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Closer Look

The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PA1.0TU3 is shipped in a small cardboard box with pictures of the device viewed from different aspects on the side panels.

There’s no picture on the bottom of the box. Instead, you can find here some useful information: a diagram comparing data-transfer rates of different interfaces, a connection scheme, brief product specifications and a list of the box contents.

Inside the box the device is additionally protected with a plastic wrap. The accessories include USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables, a warranty information card and a user guide. The disk is prepared for Apple’s Mac OS by default, so the user guide explains how to change its file system into NTFS and use it with Microsoft Windows.

The MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PA1.0TU3 has a small case with a matte white plastic top and a silvery metallic bottom. There’s a Buffalo logo on one of the sides. The disk stands on two arc-shaped rubber feet.

USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectors can be found on the back panel.

There’s nothing else we can add about the exterior design. It’s clear why the disk comes without a CD with drivers or a detailed user manual. It just doesn’t need all that, just like it has no need for an external power adapter. You just attach the disk to your computer with one of the included cables, and it’s ready to go. The only external detail we can mention is the soft white indicator of disk access on the opposite side from the connectors.

The specifications of Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 disks follow below:

We’re dealing with a 1TB model but the series also includes a 500GB model called HD-PA500TU3.

 
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