Summary: It is no faster than a USB 3 drive, but it does come with a Thunderbolt port and cable. I have been using either the 1 TB or 2 TB version of this drive. They are comparable to Western Digital or Seagate and similarly reliable, but it is cheaper just to buy a USB3 drive if you don't need to connect...
Summary: The Lightning Cable failed very shortly after being put in service. Fortunately the USB 3.0 Cable still worked, else I would have returned it, however, this has turned me off from Buffalo branded hard drives. I'll stick with OWC from now on...
Summary: I received the Drive in less time than expected. And would do business with this company again. As for the drive, all I had to do was plug it into the computer and it started working perfectly. Very satisfied.
Summary: Beware!!!! The thunderbolt drive seems to be working OK but the firewire cable that is shipped with the product stopped working one day after I received it. The EXACT same thing happened to a friend of mine who ordered the product last week.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Other reviewers have already gone into minute detail about the technical specs, so I'll be brief and simple. This surprisingly small HD easily backed up my Macbook Pro. Setup was painless... plug it into a port and it works. No software to install, no instruction booklet necessary.
Thunderbolt connection stopped working after 6 weeks...
6 June 2013
Summary: After about 6 weeks and very little use the Thunderbolt connection on my 1 TB Buffalo MiniStation has stopped working. The USB 3.0 connection still works, but I'm really disappointed since the Thunderbolt connection was my main reason for buying this hard drive in the first place.