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Buffalo HD-PA500TU3
7.9 out of 10

Buffalo HD-PA500TU3

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Overall 8
8.0

Does what I wanted it to do!

Bradley K. Stanton, Amazon
15 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Premium performance, build quality, and aesthetics

Ed, Amazon
6 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent hardware marred by sub-standard drive speeds/upgrade difficulty

William Grose "Tzu Crazy", Amazon
6 June 2013
  • 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).
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Overall 8
8.0

SO fast, I couldn't really believe it was happening

Steven Young, Amazon
26 November 2012
  • Summary: I'd been searching for a small external hard drive to carry in my laptop bag to extend the storage of my macbook air, and decided to give this one a try. The Thunderbolt cable is all I need for power and data, and it fits snug into my laptop port, and works very well. Easy to set up, easy to use. Small, and white, this device fits well with all of my other minimally styled Apple products. Only one complaint.
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Overall 8
8.0

Not a thunderbolt drive

Rebecca N, Amazon
26 October 2012
  • Summary: I've had this drive for a few months, using it to back up my macbook pro. It's a nice drive - I don't have issues with noise, and while it gets hot, it's nothing unusual. However, I was expecting something special for the fact that this was a thunderbolt drive, but the speeds seemed in line with my prior backup drive, which was USB 3.0.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fast, but it'd be faster with a SSD

John H. Gruver "brainactiv", Amazon
14 August 2012
  • 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 .
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Overall 8
8.0

Funktioniert und sieht gut aus

OlliD, Amazon
15 August 2013
  • Summary: Also Maximal schnell isses nicht /THUNDERBOLT. aber immerhin 100MByte/sec. Damit am Mac 4x besser als USB 2.0 da dort die meisten USB 3.0 express cards nicht funktionieren.
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Overall 8
8.0

Muy bien :) pero...

OSCAR A HERNANDEZ RAMIREZ, amazon.es
6 June 2013
  • Summary: cosas a tomar en cuenta: - el HDD interno no es de 7200rpm por tanto la velocidad no llega a ser la prometida. - Para algunos casos de Mac, hace falta bajar una actualización del puerto Thunderbolt para que el disco sea reconocido. - Es levemente caro si tomamos en cuenta que el Seagate GoFlex anda cerca del mismo precio y es un lector abierto a cualquier HDD (incluyendo SSD), de mayores capacidades, velocidad, etc.
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