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Toshiba Canvio 500 GB USB 2.0 Basics Portable Hard Drive E05A050BAU2XK (Black)
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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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- 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.
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
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.
The only problem I had was when I first plugged them into the mac they wouldn't let me drag and drop files onto them, I searched the amazon reviews and many reviewers have had this problem but of all the reviews I read, they all eventually said they figured out how to format the drive, but NO ONE TOLD YOU *HOW* TO FORMAT THEM so that you would not have the same problem! So here you go:
Plug the drive in and when it pops up, ignore the time machine prompt (I chose decide later)
Go to the Disk Utility (on my new imac, it's under the applications folder and then under the utilities folder)
Click the toshiba drive (or whatever drive you are trying to format) then click the "erase" tab at the top
Under the format dropdown menu I chose "mac osx extended (case-sensitive)" but it seems to change it to "journaled" when done. whatever, it works fine.
Under the name slot type the title of your drive, if you'd like.
Then, click erase and let it do its thing! Once done the time machine prompt will come up again and you can choose whatever you'd like.
There, simple. Hope this helped!
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I bought several of these. Small and work perfectly. Fast and accuratePublished 3 months ago by Dave
Basically a standard 2.5" drive encased in plastic with a usb port wired in. Worked really well for a few days and then the file transfers started taking hours and hours. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josh Vonberg
I've had this for many months now and have had good luck with it. I not only use it to back up my personal files but I partitioned it and have a couple of system images from my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by OrangeFan