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Toshiba Canvio 500 GB Slim Portable External Hard Drive - Silver (HDTD105XS3D1)

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  • Storage companion for your Ultrabook
  • Slim and lightweight design
  • Sleek brushed aluminum finish
  • Preloaded easy-to-use backup software
  • Schedule automatic backup
  • File, folder and full system backup and recovery
  • USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 compatible
  • 3-year limited warranty included
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Color: Silver

Product Description

Toshiba Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive is ideal for taking your storage on the go. This drive offers high capacity storage in a slim and sleek brushed aluminum design that is a perfect companion for your Ultrabook.

From the Manufacturer

Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive

Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive

Hold everything. Carry next to nothing.

Backups and file security should never weigh on you--no matter where you go. So get the sleek, light and stylish Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive, and make sure your digital treasures plus peace of mind are always at hand.

Smart Mobile Storage

Today's Ultrabooks and extra-light PCs can often benefit from external storage. And any PC owner should have a backup solution. The Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive helps out on both counts, offering a full 500GB of capacity to house your growing collection of pictures, music, home movies, video clips and important documents in one handy place.

A Slim, Stylish Design

Did you choose your Ultrabook or laptop for its looks? Don't stop when it comes to storage. With a sleek, lightweight design, the 9mm Canvio Slim is the smallest 500GB portable drive you can buy--and one of the coolest, with a brushed aluminum finish in black or silver. It definitely keeps pace, and keeps up appearances.

Set-Up Made Simple

The Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive couldn't be easier to use. Just plug it in and it's ready to go--for PCs or Macs. It's USB 3.0- and USB 2.0-compatible, for speed and convenience. Plus, it comes with its own preloaded backup application*. No need to buy additional hardware or software.

Backups Made Easy

Unlike other solutions, the Canvio Slim makes it simple to back up not just files and folders, but your entire system*--or customize your backups to your exact needs. Secure your backups with password protection. Or, store on the cloud** for total assurance. Schedule automatic backups. Then stop worrying and keep pushing ahead.

Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive
Triple the Assurance

Like all Toshiba products, Canvio Slim Portable 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.

*NTI Backup Now EZ software compatible with Windows OS only.
**Includes free 30-day trial of cloud back-up. Fees will apply after the 30-day trial.

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Product Information

Color: Silver
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Brand NameToshiba
Item model numberHDTD105XS3D1
Item Weight5.3 ounces
Item Dimensions L x W x H4.21 x 2.95 x 0.35 inches
Color Silver
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
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Shipping Weight7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableSeptember 21, 2012
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By AMA on December 14, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I have the segate 500GB slim, and this thing beats it in every single aspect.
It's faster: I transferred about 100GB of photos; the Segate rate was around 60MB/s and the Toshiba rate of transfer was always more than 105MB/s...Amazing.
The Toshiba is smaller and looks more beaustiful.
I'm returning the Segate and will get 4 of these..
Well done Toshiba.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Tiwana on November 21, 2012
Color: Silver Verified Purchase
This drive meets the basic expectations - fast, quickly recognized by Windows and Mountain Lion (Mac).

After that, it outshines the slim Seagate that carries a similar "slimness" premium in two ways.

1. The included software is decent enough and does full system backups automatically.

2. I was expecting it to be metal-lookalike know the cheezy finish that's pretty common on the Seagate and WD slim HDDs. I was pleasantly surprised that the shell is real brushed aluminum and the Toshiba logo is not printed but rather subtly etched on the metal (the sides are plastic though). The finish is very Apple-like, though I would not have paid a premium for that by itself.

The drive also looks much better in real life than it does in Amazon's pictures. The connector is a native USB 3.0 connection on the drive side and a regular USB connector on the PC side. I'm using it with a USB 2.0 port and it seems zippy in transferring data over that slower connection. Another nice touch is a white LED the is very subtly built into the back corner corner. So reads and writes can be observed without having to stare straight at the front panel. The included cable is short at about a foot (which I prefer over a six foot cable in a ultraportable drive).

Overall, this drive exceeds my expectations and I would recommend it over the comparable Seagate slim version.

Addendum: Its build quality is closer to Japan-made electronics but it is made in China.

Addendum #2: I've used it for six months without an iota of buyers remorse or problems. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elecompatches on September 23, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I had issues with this hard drive until I did some research, because data transfer and performance were very low, the solution is to enable write caching on it (that's the same way your internal hard drive is configured, and the reason why must people complain that external drives can't compete with internal ones, it's all about write caching), now remember once you do that you must remove the drive only thru the windows safely removal hardware option, simply pulling the USB plug will most likely result in data corruption or loss, power failure could present a problem also (but a laptop has batteries so that's unlikely to be an issue) another easy option is to turn your computer off prior to pulling the USB plug, for those that are not too knowledgeable about computers here is how you enable write caching on a hard drive (for Windows 7 [other versions of windows should be more or less the same]): go to windows explorer, right click on the drive, click "Properties", then select the "Hardware tab", select (highlight) your external hard drive, click on the "Properties" button on the lower right corner, then click the button "Change settings" located on the bottom left corner and select the "Policies" tab, select "Better performance", and then below that select "Enable write caching on the device", and click OK. Now you'll have an external hard drive that will perform just like your internal hard drive.

That takes care of the DO's now for the DON'Ts: Don't use the provided cable, It's of very low quality, get yourself another one right here on Amazon (USB 3.0 type A male to Micro USB 3.0 type B male, [remember it's fully compatible with USB 2.0]) and forget about the included software, you don't need it, It crashed my computer; that's about it, good luck & enjoy your drive.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
Color: Black
This is a nice external USB powered hard drive at a time of writing this review it was under $50 for 500 GB on Amazon you can get some 1 TB external hard drives for around $80 if you can afford the extra 30 that extra 500 GB will come in handy at some point in the future.

If you're a Mac user setting this hard drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps.

1. Plug in the hard drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a hard drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you'd like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
5. Then on the right-hand side you can name the partitions and select the format. If you want your hard drive to work with your Mac for doing Time Machine backups (which I highly recommend) choose NTFS format. Sometimes it's good to make two partitions and one using "MS-DOS fat" if you might be transferring files to and from a Windows machine (I do this with my friends as many of them run Windows so I have a little partition for giving them video files and the like). The reason is Windows machines and Macs can read and write to the "MS-DOS fat" format but your files will need to be under 4 GB each as that's the maximum file size it can hold.
6. Then click apply and your Mac will create all the partitions you wanted and you're good to go.

Thanks for reading it is helpful please click the button thanks.
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