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Toshiba 1TB Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive (Black/Black) (HDWC110XK3J1)

by Toshiba
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  • High capacity storage in a compact desktop design
  • Versatile orientation that fits your space in your home or office
  • Preloaded easy-to-use backup software
  • Secure backup with password
  • USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compatible
  • 3-year limited warranty included
  • File, folder and full system backup and recovery
  • USB plug and play
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Technical Details

Capacity: 1TB
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB 5700 rpm
  • Bundled Software: Automatic Backup Software Included
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Product Details

Capacity: 1TB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 6.6 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008DW95NA
  • Item model number: HDWC110XK3J1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at June 22, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 1TB

From the Manufacturer

Canvio Desk
Canvio Desk
Canvio Desk
Take a load off--your PC, your desk, your mind.

Easily multiply your storage, and your peace of mind, with the Canvio Desk, a compact, spacious and smart external hard drive that helps safeguard your digital treasures while keeping tabletop clutter down.

Expansive Storage

With the Canvio Desk, high capacity meets a high level of convenience. These space-saving external storage devices come in sizes ranging from 1 TB up to a ginormous three terabytes (3 TB)--enough to keep your growing collection of pictures, music, home movies, video clips and important documents in one easy-to-access device.

Space-Saving Desktop Versatility

You have a lot to store. Good thing the Canvio Desk doesn't take up much of any tabletop in your home, office, dorm--wherever. Plus, it features a dual-orientation design that makes it an even better fit by letting you place it either long- or short-side-down.

Set-Up Made Simple

Thanks to plug-and-play functionality, you just connect up the Canvio Desk and you're ready to go. It's both USB 3.0- and USB 2.0-compatible. And it comes with its own preloaded backup application. You don't need to buy additional hardware or software to start safeguarding your files right away.

Canvio Desk
Back-Ups Made Easy

Unlike other solutions out there, the Canvio Desk makes it simple to back up not just files and folders, but your entire system*--with preloaded easy-to-use software. Back up onto the cloud** and secure with a password for total assurance. Schedule automatic future backups. Then stop worrying and keep enjoying your digital world.

Peace of Mind Times Three

Like all Toshiba products, Canvio Desk external hard drives were designed from the ground up with your needs and imagination in mind, then tested again and again for reliability. You can count on them to perform as advertised--every time.

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*For Windows OS only
**Includes free 30-day trial of cloud backup then additional purchase required

Product Description

Toshiba Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive is easy to set up and is ideal for expanding your storage needs. This drive offers high capacity storage in a small compact design that saves your precious desk space.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to install and use.
The drive started clicking and beeping and the computer would not recognized it.
The drive lasted 6 months then died.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Geek4Life on October 20, 2012
Size Name: 3 TB
Contrary to the raving ALLCAPSGUY who reviewed this product before I did, this unit comes with an AC adapter and a standard USB 3.0 micro-B cable like this one: C2G / Cables to Go 54176 USB 3.0 A Male to Micro B Male Cable (1 Meter/3.2 Feet, Black) It is not fragile or some sort of mutant cable.

The drive comes with some crappy backup software (NTI Backup Now EZ) that I immediately deleted (but take care not to delete the manual/warranty information that is also on the hard drive--you should copy that to a safe location first). If you look at the reviews for the NTI Backup Now EZ software you will know why nobody uses it except maybe the people still on Windows XP and even then I wouldn't trust it. The drive comes with 3 years warranty, though time will tell how durable they are.

What I don't like about this unit is how it's fanless so it can warm up to about 50 degrees C according to my "HD Sentinel" hard drive monitoring program. On the other hand, the manual says it's built to endure anything up to 60C, and Google did a study where they found that drive failure is not really correlated to temperature (except if you get to the extremes), so I guess it's not a big problem. Another pro: since it's designed to work without a fan, it will work until the hard drive dies, whereas if it was designed to work with a cooling fan, it may die when the cooling fan dies OR when the hard drive dies, whichever comes first.
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118 of 135 people found the following review helpful By KEG on November 3, 2012
Size Name: 1TB Verified Purchase
Had it for about 4 weeks. No problems. Simple to use, plenty of backup options, even makes a complete image of your harddrive. I want to believe that a home desktop unit like this is more reliable then the portable types which seem to have problems over time with dying. This one is the larger 3.5" and plugs into an outlet for power, so not powered by a USB port or anything. The unit comes on when you get on the computer and seems to sleep when you are not on it. I think this is the right way to go if you value reliability over portability.
We'll, as fate would have it I have spoken too soon! Just as of this weekend the backup is not completing as it errors out after some percentage complete. Just doesn't finish. I believe some sectors have already gone bad. Called the customer service line and their automatic response is to send you to their website "" where you basically have to send it in as a claim. Luckily I am within the 30 day window with Amazon so I am returning it.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stefanik on February 25, 2013
Size Name: 3 TB Verified Purchase
If you're planning on using this external drive for backups on your Windows 7 system, this drive has some serious flaws. The first issue is that the drive's APM (advanced power management) feature ignores Window's power management controls and will always put the drive to sleep after about 15 minutes, regardless if you configure the system to never power down the drive. And once the drive powers off, the only way to get Windows to recognize the drive again is to reboot the system. That alone makes the drive functionally useless for automated backups.

If you do some searches, you'll find this issue is discussed a lot and people have some workaround with 3rd party utilities (that seem to be hit-and-miss). Toshiba has a utility that is supposed to prevent the drive from sleeping, but it doesn't recognize the 3TB drive. I even tried using the hdparam tool on Linux to disable APM altogether, and that didn't work.

The other issue is that high capacity drives like this use Advanced Format (AF), and if you use the standard Backup and Restore software in Windows 7, you'll get errors. Microsoft has published some fixes to try and address the problem, but a lot of users still report failures. This is not an issue that's specific to Toshiba (it also has been reported with 3 TB Seagate and WD drives), but it's something that you should be aware of if you're primarily interested in backups.

It's a shame, because the drive itself is attractive, quiet and was running cooler than the LaCie that it was going to replace (the USB cable could be longer, but that's a minor thing). However, I purchased it to use with my desktop system that I have configured to do automatic backups at 1AM, and it simply does not work correctly for that. If this is the kind of thing you're looking to buy an external drive for, look elsewhere.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By jacked UP jazz on October 25, 2012
Size Name: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I opened the box, plugged it in, waited about 30 seconds for my machine to recognize the drive and I immediately began to use it. This is what I expect of an external hard drive. Unfortunately other drives simply are not plug and play for Windows 7 64 bit. A handful of files came preloaded on the drive, I will check them out later, but none of the software appears to be of the annoying variety.

This model has a small blue light on the front to indicate status but nothing about the light is annoying to me. Right now the light is flashing as I as transfer data to it, but I believe the light is solid when not in use. It comes with what appears to be about a four foot power cable and about a 3 foot USB 3 cable. It is equipped little rubber feet so that it can be placed on your desk in either the portrait or landscape position. The unit is very quiet, I cannot detect any noise other than the fan on my laptop chiller. It does not appear to have an on/off switch but I can live with that.

I plan to use the backup software that came with it so the utility of that software could have an impact on my evaluation but right now I am completely satisfied. The previous versions of this drive had pretty good reviews and it appears that this model will be a continuation of the same quality level for this manufacturer.

I'm glad I bought it.
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