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Toshiba Canvio 500 GB USB 2.0 Basics Portable Hard Drive E05A050BAU2XK (Black)

by Toshiba

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  • Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drives are an ideal portable add-on storage expansion solution that makes your storage easy and simple.
  • USB 2.0-powered portable add-on storage
  • Easy to use with no software to install
  • Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology)
  • Accommodates large digital files with spacious storage capacity
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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model: E05A050BAU2XK
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Warranty: Toshiba 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • Hard Disk Description: portable
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0047ZH0B6
  • Item model number: E05A050BAU2XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 5, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Toshiba Canvio Basics hard drives are an easy and simple portable digital storage solution. With a compact and sleek design, traveling with your digital files is a breeze. It's also ready to go out of the box with no software to install. Just connect it to the USB port on your computer and you are good to go.

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Customer Reviews

A Definite Buy.
anonymous
The hard drive works great, got for my wife since she travels a lot and wanted to keep personal files off her work laptop.
Another User
It is very compact and works great.
T. Armstrong

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

398 of 403 people found the following review helpful By jsegural01 on December 16, 2010
Size Name: 500 GB
I spent too much time reading reviews, so I hope this one is useful for you all:
- Lowest price I found.
- Conected it to my laptop and it recognized it immediately, no installations whatsoever. Works perfect with just a simple USB cable. Real 'plug n play'. No lies from the manufacturer.
- Data transfer seems very fast.
- Very small. Nice finish. Actually, looks like an iPhone. Very light.
How am I using it? Made 3 partitions, 2 NTFS and 1 FAT, to do some Wii-related stuff. If it performed perfect with all that mess I did to it, then it will work perfect to you.
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Katie B on December 6, 2010
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased this portable hard drive when it was on sale during Amazon's Black Friday week. We weren't sure what to expect b/c the price was so low, but we were pleasantly surprised when it arrived. It's as simple as simple gets. Plug it into your USB port and drag and drop file. It's not loaded with any backup software, but we weren't looking for any. We copied all the data off our laptop (music, pictures, etc) in under an hour. It's not something that we'll use on a daily basis so I can't rate how well it takes abuse. Love that it's nice and small and super easy to use. Very happy with this hard drive! Perfect for extra storage!
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on December 24, 2010
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I am very happy with this item. I had been holding off buying one until I had come across one that I liked at a decent price and this was it. All you have to do is plug it into your laptop/PC and wait a few minutes while it installs drivers, etc. Copying data to it is as easy as copying to a 'thumb' drive. It took less than two minutes for me to transfer over 50gb of data.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Ethan P. on July 6, 2011
Size Name: 320 GB Verified Purchase
I just opened my hard drive and plugged it into my macbook pro. It was instantly recognized but for some reason I couldn't put files on it. A few minutes of research later and I figured out why..

Toshiba uses a formatting style that is completely compatible with windows, but macs can only read what is on the disk not write new data.

It is an easy fix however. On your mac find the application called "Disk Utility"

Click on the toshiba hard drive, then click partition.

Choose the ExFAT partition style for complete mac/windows compatibility, or you can use Mac Os Extended (journaled) for a very secure mac read/write only option.

Hope this helps
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153 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Grinstead on August 13, 2011
Size Name: 320 GB
I purchased this drive only a month ago, and it has already failed. I understand that this sometimes happens with hard drives, so I wasn't tremendously worried until I contacted Toshiba support. They claimed to no longer support their external hard drives, and that they'd contracted out to another company for warranty service. That company claims that the Canvio Basics line never existed, and refuses to support them. Caveat emptor!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JOHN KNOWLES on May 6, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I needed a little external HDD to use as my backup drive. I needed space to not only backup my system drive but also keep an image of it too. My laptop has a 320GB drive. This 500GB Toshiba had plenty of room to store compressed backup and system images. It is quiet, came with a short USB cable, and has a solitary white activity LED. While black plastic is fairly common, it looks sleek. The darn thing is slim enough to put in a pocket. It was the right size, right quality, and right price. A really great value.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ferguson on March 29, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
The product was delivered very quickly. It operates as described - seems to be an easy plug and play. It acts as a "memory stick" - just drag and drop any files or folders and it quickly transfers the files. I transferred all of my music and photos in under 15 minutes. Wow, I was impressed.

This is not a fancy hard drive with poor back-up software. It is a basic portable hard drive with a lot of memory space, easy to use, and it's small and light.

I would recommend this product for anyone who needs storage at a great price that is easy to use, easy to carry, and is quiet.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Theomania on October 20, 2011
Size Name: 500 GB Verified Purchase
It worked fine before. But within 2 months it stopped spinning and the signal light is off. And they don't have any support for it. Do not buy this product
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