Featuring one terabyte of space ( 1 TB = 1 x 1012 (1, 000, 000, 000, 000) whereas one gigabyte (1 GB = 109 ( 1, 000, 000, 000). USB 3.0, and, disk imaging software are also included to back up your existing computer hard drive, this portable drive is no bigger than the average QWERTY keyboard mobile phone. From the time I took it out of the packaging and plugged it into my Windows desktop, it worked perfectly. If you’re concerned about rigging new hardware, rest assured, the Toshiba is about as idiot-proof as you can get which makes it custom ordered for the technology challenged.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Mac OS x (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard & Lion)
I did some research on the drive beforehand, and, was intitally concerned that USB 3.0, despite being touted as backwards compatible with USB 2.0, wouldn’t work on my XP box. But I was pleasantly surprised when it ran just the way it was intended with my existing USB 2.0 ports.
Where Macs are concerned, the Toshiba is formatted with NTFS and can be read and written to on a Windows PC. Mac OS X can read data from the drive with no additional software, but if you want to write to the drive, then you have to install the software which is already loaded on the external drive. Once installed, Tuxera NTFS for Mac will enable both read and write support for the NTFS partition on your Mac.
I have an Iomega 300 gigabyte drive that I purchased back in 2007. At the time, its retail price came in just under $300.00. This drive (pictured above next to the black Toshiba Canvio) is about the size of a electronic book reader, and requires external power, which can make portability somewhat of an issue. (Especially if you’re using another computer that is not at your own private desk with your own private electricity socket.) Additionally, after the Iomega has been powered up for a little while, it tends to get really hot so you have to take care not to place it near or on anything heat-sensitive. Plus, it’s on the heavy side. (I’m not sure what the exact weight is, but you wouldn’t want to get hit upside the head with it.)
I also formatted the Iomega to that of the NTFS file system since doing so would maximize space on the drive. (Out of the box, it was just the bloated FAT-32 system.) The Canvio, on the other hand, is about a third of the size of the Iomega and requires no external power source, which makes transportation and interfacing with another computer fairly simple. The drive comes with its own USB 3.0 leash and will work with most USB 2.0 ports. (I was able to successfully jack into an XP system owned by the local library which are notoriously, woefully, not state-of-the-art computers and locked down so ridiculously that it’s a wonder the system is even operable.)
If you’re looking for a highly portable, easy to use, mass storage device to replace a thumb drive (as I was) then this drive is for you. The price tag is not cost prohibitive and retails for approximately $70.00.
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Note: The Canvio has an L.E.D. located at the top of the case that will blink white intermittently when reading/writing to the drive, but goes black when the drive is idle.
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