. 480 Mbps / USB 2.0
Max. 10 Gbps / Thunderbolt
System Requirements Thunderbolt
Mac OS X 10.6 or later (models with Intel Processor)

USB 2.0
Mac OS X 10.5 or later (models with Intel Processor)
Windows XP (32-bit)
Windows Vista (64-bit or 32-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit or 32-bit)

USB 3.0
Windows XP (32-bit)
Windows Vista (64-bit or 32-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit or 32-bit)
Internal hard drive is pre-formatted as HSF+ but can be reformatted as FAT32 or NTFS for use with Windows OS
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements DC 5V (Bus powered)
Environmental Requirements Operating: 41 - 95°F / 5 - 35°C
20 - 80% (no condensation)
Power Consumption Max 10 W (Thunderbolt Mode)
Max 4.5 W (USB 3.0 Mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.17 x 5.12 x 0.91" / 8.05 x 13 x 2.31cm
Weight 9.28 oz / 0.26 g
Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • 3 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Buffalo500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to set up (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Attractive (7)
    • Portable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (4)
      • File transfer (3)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (4), Power user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (4), Personal (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (8)

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      3.0

      strange thunderbolt

      By John

      from Rimouski, Quebec

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

          Work well and fast, but, with the thunderbolt cable (on imac), we have to unplug and plug this portable drive each time we restart the computer, to make it work. Buffalo said that it is normal...

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Quick, portable, easy to use

          By Compflow

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • File Transfer
            • Video

            Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

            Perfect size, quick. A workhorse, quality drive.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            A great scratch disk solution

            By UFOclub1977

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Only one thunderbolt port

            Best Uses

            • Scratch Disc

            Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

            This little drive was the perfect quick fix for a scratch disc to use with Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Pro. The only drawback is only one port is included, which eliminates chaining from it to other drives or devices.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Nice Thunderbolt portable drive f

            By snownyc

            from NYC

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                This is the first Thunderbolt peripheral I have purchased. So far so good and the speed increase in noticeable.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Problem solved!

                By Poupic

                from Havertown, PA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • Portable
                • Quiet
                • Super fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup

                  Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                  Here is the problem I had. I bought the last model of the iMac with no firewire and USB2 but the first with a Thunderbolt port. I backup my iMac faithfully for many years using SuperDuper because I end up with a bootable drive. This is great when traveling to someone with a compatible Apple. I can sort of have my Mac without carrying it.
                  I first bought a USB3 HD that barely could do the back up and not used as a bootable drive being too slow even on the same iMac.
                  All I need is 500GB so B&H had this 500GB with Thunderbolt was eager to get it. The back up is incredibly fast. Must faster than the old FIrewire. Booting from it is a pleasure. This drive has a light in front but today looks are more important than function. The light is hidden below the edge of the drive to look sleek. Thus making this light almost useless. To still benefit from the light I use the drive on the edge, not flat on the desk so I can see the light. Thankfully this drive came with full cabling but of short length. Just the amount of cable needed and no tangle of more garbage cables. I really love this hard drive. It is quiet, stays cool.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  So far, so good

                  By Jeop86

                  from New York Metro Area

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                    Using this drive with Final Cut Pro X on a MacBook Air as a media storage drive and "scratch disk" using the included Thunderbolt cable. Experiencing excellent results so far. Based purchase on CNET review

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    MiniStation Thunderbilt 500GB

                    By Bill

                    from Boston

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                      Plug n Play with my Macs. Thuderbolt is significantly fater than USB 2.0. Comes with the cables you need and reccommended case fits all well. Was not sure about the tunderbolt being worth the money but it transferred 400GB of data in a third of the time. Unit is solid aluminum with a white cap on top, strong.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Awesome

                      By David

                      from Australia

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                          Works as it should. Small efficient and looks cool.

                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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