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BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PA1.0TU3) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PA1.0TU3)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 240 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Transfer5.0   above average
Speed4.8   above average
Price4.7   average
Quality4.0   below average
Cable3.8   average
Port2.6   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"The Lightning Cable failed very shortly after being put in service."
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"They told me they were unable to process my RMA because I only sent in the cable and they needed the entire device."
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"Comes with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cable included, but unfortunately the thunderbolt connection is not working."
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"As others have said, the cord that comes with it looses contact so easy it is annoying."
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"They obviously have a problem with the cable that is included with the drive."
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"The good news is that Buffalo does warranty this problem; unfortunately you have to send the drive and cable back."
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"They do not mention if it's RAID 0, and - stupid mistake - there is no clue about the fact the box includes the HD, of course but also One 50 cm Thunderbolt Cable of excellent quality and One 50 cm USB Cable."
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"- That is roughly the same as reaches Lacie 9000449 Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series 500GB, which is a SSD costing 500.00, bus-powered and promising speeds up to 385MB s. -LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt-2 Portable Hard Drive 1TB SSD for 1299.00 achieves 1100-1375MB s but you need a cord and I guess on a thunderbolt 1 environment it will do half so great, but its performance is astoundingly better than a non-portable pegasus 2, which reaches 750MB s through thunderbolt 2, just the same as its portable version we will consider below."
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"However, I do have a similar LaCie drive and that one the activitylight indicator is on the back of the unit where the cables connectand it can be easily rotated to view."
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"nice to get the TB cable included."
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Port

Port:
"Buyers, do be aware with this drive, there are numerous reports of faulty Thunderbolt ports, and the same was true for me."
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"I gave it a shot, because it was a decent price, but out of the box dead ports is frankly unacceptable to me."
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"Like others report, the thunderbolt port is useless."
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"Buyer beware, Doesn't work thunderbolt port on MacMini 2010 (About Mac system report shows thunderbolt port, but its actually only a mini display port)."
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"The only negative I can think of is that there is no second Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining."
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"After only one week of use, the Thunderbolt port failed completely."
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"I gave it a shot, because it was a decent price, but out of the box dead ports is frankly unacceptable to me."
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"I wish it had a thunderbolt through port so this was not the end of the chain :( but it works great"
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"This storage drive looks great, and the data transfer speed using the Thunderbolt port is nothing short of amazing."
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"Works well with my 2011 MacBook Air via the thunderbolt port."
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"Small, quite, extremely fast, sleek, and all powered through the Thunderbolt port to boot."
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Price

Price:
"I gave it a shot, because it was a decent price, but out of the box dead ports is frankly unacceptable to me."
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"For the price tag, this is an excellent deal, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat."
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"Still a good price for a 1TB drive @ $134.00."
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"I gave it a shot, because it was a decent price, but out of the box dead ports is frankly unacceptable to me."
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"Works well for a reasonable price."
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"Best price for a thunderbolt hard drive."
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Quality

Quality:
"Build quality seemed good but hard drive failed in same way other reviewers described above."
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"It would be hard to find a similar quality USB 3.0 only case at this price."
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"I love the high quality of this!"
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"They do not mention if it's RAID 0, and - stupid mistake - there is no clue about the fact the box includes the HD, of course but also One 50 cm Thunderbolt Cable of excellent quality and One 50 cm USB Cable."
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"Nicely made and feels like a quality Apple product all around..."
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"There's little to recommend them over the current crop of cheap USB 3.0 drives unless you have a Thunderbolt system and only USB 2.0.Nice high quality hardware but not nearly as fast as I would like."
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"Build quality seemed good but hard drive failed in same way other reviewers described above."
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Speed

Speed:
"Horrible, below 40 meg s performance on brand new MAcbook pro."
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"I purchased the Buffalo Technology Ministation 1.0 TB Thunderbolt USB 3.0 drive expecting some decent speed from the Thunderbolt connection however after testing the drive with Blackmagic disc speed test I found the results to be disappointing."
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"For those with newer MacBooks that have USB 3.0 ports, there really isn't a speed advantage to owning a Thunderbolt drive, since the two interfaces perform similarly."
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"I realize that this would make it much more expensive, but would be nice in order to get more of the performance benefits provided by Thunderbolt."
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"screaming fast hard drive, love it! "
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"Great , FAST drive !"
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"The performance is great and it just has a perfect design to match any mac computer!"
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"I love the look, and the speed."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"It was a really fast and seamless transfer of files."
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"I use my drive primarily to store video & the transfer speed via Thunderbolt is amazing."
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"This storage drive looks great, and the data transfer speed using the Thunderbolt port is nothing short of amazing."
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"ITS SIMPLICITY, ease of connection and the transfer backup is seamless."
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"Perfect for my needs of speed in data transfer and also my constant on the move."
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