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Buffalo1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drive with Cables
 
4.5

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (62)
  • Easy to set up (59)
  • Easy to use (56)
  • Portable (39)
  • Large capacity / good size (36)

Cons

  • Slow (7)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (33)
  • Additional storage (25)
  • File transfer (20)
  • Video (20)
  • Photo storage (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (56), Casual user (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (47), Personal (25)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (70)

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

large fast storage for apple

By woody

from santa rosa

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home

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

    use for portable storage.. small and compact works with new and old apple computers

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

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    4.0

    Very good.

    By Moe

    from California

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Small Networks

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

    The hard disk is not as fast as I thought it would be using thunderbolt. However it is very solid and good for using it as backup with time machine.

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

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    5.0

    Small, Fast, and Simple!

    By fotog

    from Central NY

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I love things that just work! Took this out of the box, plugged it into the thunderbolt port (my old macbook pro doesn't have a USB 3.0 port so this is perfect). That's all the setup required. The files copy very fast, and the whole drive fits in my hand, so it takes up very little space on my desk. My hard drive was nearly full, so I am using this to unclutter it, while still keeping the files easily accessible. Would definitely recommend this!

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

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        5.0

        Great so far!

        By jenn

        from ohio

        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:

          Liked my experience so much with the first one that I ordered an additional. I primarily use portable, bus-powered external drives for my cloned backups that I store off-site. Cords and ports on this unit are good quality. No complaints so far, though I always have backups of backups for critical data. Great service by B&H Photo. I've ordered more from them this year than ever before and plan to use them more often in the future over other online sites as I appreciate their service and selection.

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

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          5.0

          Fast, small, and high capacity storage.

          By shankel128

          from Champaign, IL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High Volume
            • Video editing

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

            I have been waiting for a drive like this for a long time. The 1 TB MiniStation Thunderbolt drive is an ideal portable drive for editing video on the road. With the 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface, this drive has the throughput to handle HD Video editing tasks seamlessly. I've used other drives that interface via a Thunderbolt docking station for a few years. This drive does away with the docking station and connects directly via the included Thunderbolt cable. The drive comes pre-formatted as a Mac Extended Journaled drive so it was recognized immediately by my i7 Macbook Air. The silver and white housing matches the Mac perfectly. I was so impressed I bought 2.

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

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            5.0

            No effort

            By sriijun

            from Eugene, OR

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

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

              This hooked up easily, up and running in minutes, great for a back-up for my iMac

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

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By PS

              from CT

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High Volume

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

                I bought this because I now have a new MacBook Pro with a thunderbolt connection. It is very fast and seems sturdy. It is expensive but better when compared to other thunderbolt external hard drives. B&H had a great sale!

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

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                5.0

                Super Fast

                By Liller

                from Algonquin, IL

                About Me Power user

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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

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                    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

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Reviewer

                      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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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

                                    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:

                                      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

                                      About Me Power user

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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.

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                                        • Business
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                                        • 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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