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Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive 320 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive E05A032BAU2XK Black

4.5 out of 5 stars 517 customer reviews
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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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Technical Details

Capacity: 320 GB
  • USB Powered

Product Description

Capacity: 320 GB

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.

Product Information

Capacity:320 GB
Product Dimensions 3.1 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 8 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B004SHBUYG
Item model number E05A032BAU2XK
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 517 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #742 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 15, 2011

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Size: 500 GB
I spent too much time reading reviews, so I hope this one is useful for you all:
- 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.
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I purchased this portable hard drive when it was on sale during Amazon's Black Friday week. We weren't sure what to expect b/c the price was so low, but we were pleasantly surprised when it arrived. It's as simple as simple gets. Plug it into your USB port and drag and drop file. It's not loaded with any backup software, but we weren't looking for any. We copied all the data off our laptop (music, pictures, etc) in under an hour. It's not something that we'll use on a daily basis so I can't rate how well it takes abuse. Love that it's nice and small and super easy to use. Very happy with this hard drive! Perfect for extra storage!
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I am very happy with this item. I had been holding off buying one until I had come across one that I liked at a decent price and this was it. All you have to do is plug it into your laptop/PC and wait a few minutes while it installs drivers, etc. Copying data to it is as easy as copying to a 'thumb' drive. It took less than two minutes for me to transfer over 50gb of data.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
I just opened my hard drive and plugged it into my macbook pro. It was instantly recognized but for some reason I couldn't put files on it. A few minutes of research later and I figured out why..

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
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Size: 320 GB
I purchased this drive only a month ago, and it has already failed. I understand that this sometimes happens with hard drives, so I wasn't tremendously worried until I contacted Toshiba support. They claimed to no longer support their external hard drives, and that they'd contracted out to another company for warranty service. That company claims that the Canvio Basics line never existed, and refuses to support them. Caveat emptor!
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I needed a little external HDD to use as my backup drive. I needed space to not only backup my system drive but also keep an image of it too. My laptop has a 320GB drive. This 500GB Toshiba had plenty of room to store compressed backup and system images. It is quiet, came with a short USB cable, and has a solitary white activity LED. While black plastic is fairly common, it looks sleek. The darn thing is slim enough to put in a pocket. It was the right size, right quality, and right price. A really great value.
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
The product was delivered very quickly. It operates as described - seems to be an easy plug and play. It acts as a "memory stick" - just drag and drop any files or folders and it quickly transfers the files. I transferred all of my music and photos in under 15 minutes. Wow, I was impressed.

This is not a fancy hard drive with poor back-up software. It is a basic portable hard drive with a lot of memory space, easy to use, and it's small and light.

I would recommend this product for anyone who needs storage at a great price that is easy to use, easy to carry, and is quiet.
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Size: 750 GB Verified Purchase
I haven't even had these a year so I can't comment too much on the failed hard drive reviews that I have read, all three of my drives work perfectly and I have owned them for just under a year. I don't use them daily but have my DJ music library backed up on one and my video editing files on the others, and they survive a lot of back and forth transport just fine.

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!
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