MiniStation Thunderbolt™ SSD

Fast and Faster SSD
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Portable Hard Drive


Buffalo Technology's MiniStation Thunderbolt™ Portable HDD is world's first portable Thunderbolt™ with an USB 3.0 dual-interface external drive solution. The Thunderbolt™ (10Gbps) Interface is twice times faster than USB 3.0 while preserving backward compatibility with existing devices that support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.

128GB  HD-PA128TU3S-EU
256GB  HD-PA256TU3S-EU

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Apple friendly

The MiniStation Thunderbolt™ Portable SSD can be formatted to support both PC and Mac® making it a great portable storage solution for any device. Native Compatibility with Mac OS X Time Machine also makes it an ideal solution for backup with Mac computers.

Bus powered

Bus-powered, the MiniStation Thunderbolt™ Portable SSD requires no additional power supply and is easy to carry. Just plug the portable SSD body with the included Thunderbolt Cable* onto your Mac. Housed in a sleek aluminum body with a transparent frosted top, the design feels luxurious. MiniStation Thunderbolt™ Portable SSD features an indirect disk access LED indicator on the underside that tastefully illuminates its supporting surface.

With the MiniStation Thunderbolt™ Portable SSD on the move, you can transfer digital content faster, simplify connections between devices, maintain compatibility with nearly any device and enjoy new ways to use portable storage.

*No AC adapter is required

Ultimate speed

Thunderbolt (10GBps) Interface. Two times faster Interface speed than USB 3.0.


Two extremely fast interfaces:

Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.


Sophisticated design.

Bus powered

No additional power input required.

Apple friendly

Ready for use for Mac immediately and Works for Mac TimeMachine (HFS+ formatted).

Internal Hard Drives
SSD Interface
SATA 3, 6 Gb/s
Total Capacity
128GB, 256GB
Thunderbolt Interface
Standard Compliance
Connector Type
Thunderbolt™ (Mini DisplayPort)
Thunderbolt™ Ports
Max Transmission Rate
Max: 10 Gb/s
USB Interface
Standard Compliance
USB 3.0
Connector Type
USB 3 Type B
USB 3.0 Ports
Max Transmission Rate
80.5 x 130 x 23 mm
Client OS
Thunderbolt - Mac OS X 10.6 or later, USB - Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows 7 (64-bit/32-bit) / Vista (64-bit/32-bit) / XP(32-bit)
Operating Environment
5-35°C, 20-80% (non-condensing)
Power Supply
USB bus powered
Product Part Numbers
Note: 1TB = 1, 000, 000, 000, 000Bytes. Actual data throughput will vary depending upon environment factor.

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