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Toshiba unveils 2TB USB-powered portable hard drives

by Mark Tyson on 29 January 2013, 12:30

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Toshiba has announced two “big” new additions to its Canvio portable storage line-up. The new 2TB Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drive and 2TB Canvio Special Edition portable hard drive provide a lot of storage in a small package. The big difference between the Basics 3.0 and Special Edition version is, as far as we can see, the inclusion of NTI® Backup Now EZ™ software with the Special Edition drive.

Maciek Brzeski, VP at Toshiba’s US Digital Products Division, said of the new Canvio drives; “Our new 2TB solutions now provide our customers that are looking for basic functionality with an increased storage capacity, as the most basic users are continuing to grow an expansive digital library.”

As is usual with external hard drive news releases, the company tries to express the 2TB of storage in terms of a digital library consisting of photos (571,000 digital photos), MP3s (526,000 digital music files) or videos (1,640 downloaded digital movies). Is that info useful to anyone?

The Canvio drives should work straight out of the box without any software setup required for Windows systems. They support USB 3.0 but are backwards compatible for USB 2.0 transfers. The USB port supplies power to the drive so you won’t need a dedicated power brick, making this portable hard disk much more portable. Another useful feature of the Canvio drives is the “special internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to keep consumers' digital files safe against accidental drops”.

Let’s look at the 2TB Canvio Basics 3.0 specs:

  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Interface: USB 3.0 with up to 5 Gb/s transfer rate
  • Rotational Speed: Up to 5,400RPM
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Cache Buffer: 8MB
  • Dimensions & Weight: 79 x 120 x 21mm, weighs 220g
  • System Requirements: Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, XP or Vista, USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Safety: Internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology protects your drive and data
  • Cable: USB 3.0 Cable (works with USB 2.0) provided
  • Guarantee: Three year limited warranty

US residents can buy the new 2TB capacity Canvio portable drives starting from 12th February at Toshiba Direct, or Best Buy. Suggested retail prices are $189.99 for the Canvio Basics and $219.99 for the Special Edition. There is no info as yet on UK/Europe release dates or pricing.

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It's powered directly by the USB then? That'd be nice.
Pretty nice, but this sort of thing's been around for years just not with that kind of capacity.
There are USB-IDE adaptors available for a couple quid that let you use 2.5" IDE drives with no other power, I've been using one with a 160G drive as a pocket drive for the last 5 years now.
Western Digital has done this already right? (

Well, it is handy. Since I mainly use laptops now, most of my recent local backups goes into 2.5“ drives. Yeah 3.5” drives are much cheaper per GB, but I don't want a power brick.
Yeah and there was a 1.5tb around 74.99 recently too
Good for us if more competition now and lower usb3 drive prices
So this is 2x 1TB drives in RAID-0 right?

The bigger news would be a 2TB 2.5" drive…