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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Singapore

Dual Interfaces on a 2.5-inch Portable HDD

Since the introduction of USB 3.0 in 2008, there have been a slew of portable 2.5-inch, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 based storage drives that offer a variety capacity points while offering transmission speeds up to a maximum of 5Gbps, which can give you up to 400MB/s in actual usage. The capability to reach this super fast speed greatly depends on the actual storage medium. As such, solid state drive (SSD) based solutions rather than those using standard hard disk drives stand to benefit from the interface's full potential.

Buffalo has up the ante with the introduction of Thunderbolt technology with its Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt. This drive features both Thunderbolt technology and USB 3.0 interface. Its Thunderbolt feature has broken the monotony of what is currently available and underscores the pioneering spirit of Buffalo to bring the latest technology to its portable storage solution. There is one catch that could be holding it back and that's the drive used within its enclosure which is not an SSD, but rather it's rather standard 5400RM based hard disk drive. Such drives are far from even breaching USB 3.0's capability, let alone Thunderbolt.

According to most marketing literature we have read, this new interconnect technology is twice as fast as USB 3.0. With this figure in mind, we have put this drive through our suite of benchmarking software to ascertain if the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt is capable of achieving such performance levels and if it's worth the extra cost. The drive is available in two capacity points - 500GB and 1TB. We're reviewing the 500GB edition in this article along with a couple of comparison products.

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt and Comparison Products
Model Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Buffalo MiniStation Extreme Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo
Interface Type Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
Capacity 500GB / 1TB
  • 6TB (in RAID 0 configuration)
  • 2 x 3TB
Supplied Cable Length(s)

USB 3.0 Cable (50.8cm)

Thunderbolt Cable (52.2cm)

Built-in (15cm) and extension (50cm) Not Supplied
LED Activity Indicator Yes Yes (Orange for USB 2.0, blue for USB 3.0)
HDD Specs - Rotational Speed 5400RPM

5400 - 7200 RPM

HDD Specs - SATA Support SATA 3Gbps SATA 6Gbps
HDD Specs - Buffer Size 8MB 64MB per HDD
Shock Protection US Military Grade Shock Protection
Carry Case
  • Secure Lock Manager
  • Password protection with encryption
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Station d'accueil Vantec Piano 101 : accueillante ?  — 59Hardware.net
.. 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 .

What's In.. Charlie Lim's Incase Backpack  — The Straits Times
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.

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  • Hard Drive Capacity: 512 GB| Hard Drive Interface Type: SATA 3 Gb/s| Hard Drive Spindle Speed: N/A| Width: 1.77 Inch| Depth: 6.06 Inch| Height: 4.02 Inch

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