Buffalo™ Launches The World’s First Dual Interface (ThunderboltTM and USB 3.0) Portable Hard Drive – MiniStationTM Thunderbolt Series

Online PR News – 22-August-2012 – Singapore – [Singapore, August 2012] Frustrated users who shuffle between different work stations and operating systems can now eliminate the task of painstakingly uploading and downloading data files onto cloud or file sharing services. Creation, preservation and transferring digital content between Apple® Mac® OS and Windows® PC can now be a seamless, fuss-free process at unparalleled speeds with Buffalo™ MiniStation™ Thunderbolt (HD-PATU3) Hard Disk Drive (HDD) series.
The HD-PATU3 comes in 2 variants (1TB and 500GB) to suit the different needs and usage patterns of consumers today. The MiniStation™ Thunderbolt series boasts both Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0 interface connections that work right out of the box with both Windows and pre-formatted for Mac® OS devices. Without compromising transfer speeds and accessibility of files stored, the HD-PATU3 helps duo-ecosystem consumers manage digital content at an unprecedented level of ease.
Akihito Kondo, Asia Pacific Regional Manager at Buffalo Inc. shares, “Creating, storing and moving digital content on the go has always been a challenge for all types of users for a variety of reasons: the interface was incompatible; too slow or the storage solution was physically too large. Buffalo’s collaboration with Intel to deliver the world’s first dual-interface Thunderbolt and USB storage solution; as well as the world’s first portable Thunderbolt hard drive reaffirms Buffalo’s pioneering spirit and engineering excellence."
Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0 interface connections
USB 3.0 offers super fast transfer speeds of 5Gbps for Windows and PC, while the Thunderbolt™ provides twice as much speed as the USB 3.0 at 10Gbps speed transfer. This latest offering in technology means that digital content can be created, stored and transferred with ease at high speeds with bi-directional dual channels in the cable. The HD-PATU3 is also backward compatible for USB 2.0 devices.

Time Machine compatibility and daisy chaining
The MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ series is pre-formatted for Mac operating system out of the box and is compatible with Apple® backup utility software Time Machine. With its hybrid nature, the HD-PATU3 works with Windows® supported hardware without compromising on speed or performance. The MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ HDD comes with all the necessary cables included and can be daisy chained up to 6** Thunderbolt™ devices to maximise the use of a single port.

**MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ does not have a Thunderbolt™ pass-through port so it must be the last device on a daisy-chain

Bus-Power for mobility and convenience
The Bus-powered feature eliminates the need for an external power supply and thus the need to carry additional cables and adaptors, ensuring that the slim, lightweight MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ complements MacBooks and Windows laptops perfectly anytime.

Aesthetically appealing companion
Measuring a mere 13cm by 8cm and thickness of 2.3cm, the MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ comes with a sleek aluminium casing and slips into most bag pockets with ease. In pearly white, it serves as good looking and highly mobile companion for Macbook and/or Windows Laptop users.
Protect information in style with full functionality with the world’s first portable dual interface hard disk for Mac and Windows; Buffalo™’s MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ (HD-PATU3) HDD series.

MiniStation™ Thunderbolt™ (HD-PATU3) Portable HDD series will be available in stores from August 2012 onwards. Retail prices are as follows:

HD-PA500TU3 (500GB) – SRP $279.00
HD-PA1.0TU3 (1TB) – SRP $349.00

All HD-PATU3 products have a 3 year limited warranty coverage. For a Factsheet on Technical Specifications (HD-PATU3) series please refer to Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 for Channel Listings.

About Buffalo™
Buffalo™ is a global manufacturer of innovative storage, multimedia, and wireless networking products for the home and small business. The company is recognised as the Number 1 total PC peripheral manufacturer in Japan, and was the worldwide consumer NAS market leader in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (In-Stat).

The company’s storage products are addressing the needs of the individual and the business, providing cost-effective network attached storage (NAS), portable and desktop hard drives, multimedia players, and Wireless LAN routers, which together offer a complete and integrated solution for the small office and digital home environment.

Buffalo’s product portfolio includes its TeraStation™ NAS devices which are specifically designed to bring Enterprise Storage to the SMB. The LinkStation™ range of NAS products, takes multimedia NAS to the home, and enables you to create a central location to share information, store files, photos and music, and save all your digital content, simply and easily. The AirStation™ range of easy-to-use, high performance wireless networking products for the SMB/SoHo and home user, with industry-leading AOSS™ (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) technology, allows users to build and manage secure wireless networks at home or in the office at the push of a button.

Buffalo’s strong international industry alliances with companies such as Intel, Broadcom™, Nintendo and Microsoft have allowed it to lead the industry in the development of the latest technologies into practical tools for the business and the home. Headquartered in Japan, Buffalo Technology has offices in the UK, France, The Netherlands, USA and Taiwan.
For more information about Buffalo™ and its products, please visit Buffalo™ products are distributed in Singapore by ECS Computers (Asia) Pte Ltd and in Malaysia by ECSAstar Sdn Bhd.
Press Release issued on behalf of Buffalo™ Singapore by Lee Ling, Media Relations Executive, Brand Inc ( For more information, email her at or call her at: +65 6223 1866.