Buffalo MiniStation replacement cable : Buffalo Technology

Buffalo MiniStation replacement cable

Back when Thunderbolt (then Intel Lightpeak) was optical, I was actively involved in covering the interface, partly out of professional curiosity due to my optical background, partly because I sincerely believe optical interfaces are an inevitable part of the future. When Lightpeak became Thunderbolt and lost the optical layer, it fell under Anand’s beat and the Mac umbrella. I acquired a MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt somewhere around the same time, but never acquired any Thunderbolt peripherals or drives. Since then, Thunderbolt has slowly but surely gained traction with more and more peripherals and host devices. Initial adoption was glacial in part because most of the earliest Thunderbolt peripherals were really aimed at the very high end market with big RAID or JBOD stations, and partly due to what boiled down to Thunderbolt being Apple-only until just recently.

There’s an interesting story as to exactly why most of the initial Thunderbolt peripherals were aimed at such a high-end market, and some of it was purely because of both the TDP, size, and engineering constraints involved with the first generation Thunderbolt controllers. The other half of the equation is that selling external storage isn’t always the most valuable prospect, as shoppers expect commodity pricing and generally know the cost of the drive inside. Thankfully, second generation Thunderbolt controllers with smaller size, TDP, and lower cost are now the norm, and at the same time Apple has unleashed more Macs with the interface of note, meaning that there’s a bigger captive market of potentially interested shoppers.

So when Buffalo dropped us a line about an upcoming 2.5" form factor portable hard drive with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, I couldn’t resist the temptation and jumped at the opportunity to review it. When it comes to single drive external Thunderbolt storage, the only real options at this point are either the Seagate GoFlex, or the new Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt.

The Buffalo MiniStation comes in two flavors, differentiated only in storage size. There’s a 1 TB version which runs 9.99 named the HD-PA1.0TU3, and a 500 GB version named the HD-PA500TU3 and priced at 9.99. The only difference is what drive you get inside; both include Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Buffalo has also opted to include both the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables with both MiniStations. Prior drives required the separate purchase of a Thunderbolt cable, which costs around $50. Since there are now multiple cable suppliers (whether this means the active controller in the cable, or companies cabling the system remains unknown to me), pricing has started creeping down and Buffalo was able to include both a 19.7 inch Thunderbolt cable and USB 3.0 cable.

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt
HD-PA500TU3 HD-PA1.0TU3
Storage 500 GB HDD 1 TB HDD
Interface miniUSB 3.0 (2.0 legacy), Thunderbolt (no pass through), Cables Included
Formatting Mac (HFS+)
Size, Mass 3.17 x 5.12 x 0.91 (inches), 9.28 oz
Pricing
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  • USB Output provides you with the flexibility to charge iPhone s, iPod s, Smartphones, Tablets, GPS, Android Devices and more! Output 1A / 5V ; Input: 1A / 5V
  • Built-in short circuit, over-charge and over-heat protection allows for safe, fast and reliable charge while on the go.
  • 4 LED lights work as charge indicators to show battery level or charging status - Convenient built in dual-LED flashlight provides light when you need it.
  • A compact design that fits in your palm with a hard casing, mirror finish and LED lights.

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.. faire pour développer des supports de stockage externes compatibles avec la technologie révolutionnaire Thunderbolt : Les MiniStation. Les disques externes Buffalo Ministation intègrent soit un SSD soit un disque dur magnétique pour répondre à tous .

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Buffalo MiniStation: Thunderbolt 1TBI have a couple of these to store instrument samples and projects. It doesn't need any external power and runs off Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, so it's incredibly portable.

DURAGADGET DURAGADGET Spare / Replacement White USB to Micro B Data Sync / Charger Cable For Buffalo HD-PCF1.0U3BB-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0 / Buffalo HD-PCF500U3B-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0 / Buffalo HD-PCF2.0U3GB-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0 / Buffalo HD-PCF1.0U3BW-EU 1TB MiniStation Portable USB 3.0
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  • Designed specifically for your device
  • Ideal for synchronizing data to or from your device and efficiently charging your phone simultaneously
  • Perfect for use as a spare or replacement cable for lost or broken charger cables
  • Faster design for the Micro USB sync and charging cable
  • Compact and lightweight, in a stylish white finish

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