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(Old Model) Toshiba 1.5 TB Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB115XK3CA)

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  • USB 3.0-powered portable add-on storage.
  • Easy to use with no software to install. Plug and play operation.
  • Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
  • Accommodates large digital files with spacious storage capacity.
  • Gives you peace of mind (Toshiba 3-Year Limited Warranty).
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Product Description

Capacity: 1.5 TB

Canvio Basics 3.0 products have been designed and manufactured in accordance with Toshiba's high quality product standards, incorporating the latest technology and user-interface, while ensuring best-in-class performance, quality and workmanship. With Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives, you'll enjoy portable storage space for even the largest digital libraries. Our 1.5TB Drive is capable of storing up to: 428,000 digital photos, or 394,000 digital music files, or 1230 downloaded digital movies. Each Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drive includes an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to help keep your drive safe. Storage for your computer made simple. Future proof with USB 3.0 interface and backwards compatible with USB 2.0, Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives are an ideal portable add-on storage expansion solution that makes your storage easy and simple. Extremely portable with a compact design, the sleek looking and post card sized Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives are an ideal travel companion. Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives offer plug and play ease of use that's 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. Whether for work, school, or digital entertainment, Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives accommodate large digital files with spacious storage capacity. You can rest assured that there is a Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drive that meets your storage needs and your lifestyle. Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Drives are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. For over 20 years Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives used by every major brand of notebook computer.

Product Information

Capacity:1.5 TB

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 1536 GB Portable
Brand Name Toshiba
Item model number HDTB115XK3CA
Item Weight 5.1 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.65 inches

Additional Information

ASIN B00847VJ06
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4.5 out of 5 stars 5,417 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,062 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available May 18, 2012

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Size: 1 TB
Many people have complained about the Toshiba 2.5" drives (of all capacities and price points) quickly 'dying' after a very short time. This opinion is prevalent on both Amazon and other shopping sites and even Toshiba's direct site itself.

I was in the same boat. My Canvio Basics failed to be "recognized" by my PC within 1 month. My 2-star rating reflects this.

HOWEVER, this is directed toward those who believe "all [my] valuable data is lost forever". I conjecture that 99% of the time it is not, and there is a relatively very simple & inexpensive fix.

The problem is most likely not with the drive itself but rather the 'bridge' circuitry between the drive and the USB connection. There is most likely nothing wrong with the drive itself, and thus nor is there anything wrong with your data. Such was also the case with me.

These drives, regardless of manufacturer or capacity, are essentially identical in their 'guts'. The difference is often nothing more than what you see: packaging, branding, bloatware, and other brand-specific identities. Indeed, crack open a lesser-known brand (Calvary, Fantom, etc.) and there's a good chance you will actually see Toshiba, Hitachi, Western Digital, or some other recognizable name's 'guts' inside.

Here is how to fix the problem.

1. Purchase a 2.5" SATA-to-USB enclosure. Amazon lists them for as little as $3. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a MicroCenter, they sell them for $6. Yes this is extra money and hassle, but your data is worth it, and I presume for many of you this is more convenient than dealing with returning the drive. You probably purchased this drive because it was over $6 cheaper anyway.

2. The drive casing is a 2-piece shell.
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Size: 500 GB
This drive worked fine for about a year, and now will no longer mount. Toshiba claims that there is a 3 Year Warranty on the product, which is clearly expressed on the box, and in the pamphlet. Well, I spent 3 hours so far trying to file a warranty claim on the product with no progress. I've called about 5 phone numbers and visited 3 websites, and I just keep getting redirected from one person to another. Nobody can help me, and they even refuse to escalate my call to a manager.

The warranty claim phone number put me on hold for about 35 minutes before I gave up, with no indication at all as to how long I would have to wait, or how many other people are ahead of me!

From my point of view, the warranty that Toshiba claims to offer on their external harddrives is total B.S. It seems that they are purposely making it impossible to file a claim their products. So frustrated and upset after this experience, I will be sure to avoid Toshiba in the future.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
**Update** Be sure to check the different prices on the different size hard drives. I wrote this review several years ago when the 320 GB hard drive was a good deal. At the time of writing this update you can get the 2 TB hard drive for the same price as the 1.5 TB hard drive. And now the 320 GB hard drive is completely overpriced. So be sure to check the different sizes and get the biggest hard drive you can afford. You might not need the extra space now but in the future most likely you're going to.

This is an "portable" hard drive meaning all it needs is a USB plug into your computer to transfer the data and get power from. That means you don't have to plug in an AC adapter to your wall socket. I prefer these hard drives over the kind that require an AC adapter every time. This will also work with USB 2.0 adapters the speeds for 2.0 transfers are still fast enough for most users at about a gigabyte of data every 30 to 40 seconds. At the time of writing this review to terabyte drives or the highest capacity could find for a portable hard drive. If you want to get a 3 or 4TB hard drive those are the kind that require a wall AC adapter.

This hard drive is Mac compatible just follow the steps below to format the hard drive for your Mac. If you're a Mac user setting up or erasing this drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps.

1. Plug in the the drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a 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.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
With my original data backup drives starting to run out of room, I bought this drive to use as a backup for my iTunes music library and digital photo library. It worked immediately, right out of the box; I plugged it into my iMac's USB port, and it showed up on the desktop in a few seconds. Even formatted as it is for Windows, it would have worked fine for a data backup (music and photos), but I wanted to see if it would format correctly to use as a bootup disk for a Mac System backup drive. I was able to use Mac's Disk Utility program, and reformatted the drive in just a few minutes. The drive is working just fine, and the price is fantastic; I have just ordered another one.

Update 8/1/2012: I just saw that Amazon raised the price by $10... this was a great item at $44.99, but $54.99 is still pretty good...

Update 2/26/201: I recently got yet another one of these, a 500 GB version this time (Bought from Office Max only because I had some in-store rewards to use up), and again, I stand by everything in my original review. Excellent quality drive, GREAT price, and easy to format for use with either Windows or Macintosh.
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