MiniStation™ Thunderbolt offers easy plug-and-play storage, featuring Thunderbolt 1 interface for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB port for universal connectivity. With speeds up to 10 Gbps, MiniStation Thunderbolt offers speeds 2X FASTER than USB 3.0. Perfect as a PC* or Mac® portable hard drive, the MiniStation Thunderbolt offers one of the fastest connection interfaces available.


This rugged hard disk drive uses a USB-C interface, is compatible with Mac and Windows PCs and is water and shock-resistant. A 4TB Thunderbolt with USB-C version is available for. SAMSUNG X5 Portable SSD 500GB - Up to 2800MB/s -Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External Solid State Drive, Gray/Red (MU-PB500B/AM) 4.4 out of 5 stars 338 $219.99 $ 219. Unfortunately, you won't find many Thunderbolt 3-compatible drives on the market currently. Even some Mac-specific drives are still sold with USB 3.0 connectors. Moreover, the Thunderbolt 3 drives. Shop for thunderbolt external hard drive at Best Buy. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up.

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MiniStation Thunderbolt is a high performance portable storage and backup device that offers storage and extremely fast file transfer speeds.

  • Thunderbolt interface delivers extremely fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps for Mac users
  • USB 3.0 offers universal connectivity for Windows® PCs
  • Plug-and-play setup provides easy to use storage and quick capacity expansion
  • Pre-formatted for Mac
  • Time Machine® support offers scheduled backups for protecting Mac computers


The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive features the revolutionary Thunderbolt storage technology, raising the bar on how you transfer, store and transport data. Delivering speeds up to an amazing 10 Gbps**, this portable Thunderbolt drive uses the fastest interface available, 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, ideal for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts. Additionally, daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to maximize use of a single port†.

MiniStation Thunderbolt provides reliable, easy to use portable storage to quickly expand the capacity of your PC or Mac computer with Thunderbolt support and universal USB 3.0 plug-and-play connectivity.

Coupled with the lightning-fast Thunderbolt interface is a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for Mac computers but can easily be reformatted for use with PCs*.

The MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive is pre-formatted for use with Mac and compatible with Time Machine® for complete data backup. Schedule backups and automatically protect your important files with this powerful Mac portable hard drive.


Number of drives1
Drive interfaceSATA 3 Gbps
Hard drive sizes1 TB, 2 TB

Thunderbolt Interface

Standards complianceThunderbolt
Data transfer rates10 Gbps*
Number of ports1

* 10 Gbps is the maximum transfer rate derived from the specifications of the Thunderbolt technology. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.

Standards complianceUSB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Data transfer rates5 Gbps* (USB 3.0)
480 Mbps* (USB 2.0)
Connector typeMicro B
Number of ports1

* 480 Mbps and 5 Gbps are the maximum transfer rates derived from the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 and 3.0. Actual transfer rates will vary depending upon environmental factors. Data rates, features and performance may vary based on the configuration of your system and other factors.


Dimensions (L x W x H)5.12 x 3.17 x 0.91 in
Weight0.58 lbs
Power consumptionMax 10W (Thunderbolt)
Max 4.5W (USB 3.0)
Power supplyDC 5 V (Bus powered)
Client OS supportThunderbolt: Mac OS® X 10.6 or later
USB: Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit)
Windows® XP
Mac OS® X 10.5 or later
Box contentsMiniStation Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt Cable
USB 3.0 Cable
Warranty Statement


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File SizePost DateVersionOS SupportNotes
View Site2016-25-04MiniStation Thunderbolt User's Manual
Download2016-25-04Reformatting Guide for DriveStation / Ministation

Portable Thunderbolt Drives For Macbook Pro


File SizePost DateVersionOS SupportNotes
Download2017-17-04Mac OS and Windows icons for HD-PATU3


MiniStation Thunderbolt 1 TB

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