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Buffalo1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables
 
4.5

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (55)
  • Easy to set up (52)
  • Easy to use (51)
  • Portable (39)
  • Large capacity / good size (36)

Cons

  • Slow (6)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (33)
  • Additional storage (25)
  • File transfer (20)
  • Video (20)
  • Photo storage (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (52), Casual user (10)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (45), Personal (20)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (63)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Drive Great Price

B&H has the best price on this thunderbolt drive! It is as simple as plugging in. It is styled to fit your mac product line. It is light weight, MAC format...Read complete review

B&H has the best price on this thunderbolt drive! It is as simple as plugging in. It is styled to fit your mac product line. It is light weight, MAC format ready, using it to store virtual machines & time machine backups.

It comes with the cables for thunderbolt & USB. It is USB 2.0 & 3.0 compatible. I can backup my MAC & save the time capsule on my NAS by plugging in directly with USB.

If I were to say something bad about it, it gets warm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It does the job.

I use the product to shuttle libraries back and forth between myself and others. Its certainly nice that it comes with its own Thunderbolt cable. The speed of the drive when moving data seems...Read complete review

I use the product to shuttle libraries back and forth between myself and others. Its certainly nice that it comes with its own Thunderbolt cable. The speed of the drive when moving data seems to be about twice the speed of a Firewire 800 drive. I'm running off of a 7200 RPM drive at the moment and I'm waiting to see if transfers speed up any after installing a SSD.

It comes in an aluminum casing which is nice. Its about the same size as my G-Tech mobile drives so that is cool. I wish it had a second Thunderbolt port so other drives could be chained through it. I use a non Apple display with my laptop so when I want to use the drive i have to unplug my second monitor. I could just use it with the USB port but that sort of defeats the purpose of Thunderbolt doesn't it?

I am somewhat concerned about its durability but I've only had the drive for three weeks so we'll see how that goes. For now i'm gentle but we'll see how it holds up to airline travel in the near future. If it holds up I do plan on buying another one of these so they mirror each other.

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5.0

Super Fast

By Liller

from Algonquin, IL

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Pros

  • Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

    Super slick design, though it is a bit bigger than most of my 1TB drives, but it doesn't bother me. Very fast. Very happy with it.

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

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    5.0

    Excellent Upgrade!

    By college student & journalist

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

      I am very happy with this product! I had a Buffalo drive that I purchased 2 years ago, but I was looking for something larger and portable. This is exactly what I wanted, and from what I can tell, the price was in line with what's standard. The product was packaged well and delivered very quickly. I highly recommend it!!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Great Dependable HD

      By WAde

      from Spokane, WA

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Small Networks

      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

      Works great and is very portable.

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

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      4.0

      Great fast little hard drive

      By Aco

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Price

      Best Uses

      • High Volume
      • Home

      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

      I bought this because of it's size and the thunderbolt connection. It really is exactly as advertised and I couldn't be happier. It is a bit pricey but it is quite affordable compared to other thunderbolt externals.

      Pick this up!

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

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      4.0

      Great drive for the price.

      By Kyle Style

      from Panama City Beach, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Built Well
      • Compact
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High Volume
        • Home

        Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

        I use these drives at work as well as at home. The thunderbolt connection allows me to work in FCP from the drive with no dropped from issues.

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

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        5.0

        great workhorse for FCP X

        By Justin in New Orleans

        from New Orleans, LA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Film Projects

          Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

          I bought a small pile of these to issue my film students. They use FCP X which is really built around using fast, portable, thunderbolt drives. These have been through one semester and have survived well enough. Putting the fear of God into students about replacement costs helps in this matter, but still. Accidents happen as does jostling. And these are a significant upgrade to the old G-Drive Firewire 800 drives I have, which are now relegated to backup duty. I like that they are self-powered and come with the cable, which is a total racket otherwise. The case also is a little bit matte finish, which will take writing from a Sharpie to identify the unit with semipermanent inventory info. Also comes in a small enough cardboard box without excess packaging that makes it easy to give to students.

          My only suggestion for improvement would be to have a pass-through port. For me, this would mean plugging into the back of my 8TB WD powerbook and chaining a series of drives to copy stock footage onto a series of drives all at once. But alas, few products are perfect.

          They DO get hot if you run a lot of data through them. But I think that is pretty much all thunderbolt drives, esp small ones.

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          • Business
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          • Mac

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          4.0

          Great for the Go!

          By Cesar Nery

          from São Paulo. BR

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

            Just started Using it. I find it great to Edit on the Go. With a Mac Book Pro and the MiniStation I have it all and since it does not need AC it's perfect to set it up quick.

            I'd like it to have more processing power and speed.

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

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            5.0

            so far great

            By dlove

            from portland, OR

            About Me Power user

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                I rate this item high on the following:
                price
                size
                inc's cables
                fast

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

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                5.0

                This thing flies!

