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Toshiba 2TB Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive (Black/Black) (HDWC120XK3J1)
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on May 23, 2015
Good speed
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on May 22, 2015
I've got this hard drive to use it as internal drive. The manufacturers seem to price external drives cheaper than internal drives, so for the last five years I've been buying the external drives, ripping off the cases and use them internally. Typical savings are around $30. Technically you're losing the manufacturer warranty this way, but I never had issues with it as I test the drive for a few days before disassembling the case.

The drive inside this case is a TOSHIBA MD04ACA500. It is SATA drive which supports SATA 3.0 and has otherwise ordinary SATA connectors. It takes some effort to open the case without damaging it, but it is possible. Start from the bottom toward the back panel, and press the plastic grille inside while pulling it. Unscrew the shield and unplug the USB-SATA controller, and you're done.

When working, the drive gets warm but not too warm. It is 7200 RPM so relatively fast, and it is quiet enough for desktop.

Of course the drive is not a 5TB drive, but in fact a 4.5TB drive. As usual, manufacturers cheat us and cover it up by redefining the measurements. I wonder how soon we will be buying "2 liter" Coke which would have a tiny print "Our 1 liter consist of 500ml"?

Here's the identity information if someone needs it:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: TOSHIBA MD04ACA500
Firmware Revision: FP1A
Transport: Serial, ATA8-AST, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5, SATA Rev 2.6, SATA Rev 3.0
Standards:
Supported: 8 7 6 5
Likely used: 8
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
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CHS current addressable sectors: 16514064
LBA user addressable sectors: 268435455
LBA48 user addressable sectors: 9767541168
Logical Sector size: 512 bytes
Physical Sector size: 4096 bytes
Logical Sector-0 offset: 0 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024: 4769307 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000: 5000981 MBytes (5000 GB)
cache/buffer size = unknown
Form Factor: 3.5 inch
Nominal Media Rotation Rate: 7200
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, no device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 16
Advanced power management level: 128
DMA: sdma0 sdma1 sdma2 mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
* SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
* Power Management feature set
* Write cache
* Look-ahead
* Host Protected Area feature set
* WRITE_BUFFER command
* READ_BUFFER command
* NOP cmd
* DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
* Advanced Power Management feature set
SET_MAX security extension
* 48-bit Address feature set
* Device Configuration Overlay feature set
* Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
* FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
* SMART error logging
* SMART self-test
* General Purpose Logging feature set
* WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
* 64-bit World wide name
* WRITE_UNCORRECTABLE_EXT command
* {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
* Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
* Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
* Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
* Gen3 signaling speed (6.0Gb/s)
* Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
* Host-initiated interface power management
* Phy event counters
* DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
Device-initiated interface power management
* Software settings preservation
* SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
* SCT Write Same (AC2)
* SCT Error Recovery Control (AC3)
* SCT Features Control (AC4)
* SCT Data Tables (AC5)
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
not frozen
not expired: security count
supported: enhanced erase
more than 508min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. more than 508min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
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on May 19, 2015
Excellent working External Hard-drive.
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on May 18, 2015
This is the BEST. I love this. So useful.
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on May 13, 2015
Ordered this 3/3/2015 it is 5/13/2015 and I just lost 10 years worth of files. Absolutely devastated. Computer will no longer detect the device.
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
Thank you for the review, Sampson, and sorry to hear that your Canvio Desktop hard drive is not being detected.

Try connecting the drive to a different USB port. If that doesn't solve the problem, try connecting it to a different computer. This process of elimination will clarify whether the problem is with the computer or the drive itself. If the problem follows the drive you may also want try using a different USB cable.

If the drive proves to be defective, you can initiate the warranty replacement process at acclaim.toshiba.com anytime within its 3-year warranty.

For future reference, since there is no storage medium that is immune to potential failure, it is always recommended to keep multiple copies of any important files on separate storage devices to ensure that your files are not vulnerable to a single point of failure.

Thanks again for the feedback and sorry for the trouble.
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on May 12, 2015
It works and is easy to use and hasn't died yet so win win
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on May 7, 2015
An excellent drive. An excellent price. My only wish is that I had sprung for 5Tb.
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on May 6, 2015
Loads of space and still tickin'!
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on May 5, 2015
This is my second Toshiba backup hard drive. I was previously using western digital passports, went through 3 of those hard drives and hundreds hours of work lost. Gave up on them and seen the reviews for the Toshiba's. Haven't been let down yet and they have my recommendation for work files and personal. Fast transfer rate and read speed.
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on May 2, 2015
good
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