MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive
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MiniStation™ Thunderbolt
High Performance Portable Storage & Backup

MiniStation™ Thunderbolt offers easy plug-and-play storage, featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt interface for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB port for universal connectivity. With speeds up to 10 Gbps, MiniStation Thunderbolt offers speeds 2X FASTER than USB 3.0. Perfect as a PC* or Mac® portable hard drive, the MiniStation Thunderbolt offers one of the fastest connection interfaces available.

  • Thunderbolt interface delivers extremely fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps for Mac users
  • USB 3.0 offers universal connectivity for Windows® PCs
  • Plug-and-play setup provides easy to use storage and quick capacity expansion
  • Pre-formatted for Mac
  • Time Machine® support offers scheduled backups for protecting Mac computers
1 TB / HD-PA1.0TU3
2 TB / HD-PA2.0TU3
Thunderbolt Technology
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PRODUCT FEATURES

 

unparalleled speed UNPARALLELED SPEED

The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive features the revolutionary Thunderbolt storage technology, raising the bar on how you transfer, store and transport data. Delivering speeds up to an amazing 10 Gbps**, this portable Thunderbolt drive uses the fastest interface available, 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, ideal for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.

FASTER FILE ACCESS AND TRANSFER SPEEDS

Additionally, daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to maximize use of a single port†.


thunderbolt and USB supportEASY TO USE STORAGE

MiniStation Thunderbolt provides reliable, easy to use portable storage to quickly expand the capacity of your PC or Mac computer with Thunderbolt support and universal USB 3.0 plug-and-play connectivity.


USB 3.0/2.0 Compatibility USB COMPATIBILITY

Coupled with the lightning-fast Thunderbolt interface is a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for Mac computers but can easily be reformatted for use with PCs*.

time machine backup TIME MACHINE BACKUP

The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for use with Mac and compatible with Time Machine® for complete data backup. Schedule backups and automatically protect your important files with this powerful Mac portable hard drive.

*Windows® OS systems only supported using USB connection.
**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.

Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gbps
Hard Drive Sizes 1 TB, 2 TB
Thunderbolt Interface
Standards Compliance Thunderbolt
Data Transfer Rates 10 Gbps*
Number of Ports 1
* 10 Gbps is the maximum transfer rate derived from the specifications of the Thunderbolt technology. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.
USB Interface
Standards Compliance USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Data Transfer Rates 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
Connector Type Micro B
Number of Ports 1
* 480 Mbps and 5 Gbps are the maximum transfer rates derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 and 3.0. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.
Other
Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.12 x 3.17 x 0.91 in
Weight 0.58 lbs
Power Supply DC 5 V (Bus-powered)
Client OS Support* Thunderbolt: Mac OS® X 10.6 or later
USB: Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® XP
Mac OS® X 10.5 or later
Box Contents MiniStation Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt Cable, USB 3.0 Cable, Warranty Statement

*Internal hard drive is pre-formatted as HSF+ but can be reformatted as FAT32 or NTFS for use with Windows OS

 

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FAQs

Do I need any software to use my MiniStation or DriveStation?

Buffalo external USB storage devices do not require any software to use as an external hard drive in Windows or Mac. The Buffalo Tools suite of software is optional software that provides performance enhancing technologies, backup, and encryption amongst other features. To use these features, software components must be used.

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Do I need to format my DriveStation or MiniStation before I can use it?

All Buffalo DriveStation and MiniStation products come preformatted and are ready to use. It can also be reformatted to NTFS or HFS+ easily from any Windows® or Mac computer.

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Do the MiniStation devices work with Mac OS?

Yes, all MiniStation devices support Mac OS X. However, many components of Buffalo Tools may not work in Mac OS. By default MiniStation is formatted for use in Windows. It requires formatting by Mac OS by using Mac's included "Disk Utility" software (Inside the Utilities folders in Applications). Also, there is 3rd party software for Mac OS that allows Mac to support NTFS.

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Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 10.94 MB
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2012-06-25     MiniStation Thunderbolt User's Manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
PDF 1.10 MB
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2014-08-13     Reformatting with NTFS For Windows 7/Vista

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