Combining a Thunderbolt interface with a fast, portable solid-state drive should deliver blazing speeds in a take-anywhere drive. And, for the most part, you get that from the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD. However, the drive only provides up to 240GB of storage â€” at a price of about $700. For about $200, you can get a 500GB portable Thunderbolt hard drive like the Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt, which also includes its own Thunderbolt cable, something that's missing from the Elgato, and adds as much as $50 to its total cost. The Buffalo may not be as lightweight or durable as an SSD, and may not be as fast (but it may; test results on this new drive should be in shortly), but it's a lot cheaper, and may well be a lot more practical as well.
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