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Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive 320 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive E05A032BAU2XK Black
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- 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).
- Gives you peace of mind (Toshiba 3-Year Limited Warranty).
- Accommodates large digital files with spacious storage capacity.
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Toshiba Canvio Basics hard drives are an easy and simple portable digital storage solution. With a compact and sleek design, traveling with your digital files is a breeze. It's also 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.
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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
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!
The beauty of these things is that they are so cheap [edit: well, they were 80-ish!] and have 3 year warranties! And with so many positive reviews, this is pretty much one of the best, safe buys you can make for an external drive.
Remember kids: anything that matters to you at all, needs to be in two places. It can be on your main drive and this backup drive... or if you just put your stuff on this external, you better just go ahead and order two of these now so that you put your stuff on both...one for main, one for backup.
DVD/CD backups may only last 5 years, if that.... and that's if they are stored under ideal conditions. I would get these instead and, if you can afford more than two, back up to a third and put it into a FireSafe (there's some good SentrySafe (forget name) on here for like 25$) or your bank/lock-box.
If you're being super-thorough, give these babies about 30 days of use before you start trashing your life's work from the originals.... hard drives seem to fail in the first 30 days or after several years... So just because you got a shiny new drive, don't assume you are immune to shenanigans.... new things and old things...usually the best is in-between ;) So make sure that these drives work for you and have all your stuff nice and secure and verified, before you start destroying your originals.
It takes more time but, trust me, you don't want to be the one that gets burned.
It hasn't really been a question of if a drive will eventually fail, but when. So back it up!