Lightning strikes twice for Buffalo's twin-Thunderbolt SSD

Buffalo Thunderbold SSD

Buffalo has added a nippy new external storage drive to its herd that's capable of copying 800MB of data in 1.3 seconds.

Pry open the company's new DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD and you would find not one, but two 2.5-inch SSDs toting a SATA III 6Gb/s interface tucked away inside. That's alongside two Thunderbolt ports that, when used together, can provide read/write speeds of around 615MB/s and 760MB/s respectively, according to Buffalo.

It's impressive stuff, outpacing similarly portable competing single-port, Thunderbolt-enabled SSDs such as Lacie's Little Big Disk, which offers read/write speeds of 635MB/s and 410MB/s respectively.

Chained up

According to Buffalo, you'll be able to squeeze even more performance out of the drive (in addition to increasing capacity) by daisy chaining it with up to six other drives. It'll also do RAID when paired with a capable host.

The company is pitching the device, which comes in 512GB and 1TB sizes, at creative professionals and others wanting to store large amounts of data on a compact device. The smaller drive retails at £600 (around $980, or AU$1,077), while the larger will set you back £850 (around $1,389, or AU$1,526).

Buffalo's drive has been specifically outed for Macs this time around due to the ubiquity of Thunderbolt on Apple's computers. But don't fret, PC users, as Intel's recently-launched 'Thunderbolt Ready Upgrade Program', shows that the chipmaker doesn't want Mac users to have all the high-speed fun and that we could see similar Windows-compatible devices soon.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.