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Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

Item: 982533    Model: HDWC130XK3J1

Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
2.5stars
( 172 reviews)
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  • 3TB
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Desktop / PC & MAC compatible
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Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
 
2.8

(based on 184 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (87)

54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (67)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Compact (50)
  • Large capacity / good size (41)
  • Quiet (40)

Cons

  • No power switch (6)
  • Slow (4)

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (37)
  • Back-up (36)
  • Photo storage (23)
  • Video (17)
  • File transfer (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (46), Casual user (38)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (62), Business (23)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (72), Mac (8)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Very fast drive

This is a very fast drive with the usb 3.0. When this drive is compared to my old Toshiba 2.0 drive is lightining fast. This 3 TB offers a vast amount of storage for...Read complete review

This is a very fast drive with the usb 3.0. When this drive is compared to my old Toshiba 2.0 drive is lightining fast. This 3 TB offers a vast amount of storage for Videos and data. I would be surprised if I ever fill up this drive. here is the Specs:
"The Canvio Desk Desktop external hard drive is 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 computerCustomizable backup routine provides the ability to select common file types, (word documents, pictures, movies, music, etc.), change how often backup takes place (hourly, daily, etc.) and change the Drive Space Alert threshold setting. Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, Toshiba's Canvio Desk Desktop offers reliable add-on storage and backup solution with the latest USB technology."

3TB / USB 3.0
Desktop / PC & MAC compatible
Interfaces: USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
Interface Transfer Rate: Up to 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0), Up to 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0)
Speed: 5700 RPM
Average Seek Time: 14 ms
Cache Buffer: 32 MB
Size (mm): 129(L) X 42(W) X 167(H)
Color: Black/Black
Weight: 1,000g Max

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Questionable reliability

I've owned quite a few external drives in the past, however this is the first Toshiba I've had. Over all it does what it should in a backup drive. No frills, a solid...Read complete review

I've owned quite a few external drives in the past, however this is the first Toshiba I've had. Over all it does what it should in a backup drive. No frills, a solid design, just a block with a USB port and one for the included power supply. Plug it in and it was immediately seen by my Mac Pro,(it comes formatted in Windows NTFS which can be read by Macs but not written to without additional software.) All the backup software is for Windows as well so I can't review any of it.
Once formatted correctly the drive is ready for files, I used a backup program from the App store called Backup Buddy, that seems to pickup the slack left behind by Time Machine, however Time Machine is perfect for primary backups, and with 3TB of storage, this drive gives me tons of storage.

My only problem is that it failed after only 20 days of use. Staples was great about replacing it and hopefully it was a fluke. At least the info it backed up was still on the original drive so nothing was lost. If this doesn't fail again for a while then I have nothing else to complain about.

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4.0

Good but has issues

By Duftopia

from Glen ROck, N.J.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

I have several of these drives as well as several Toshiba in clients homes and noticed that the drives are very vulnerable to overheating.

The capacities are good, the workmanship seems just as good but they turn off when run too long and seem to overheat. Just like the Toshiba Laptops.

Still price wise its a good deal, will update information after 3-5 years of use, I suspect the worse - but I can be wrong.

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1.0

Buyer Beware...

By Tim

from Pennsylvania

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

As an IT engineer of 15 years, I've had plenty of chances to try out various external hard drives, and I have to say; I am NOT very impressed with this one.

Here's why: First off, there is a built in "feature" that automatically puts the drive to sleep after a very short period if time; regardless of any power management option. It's a common complaint and built into the firmware of the device. For the home user running Windows and only using this for backups-- this might not be a problem, but for someone running linux or another alternative operating system, it may unmount the drive and cause some hassle.

The second complaint I have about this drive is it's speed. I've literally not exceeded 9mbps on transfers to this device. I initially blamed my USB controller for this, but have read about this problem from multiple other reviews on other sites. Also, my drive read 2.72GB free when first plugged in. So if you're not expecting that, then be prepared to format the drive and/or remove their hidden partition used for the backup software.

On a positive note; I will say that the device has not failed yet. (Although many reviewers have said their's did eventually fail). In summary, I would recommend a more reliable drive with better reviews, as too many people have ran into the problems I've stated.

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5.0

Hard Drive

By Listing Houses for Less

from Plymouth Meeting Pa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

great price great product

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4.0

external hard drive

By terri hutchens

from peach springs az

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

well priced and just what we needed to assist with our community's frequent brown outs

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4.0

Excellent Value

By dawson

from nyc

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Toshiba Canvio Desktop 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

This is a very good drive. It mounts on the desktop very quickly as compared with some other external drives and has an excellent response time for loading and displaying files. I'm using it primarily for video files and thus far it has worked very well with no lag time. It loads videos quickly and has no problem with continuous playback. On a price/quality scale it rates favorable to comparable WD and Seagate hard drives. I would recommend this drive to anyone seeking inexpensive and reliable storage solutions.

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