Summary: I had filled up my Westgate 160 GB hard drive with photos and video and was looking for a hardrive that we could store all of our family videos on moving forward. It worked well on my Macbook and Macbook Air.
Excellent hardware marred by sub-standard drive speeds/upgrade difficulty
I. R. Smart. "Tzu Crazy", Amazon
15 August 2012
Summary: This BUFFALO Technology MiniStation is a shame. A really great shame. Why? Because it's theoretically a great product. The build quality is great, the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables included are a great touch (especially given how expensive Thunderbolt cables currently are). So what's the problem, then? So in my testing via Thunderbolt on a 2011 MacBook Air, the slow-spinning Samsung 5400rpm disk inside the enclosure is a huge bottleneck (I didn't even hit 100MB/s).
Summary: NOTES: ---Sorry about the tabulated info not ending up in tab form... some kind of failing with the review processing. The column with low numbers is USB 2.0, and the column with higher numbers is ThunderBolt in the MacBook Pro and USB 3.0 in the Mac Pro. ---Speed tests for USB 2.0 and 3.0 are about 25% slower than the results I obtained under the same testing conditions on a Seagate Backup Plus 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STCA2000100 .
Premium performance, build quality, and aesthetics
25 July 2012
Summary: The Buffalo MiniStation 500 GB Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drive is one of only a few Thunderbolt drives out on the market right now. Thunderbolt drives can theoretically reach twice the speeds of USB 3.0, but you'll have to pay a premium for those theoretical speeds. I took a look at the Buffalo Thunderbolt drive to see if the portable hard drive was worth the premium.