Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HDTC610XK3B1 (Black)
- Transfers your large media files at blazing fast speeds with USB 3.0.
- Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
- Provides file, folder, and full system backup and recovery with pre-loaded backup software.
- Secures your backup with a password (Data Encryption, up to 256-bit).
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|Hard-Drive Size||1,024 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||4.7 x 3.1 x 0.65 in||3.1 x 4.7 x 0.59 in||0.6 x 4.8 x 3.2 in||3.07 x 4.29 x 0.55 in||3.1 x 4.7 x 0.7 in||2.95 x 4.21 x 0.49 in|
|Item Weight||0.63 lb||0.51 lb||6.4 ounces||5.82 ounces||0.63 lb||5.44 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1,000 GB||1 TB||1,000|
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Canvio 3.0 Plus 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 3.0 Plus Portable Hard Drives, you'll enjoy portable storage space for even the largest digital libraries. Our 1.0TB Drive is capable of storing up to: 285,000 digital photos, or 263,000 digital music files, or 820 downloaded digital movies. Each Canvio 3.0 Plus Portable Hard Drive includes an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to help keep your drive safe. Canvio 3.0 Plus Portable Hard Drives are preloaded with software to make backup fast and simple. The included NTI Backup Now EZ software scans your system and recommends the best coverage for your computer. Choose between backing up your files to the cloud, backing up your files and folders to your Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive, backing up everything saved on your computer, or choose all three for the most comprehensive coverage. Click the restore button and you can recover a file or folder. Boot to your Canvio 3.0 Plus Portable Hard Drive and it will restore all the files saved on your computer. We've even included a utility to burn a boot CD/DVD to make the process even simpler. Secure your backup files with password-protected data encryption, (up to 256-bit), to help keep your backup safe and prevent unauthorized access. Options include the ability to select only the most common file types, (like work documents, pictures, movies, music, etc.), change how often your backup takes place (hourly, daily, weekly, etc.) and change the threshold settings on the Drive Space Alert. Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Plus Portable Drives are compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. For over 20 years Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives used by every major brand of notebook computer.
If you want a smarter way to preserve your most precious digital files and memories, Toshiba's "brainy" Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive offers a complete system backup solution in a box. It requires no external AC adapter and it's Plug & Play compatible. Just connect it into the USB port of your PC and you're good to go (learn more about backups below).
Future-proofed with USB 3.0 technology, the Canvio 3.0 hard drive significantly improves file transfer speed for large media files and dramatically minimizes the wait time for backup and recovery processes. Plus, it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. Additionally, each Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive includes an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to help keep your drive safe.
This version of the Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive has a 1 TB storage capacity, and it comes in black.
Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable hard drives are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Computer Backup Made Fast and Simple
The included NTI Backup Now EZ software scans your system and recommends the best coverage for your computer. Choose from three backup strategy options:
Or, choose all three for the most comprehensive coverage.
Click the restore button and you can recover a file or folder. Boot to your Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive and it will restore all the files saved on your computer. Toshiba even includes a utility to burn a boot CD/DVD to make the process even simpler.
Secure your backup files with password-protected data encryption, (up to 256-bit), to help keep your backup safe and prevent unauthorized access. The Drive Space Alert monitor will keep an eye on your drive and let you know when it is getting full.
For advanced users, Toshiba's added the ability to customize your backup routine. Options include the ability to select only the most common file types, (like work documents, pictures, movies, music, etc.), change how often your backup takes place (hourly, daily, weekly, etc.), and change the threshold settings on the Drive Space Alert.
What's in the Box
Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive, pre-loaded backup software, USB 3.0 cable, quick install guide, warranty card
Top customer reviews
Some things to consider:
* This is a USB 3.0 device. You can use it on USB 2.0 ports, but USB 3.0 devices are less tolerant of out-of-spec components. Some older USB ports cannot handle the signal and power requirements of a USB 3.0 device. For example, I can plug this drive directly into my HP laptop docking station (USB 2.0) and it works like gold. I plug it into the USB ports on the front of one of my desktop PCs (USB 2.0, connected to the USB header on the motherboard) and all the drive will do is come on, make a clicking sound, and report an error in Windows (not enough power going to the drive). I plug it into a rear USB port on the same desktop with an extension cable and it works like gold again. I suspect this low tolerance for older, out-of-spec USB components is causing the problems other reviewers seem to be having with the drive.
