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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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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB 5400 rpm
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,596 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 19, 2011

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.


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Customer Reviews

Small, compact, light weight and easy to use.
Richard Mallory
Works great would recommend to anyone who works with more than one computer or needs a good backup that is portable.
Joanne M Clyde
I stored ALL my info from PC, pictures, movies, documents, etc.
Natalia Rostovtseva

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

678 of 705 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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254 of 273 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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222 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Size Name: 320 GB Verified Purchase
At the time of writing this review this drive was $54.99 - a friend needed an external hard drive to back up her Mac (Time Machine Drive) and I wanted to get it with free prime shipping and as was the cheapest that had prime. At 320 GB that is more space than most people are ever going to need for backing up a notebook/MacBook. The drive is USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatible so get pretty decent transfer speeds as you would expect.

If you're a Mac user you will need to bring up the disk utility (found in your utilities folder in the applications folder) and format the drive to something that the Mac can read and write to (HTFS+is the file system that is default format of OS X) but once you reformatted you're good to go.

And this drive is sleek looking and is really ultraportable and I'm a big fan of drives that draw their power from the USB port this means you don't have to carry around an extra wall wart (a.k.a. AC adapter). and I want to note that you could spend a little bit more if you shopped around and get a 500 GB hard drive maybe even a 640 GB for maybe around $70 I didn't really have the time to shop around so with 320 GB because I think it's good to be plenty for her needs.

Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed and/or found it informative. (How can someone be really enjoy a review? I shouldn't use that term in a review because most reviews are informative but very few reviews are entertaining)
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86 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Techthusiast on December 17, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
UPDATE: Got this drive December 6th and as of December 22nd it is dead. My review below is still sound advice. Sound advice which I failed to heed 100% and I lost a week's worth of valuable stuff because I didn't have enough layers of backup. Oy vey. I'm demoting this drive to 1-star from 5 because, solid warranty aside, this is clearly a very poor drive. DO NOT BUY. Forget USB 3.0, bring back the old USB 2.0 Toshiba Canvio that actually worked! I should have trusted the reviews but I was desperate. If only it had lasted 3 more days...

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I'm traveling and my client's ol' iMac hard drive decided to go out to pasture.

I had the novel idea of ordering one of these Toshibas, having her hook it up to her computer, then use the Seagate backup drive I had for her to essentially restore her system onto the Toshiba! This way she could have a fully functioning machine while she waits for me to come back to town and do a proper hard drive swap.

So this is a weird review in that what I'm saying is: it's good enough to run your entire Mac off of, over USB, should you find yourself in a similar, unfortunate situation.

Now, caveat: you normally want these hard drives to have better ratings but desperate times called for this purchase. With Thailand having flooded, hard drive prices soared in some instances and drives that I used to get with 3-year warranties, now have 1!

You really need these hard drives to have 3-5 year warranties. They're either going to die on arrival, in the first 30 days, in the first 4 months, or after a couple years :p Lol I know. 500GB drives are the most I would personally go with in this 2.5" form factor. 1TB in this size squeezes more platters or density into a smaller size...
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