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MiniStation™ Thunderbolt
Portable Bus-Powered Thunderbolt Drive / USB 3.0 Storage

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

  • Thunderbolt Hard Drive Technology
  • Interface Speeds up to 10 Gbps*
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Pre-formatted for Mac®
1 TB / HD-PA1.0TU3
2 TB / HD-PA2.0TU3
Thunderbolt Technology
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PORTABLE BUS-POWERED THUNDERBOLT DRIVE & USB 3.0 STORAGE

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 2X faster than USB 3.0, giving you the fastest portable storage interface ever, perfect for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts. Consider this Thunderbolt portable hard drive for your large storage and high performance needs.

FASTER FILE ACCESS AND TRANSFER SPEEDS


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.

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


USB 3.0/2.0 Compatibility USB COMPATIBILITY

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 and 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 plug and play connectivity with this powerful Mac® portable hard drive.


all cables included ALL CABLES INCLUDED

MiniStation™ Thunderbolt is a complete portable Thunderbolt drive 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.


compact and convenient COMPACT AND CONVENIENT

Housed in a sleek aluminum body, the MiniStation™ Thunderbolt portable hard drive 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.

 

*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
Hard Drive Sizes 500 GB, 1 TB
Thunderbolt Interface
Number of Ports 1
Interface Speeds Max. 10 Gb/s
USB Interface
Standard Compliance USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Connector Micro B Type
Number of Ports 1
Interface Speeds Max. 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0) Max. 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0)
Other
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.17 x 5.12 x 0.91 in
Weight 9.28 oz
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

*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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