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    Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    SSD and Thunderbolt for the perfect storage match?
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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    Another obviously aimed at Mac fans product, styling and pricing are definite Mac territory. Even £150 is too much, given that they don't pay retail price for the SSD drive they install in it and the TB chips are a few $ each. They shouldn't be asking more than £140 for it, it's not even a triumph of miniaturisation.

    You can get a 128GB Corsair USB3 PenDrive for ~£130 instead, smaller, just as rugged, almost as fast... would do just fine for data transfer/backup. The 10Gb Thunderbolt isn't really needed for single drive solutions.

    I suspect they use the Crucial M4 to keep active power well under the 4.5W of USB3 and not kill your laptop battery, some of the high end drives have high load power.
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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    This 128GB SSD model is easily available under £150 from various sellers on Amazon. I had a spare Samsung 830 256GB drive so I plumped for the Seagate TB adapter at £73 delivered from Maplin plus a £24 TB cable from Jigsaw24, otherwise I considered this smaller drive as a homebrew Fusion drive.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    I don't understand the point of this though. Why would you need a drive this fast for portable storage?
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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    Why haven't they taken the actual SSD out of the 2.5" casing?

    That is such a waste of space.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    I don't understand the point of this though. Why would you need a drive this fast for portable storage?
    Why would you need a drive that fast & that small (in terms of capacity) for external storage? Surely, a 128GB pendrive makes more sense.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    It could be a lot thinner and for the price vs speed compared to just having pen drives is far from worth it
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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    Quote Originally Posted by tenshin111 View Post
    Why would you need a drive that fast & that small (in terms of capacity) for external storage? Surely, a 128GB pendrive makes more sense.
    Those of us with 2011 iMacs with two thunderbolt ports and no USB 3 ports aren't puzzled at all. It also makes for a fast scratch drive for Photoshop.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    i just got a rMBP and bought a 1tb samsung drive from Amazing for £50. This seems useless, I got 1 thunderbolt for Ethernet port, another for display port. So now I am all out of ports. Ontop of that it is overpriced.

    You can pick up a SDXC 64gb card for £34 on Amazon. I would rather have that as my flash storage.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    A 64GB SD card for £34 is going to be slow, regardless of what "class" of SD card it is. Thunderbolt ports can be daisy chained, although this and the adapters you already have won't probably don't have a second port, it would be possible if the enginers decided to do it.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    That is a fair point, sd is slow.

    But, if I use 1 for display port, 1 for lan port.. Only have two in laptop. So would only be useful if I can daisy chain it.

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    Re: Reviews - Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD 128GB

    You could use a USB-ethernet dongle instead to free up your other TB port. That should have more than enough bandwidth for internet transfer if you don't want to use wireless. USB3 - ethernet dongles might have made it onto the market if Ultrabooks hadn't used proprietary mini-ethernet ports instead.

    [Edit] Scrub last sentence. Full gigabit usb dongles have made it onto the market

    http://www.kikatek.com/P280552/USB31...gabit-Ethernet
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