* As others have mentioned, the USB 3.0 cable included with the drive is rather short (~18in). I suspect the short length may have something to do with Toshiba's attempt at mitigating potential problems with older/out-of-spec USB components. I had luck using a USB extension cable, but that was on a USB 2.0 port. Your mileage may vary.
So, two caveats: (1) If you use it with older and/or out-of-spec components you may have some troubleshooting to do; and, (2) the included cable is shorter than others. Neither of those things is worth taking off a whole star.
I've purchased over two dozen of these Canvio drives (sizes anywhere between 500GB and 1TB), mainly because they work just fine, and the warranty covers you when they don't. All drives will fail, that's the nature of the beast (really, they do; just google Google's case study, or BackBlaze's "How long do disk drives last?" article). Portable drives tend to fail a bit sooner, mainly due to them being subject to more "movement" than the 3.5" drives sitting inside your computer case: moving them while in operation (which is why the original iPods had a huge rate of failure amongst people who strap them to their arm and went about their normal exercise routine), carrying them in bags or pockets, whatever the case might be... they are, after all, portable.
That said, some drives will last you over 5 years, some will be DOA out the box, and most will fall somewhere in between. While I have had ONE of these drives not work straight out of the box (to be expected, considering how many we've purchased), the rest have been about average, and I can't say we noticed any difference with any other brands as far as performance or reliability. We used to buy Seagates, but stopped when they axed the 2- and 3-year warranties. The 3-yr warranty on these is just great for the purposes of peace of mind, and I've had nothing but great experiences with the claim process for the few of these that have failed throughout the course of their natural lifespan. For reference, if you are having troubles locating the warranty claim website, it's [...] Just hit the "START" button and follow the prompts. Very simple, relatively-painless.
Speed is more than decent for a 2.5" drive, mainly thanks to the high-density platters: even though they're 5400rpm, the bottleneck will always be the USB interface with these. Never had a need for the built-in software, so I can't speak for that (most of mine are being used as Time Machine targets without any issues). Access time is meh, about what can be expected from a 5400rpm drive; no surprises there.
As a parting note, please keep in mind always that your data is not backed up if it only lives in one place! No hard drive or any other storage media is fail-safe, so unless your data is in *at least* two places, it is subject to the danger of vanishing into imaginary 1s-and-0s following the failure of said media. If your computer is running out of space, don't just move data to an external drive to make room in the computer! (unless you backup that external drive, that is). Don't rely on a single drive to hold your pictures/documents/tax information/etc.... always backup!
Different story now. What can I say that others haven't already ... the drive "ejects" itself all by itself. One moment it's there, the next it tells me I ejected it improperly. What?! I didn't touch anything! Files then became corrupted. Of course, I'm two weeks past the return window. Having read the horrid tech support reports, I don't even want to deal with it at this point. The manufacturer comments attached to some reviews here merely suggest you try it on a different computer. No thanks. The least they can do is have you contact them directly to resolve the issue.
Research of no help, but plenty of horror stories. It's PC Windows. It's Mac OS (all varieties) It's drive failure. It's the USB connection. It's the USB 3.0 cable. It's the USB powered hub. It's the screwy software included. It's from waking up from sleep. It's a mini-power glitch. It's operator error. The suggestion was made that it very well may be the USB 3.0 cable, however I tried a different 3.0 cable with the same result.
Note: I do not have this issue with my other drives WD, Iomega or Simpletech portables, however they are USB 2.0. (although other people have had similar problems...)
Great... it just happened again while writing this opinion. "The disk was not ejected properly. If possible, always eject a disk before unplugging it or turning it off." No kidding, Sherlock! 5th time this evening. I wasn't even breathing on it... much less looking at it.
I bought this at the time based on all the stellar five star reviews. Since then, there are many more one stars. Would not recommend. Totally flakey and unreliable.