                By Mr. Blonde Cow

                from Sarasota, FL

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Fast
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                    This little portable drive replaced a usb drive and the difference is incredible! Super fast over Thunderbolt.

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

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                    4.0

                    Great product does as expected

                    By power user Clay

                    from Miami Florida

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High Volume
                      • Small Networks

                      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                      Great product easy to use and i use it mostly for videos and music.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      gresat so far

                      By summerwind

                      from utah

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High Volume
                        • Home

                        Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                        so far it's been a great drive, I have only had it a few weeks, but seems to work really great

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

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Hard Drive

                        By envisionstudios

                        from New York, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High Volume
                          • Home
                          • Sensitive Materials

                          Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                          Works exactly as expected. Thunderbolt read/write speeds are blazing fast, with a great form factor to boot. The icing on the cake are the included cables. Would recommend.

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

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                          5.0

                          Rock Solid!!

                          By ProPhotog

                          from Huntsville, Al.

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Runs Hot

                          Best Uses

                          • Videophoto Storage

                          Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                          I purchased this little Drive for a storing video and photos from a 2 week shoot. Quiet, True Plug and Play on my Macbook Air, this drive has excellent build quality and asthetics. With effective grip strips onthe bottom and included Thunderbolt and USB 3 Cables, the Buffalo 1TB MiniStation has worked without a hitch. I used iMovie to quickly deliver next day videos for my clients to enjoy from the previous days events, and the Ministation proved to be the perfect companion, as traveling light was a priority! On one video I recorded a voiceover, and it was nice to not worry about any unwanted noise from the unit. The only negative was this drive will run "hot" during rendering of video projects. Just short of holding it in your hand "hot"! But having used various External Hard Drives, the 1TB Buffalo MiniStation sits at the top, providing a better Per-Gigabyte value for the money, especially with the included interconnects!

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                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Would buy again

                          By THX723

                          from CA

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                Aesthetically pleasing; matches the similarly colored MACs.

                                Inclusion of Thunderbolt and USB3 cables is a major plus!

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

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                                5.0

                                Great Little Drive

                                By Wes Evans

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High Volume

                                  Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                  I'm using this as an editing stopgap for a client. They're keeping a backup of all the files, but they're spread over a lot of external drives so I bought this to accumulate all the footage while I edit it. The project revolves around 500 short form videos, 1000 GIFs and 1000 Stills, so you can see how it eats up space very quickly. Being able to edit directly off of the Buffalo drive saves a lot of internal hard drive space as well and thanks to the Thunderbolt connection there's minimal performance lost. Last and best of all is that it's bus powered and super compact. LOVE it.

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  1.0

                                  The Specs Don't Make Sense 3.0 GBs MAX

                                  By pjack

                                  from los angeles, ca

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                    If you're using a SATA II 3.0 GBs disk drive, then merely using a Thunderbolt cable is not going to more than triple the transfer speed. You're limited by the SATA II 3.0 GBs connection.

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                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome!

                                    By Kyle

                                    from Canada

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High Volume
                                      • Home
                                      • Small Networks

                                      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                      Thunderbolt is great! Not WAY faster than USB 3.0 but DEFINITELY faster. Simple plug-and-play. Adds storage to a 2012 MacBook Pro with a 256gb SSD. Best of both worlds: super fast SSD with plenty of room on the MiniStation for media/etc.

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                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Drive!

                                      By TvPat

                                      from Washington, DC

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                      Very fast and affordable bus powered Thunderbolt drive. The only thing missing is 2 Thunderbolt ports for loopthrough.

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                                      4.0

                                      Excellent performance thus far

                                      By Scott in Tyler

                                      from Tyler, Texas

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • High Volume
                                        • Home

                                        Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                        Great product, I bought two on the initial purchase and they both are working well. I like that this product has two outputs - Thunderbolt (great speed) and the USB 3 which is backward compatible with USB 2 devices. I use these on two different MacBook Pros that I have. One is an older 17" version (no Thunderbolt) and the other is a new 15" Retinal display version. It works very well on both and I am able to take my Aperture libraries with me as I travel. If I had any wish that could turn 4 stars into 5 stars it would be for this product to be available as an SSD drive with at least 960 MB to 1 TB capacity (larger without a larger footprint would be even better)

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                                        • Business
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                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        Super user-friendly

                                        By Zegpoddle

                                        from Phoenix, AZ

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Runs Hot

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home

                                        Comments about Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables:

                                        I'm using this with Time Machine on a Mac desktop (with OS 10.7 Lion) for backups. Of course I can't yet comment on the drive's long-term performance, but setup was a snap. I plugged in the Thunderbolt cable, turned on Time Machine, and I was done. The Buffalo drive fits perfectly on the base of the iMac display. It even looks as if it had been designed to go along with the Mac. Copying about 225 GB of data from the Mac to the Buffalo drive using Thunderbolt took about an hour, I think. The external drive is a bit warm to the touch, but that mild drawback is the only negative I can think of.

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                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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