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Toshiba Canvio 500 GB USB 3.0 Basics Portable Hard Drive - HDTB205XK3AA (Black)

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500 GB
  • USB 3.0-powered portable add-on storage.
  • Easy to use with no software to install.
  • Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
  • Plug and play operation.
  • Gives you peace of mind with Toshiba's 1-year Limited Warranty
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
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Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive
Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 - 1TB Hard Drive (Black)

If you want an easy way to hold your growing digital library - files, pictures, music, and videos - Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are a great solution, offering simple drag-and-drop storage that's ready to roll right out of the box. It requires no external AC adapter and it's Plug & Play compatible. Just connect it into the USB port of your PC and you're ready to go.


Product Specifications:

  • Available Capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Disk Speed: 5400 RPM
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 480 MB/s
  • Average Seek Time: 12 ms
  • Buffer: 8MB cache

USB 3.0

Future-proofed with USB 3.0 technology, the Canvio Basics 3.0 hard drive significantly improves the file transfer speed for large media files and dramatically minimizes the wait time for backup and recovery processes. Plus, it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

Canvio Basics USB 3.0 portable hard drives are far faster than - but still compatible with - USB 2.0 technology. So you'll still be able to plug into older PCs with USB 2.0 ports.

Portable Peace Of Mind And Ease Of Use

Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives deliver one of the easiest ways to add storage to your computer. One of the simplest storage solutions in a box, Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 offers plug-and-play, and drag-and-drop convenience.

Extremely portable with a compact design, the sleek looking and post card sized Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are an ideal travel companion.


Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005J7YCHG
  • Item model number: HDTB205XK3AA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,547 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 19, 2011

Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB 5400 rpm
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Customer Reviews

This works well and has a very easy Plug and Play setup.
Nicole
Is a very good product, i am happy with the brand... i like it cuz is portable, the service was great.
Gorka
Easy to back up,store, and move important files between my computers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

837 of 871 people found the following review helpful By TMac on February 21, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB
Many people have complained about the Toshiba 2.5" drives (of all capacities and price points) quickly 'dying' after a very short time. This opinion is prevalent on both Amazon and other shopping sites and even Toshiba's direct site itself.

I was in the same boat. My Canvio Basics failed to be "recognized" by my PC within 1 month. My 2-star rating reflects this.

HOWEVER, this is directed toward those who believe "all [my] valuable data is lost forever". I conjecture that 99% of the time it is not, and there is a relatively very simple & inexpensive fix.

The problem is most likely not with the drive itself but rather the 'bridge' circuitry between the drive and the USB connection. There is most likely nothing wrong with the drive itself, and thus nor is there anything wrong with your data. Such was also the case with me.

These drives, regardless of manufacturer or capacity, are essentially identical in their 'guts'. The difference is often nothing more than what you see: packaging, branding, bloatware, and other brand-specific identities. Indeed, crack open a lesser-known brand (Calvary, Fantom, etc.) and there's a good chance you will actually see Toshiba, Hitachi, Western Digital, or some other recognizable name's 'guts' inside.

Here is how to fix the problem.

1. Purchase a 2.5" SATA-to-USB enclosure. Amazon lists them for as little as $3. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a MicroCenter, they sell them for $6. Yes this is extra money and hassle, but your data is worth it, and I presume for many of you this is more convenient than dealing with returning the drive. You probably purchased this drive because it was over $6 cheaper anyway.

2. The drive casing is a 2-piece shell.
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351 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Jack Y. Kalish on October 10, 2012
Size Name: 500 GB
This drive worked fine for about a year, and now will no longer mount. Toshiba claims that there is a 3 Year Warranty on the product, which is clearly expressed on the box, and in the pamphlet. Well, I spent 3 hours so far trying to file a warranty claim on the product with no progress. I've called about 5 phone numbers and visited 3 websites, and I just keep getting redirected from one person to another. Nobody can help me, and they even refuse to escalate my call to a manager.

The warranty claim phone number put me on hold for about 35 minutes before I gave up, with no indication at all as to how long I would have to wait, or how many other people are ahead of me!

From my point of view, the warranty that Toshiba claims to offer on their external harddrives is total B.S. It seems that they are purposely making it impossible to file a claim their products. So frustrated and upset after this experience, I will be sure to avoid Toshiba in the future.
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287 of 332 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Size Name: 320 GB Verified Purchase
**Update** Be sure to check the different prices on the different size hard drives. I wrote this review several years ago when the 320 GB hard drive was a good deal. At the time of writing this update you can get the 2 TB hard drive for the same price as the 1.5 TB hard drive. And now the 320 GB hard drive is completely overpriced. So be sure to check the different sizes and get the biggest hard drive you can afford. You might not need the extra space now but in the future most likely you're going to.

This is an "portable" hard drive meaning all it needs is a USB plug into your computer to transfer the data and get power from. That means you don't have to plug in an AC adapter to your wall socket. I prefer these hard drives over the kind that require an AC adapter every time. This will also work with USB 2.0 adapters the speeds for 2.0 transfers are still fast enough for most users at about a gigabyte of data every 30 to 40 seconds. At the time of writing this review to terabyte drives or the highest capacity could find for a portable hard drive. If you want to get a 3 or 4TB hard drive those are the kind that require a wall AC adapter.

This hard drive is Mac compatible just follow the steps below to format the hard drive for your Mac. If you're a Mac user setting up or erasing this drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps.

1. Plug in the the drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you'd like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By George Sawyn on July 27, 2012
Size Name: 320 GB Verified Purchase
With my original data backup drives starting to run out of room, I bought this drive to use as a backup for my iTunes music library and digital photo library. It worked immediately, right out of the box; I plugged it into my iMac's USB port, and it showed up on the desktop in a few seconds. Even formatted as it is for Windows, it would have worked fine for a data backup (music and photos), but I wanted to see if it would format correctly to use as a bootup disk for a Mac System backup drive. I was able to use Mac's Disk Utility program, and reformatted the drive in just a few minutes. The drive is working just fine, and the price is fantastic; I have just ordered another one.

Update 8/1/2012: I just saw that Amazon raised the price by $10... this was a great item at $44.99, but $54.99 is still pretty good...

Update 2/26/201: I recently got yet another one of these, a 500 GB version this time (Bought from Office Max only because I had some in-store rewards to use up), and again, I stand by everything in my original review. Excellent quality drive, GREAT price, and easy to format for use with either Windows or Macintosh.
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