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Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Basics Portable Hard Drive, Black

by Toshiba
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Product Features

  • Host Interface/`USB 3.0`
  • Product Type/`Hard Drive`
  • Buffer/`8 MB`
  • Storage Capacity/`1 TB`
  • Rotational Speed/`5400 rpm`

Product Details

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

If you want an easy way to hold your growing digital library--files, pictures, music and videos--Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are a great solution, offering simple drag-and-drop storage that's ready to roll right out of the 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.






Future-proofed with USB 3.0 technology, the Canvio Basics 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.

This version of the Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drive has a 1 TB storage capacity, but it also comes in 500 GB and 750 GB capacities.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Key Features

Peace of Mind
Portable Peace of Mind

Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives deliver one of the easiest ways to add storage to your computer. One of the simplest storage solutions in a box, they offer plug-and-play, drag-and-drop convenience.

Hard Drive Protection
Extra Hard Drive Protection

Offering a built-in internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology, Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives help safeguard your data against accidents, drops and unfortunate real-life scenarios.

Faster Transfer Speeds

Powered by new USB 3.0 technology, Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are far faster than--but still compatible with--USB 2.0 technology. So you'll still be able to plug it into older PCs with USB 2.0 ports.

3-year warranty
Three-Year Limited Warranty

Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are packed with famous Toshiba innovation, tested thoroughly for reliability, and backed by a three-year limited warranty.

USB 3.0 speed compare


  • Capacity: 1 TB
  • Disk Speed: 5400 RPM
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Transfer Rate: Up to 480 Mb/s
  • Average Seek Time: 12 ms
  • Buffer: 8 MB cache
  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 0.65 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD)

What's in the Box

Toshiba Canvio Basics hard drive, pre-loaded backup software, USB 3.0 cable, quick install guide, warranty card

Product Description

Discover one of the easiest ways to add storage to your computer with Toshiba's Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drive, offering one of the simplest storage solutions right out of the box.

For those who want easy, effective drag-and-drop storage to manage their growing digital library, the Canvio Basics 3.0 is a great solution. Offering up to 1 terabyte of capacity, and powered by USB 3.0 technology, it lets you copy even some of the largest files off your PC and onto the drive faster than ever before. Thanks to a special internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to guard against accidents and drops for greater peace of mind, it's also the perfect way to share or transport your digital content.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Léger, fiable, plug and play, 100% portable Jan. 16 2012
By Cocody
À peine plus gros qu'un paquet de 25 cigarettes, ce disque est 100% portable. Je n'ai pas pu vérifier sa vitesse en connexion USB3. Je n'ai pas de USB3 sur mon PC. Il est toutefois totalement compatible USB2.

Son cable USB est toutefois très court. Ça ne pose pas de problème avec un portable mais avec un desktop, il faudra une rallonge ou un multiplicateur alimenté.
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736 of 769 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please Read if Your Drive Isn't "Recognized" Anymore. An Easy Primer and Tutorial. Feb. 21 2012
By TMac - Published on
Many people have complained about the Toshiba 2.5" drives (of all capacities and price points) quickly 'dying' after a very short time. This opinion is prevalent on both Amazon and other shopping sites and even Toshiba's direct site itself.

I was in the same boat. My Canvio Basics failed to be "recognized" by my PC within 1 month. My 2-star rating reflects this.

HOWEVER, this is directed toward those who believe "all [my] valuable data is lost forever". I conjecture that 99% of the time it is not, and there is a relatively very simple & inexpensive fix.

The problem is most likely not with the drive itself but rather the 'bridge' circuitry between the drive and the USB connection. There is most likely nothing wrong with the drive itself, and thus nor is there anything wrong with your data. Such was also the case with me.

These drives, regardless of manufacturer or capacity, are essentially identical in their 'guts'. The difference is often nothing more than what you see: packaging, branding, bloatware, and other brand-specific identities. Indeed, crack open a lesser-known brand (Calvary, Fantom, etc.) and there's a good chance you will actually see Toshiba, Hitachi, Western Digital, or some other recognizable name's 'guts' inside.

Here is how to fix the problem.

1. Purchase a 2.5" SATA-to-USB enclosure. Amazon lists them for as little as $3. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a MicroCenter, they sell them for $6. Yes this is extra money and hassle, but your data is worth it, and I presume for many of you this is more convenient than dealing with returning the drive. You probably purchased this drive because it was over $6 cheaper anyway.

2. The drive casing is a 2-piece shell. Use an Exacto knife or boxcutter to gently pry/'slice' open the seam between the 2 pieces. Once you get it 'started' it will be quite easy to pop apart the rest of the fasteners.

3. From here it is simply a plug-and-play situation. Disengage ('unplug') the drive from the circuitry. Be gentle (use the wiggle method). Then 'plug' the drive into your new enclosure and, *Voila*.

There are several Youtube videos showing this as well.

Now, there are several sites/Youtube videos that claim this is not a permanent solution, due to the 'delicate balance' of the rubber bumpers in the original drive. I smell bull-manure, but only time will tell... maybe this new setup will last until the expected life of the drive, maybe it won't. Also, the $3/6 new enclosures will not support USB 3.0; you'll indeed have to shell out extra money for that. Regardless, this process will almost certainly buy you enough time to find another place for your data.

All is not lost! Hope this helps.
285 of 311 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drive failed in under a year, customer service NIGHTMARE Oct. 10 2012
By Jack Y. Kalish - Published on
This drive worked fine for about a year, and now will no longer mount. Toshiba claims that there is a 3 Year Warranty on the product, which is clearly expressed on the box, and in the pamphlet. Well, I spent 3 hours so far trying to file a warranty claim on the product with no progress. I've called about 5 phone numbers and visited 3 websites, and I just keep getting redirected from one person to another. Nobody can help me, and they even refuse to escalate my call to a manager.

The warranty claim phone number put me on hold for about 35 minutes before I gave up, with no indication at all as to how long I would have to wait, or how many other people are ahead of me!

From my point of view, the warranty that Toshiba claims to offer on their external harddrives is total B.S. It seems that they are purposely making it impossible to file a claim their products. So frustrated and upset after this experience, I will be sure to avoid Toshiba in the future.
245 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-around good deal and both Mac and PC compatible... Aug. 1 2012
By Chuck Bittner - Published on
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**Update** Be sure to check the different prices on the different size hard drives. I wrote this review several years ago when the 320 GB hard drive was a good deal. At the time of writing this update you can get the 2 TB hard drive for the same price as the 1.5 TB hard drive. And now the 320 GB hard drive is completely overpriced. So be sure to check the different sizes and get the biggest hard drive you can afford. You might not need the extra space now but in the future most likely you're going to.

This is an "portable" hard drive meaning all it needs is a USB plug into your computer to transfer the data and get power from. That means you don't have to plug in an AC adapter to your wall socket. I prefer these hard drives over the kind that require an AC adapter every time. This will also work with USB 2.0 adapters the speeds for 2.0 transfers are still fast enough for most users at about a gigabyte of data every 30 to 40 seconds. At the time of writing this review to terabyte drives or the highest capacity could find for a portable hard drive. If you want to get a 3 or 4TB hard drive those are the kind that require a wall AC adapter.

This hard drive is Mac compatible just follow the steps below to format the hard drive for your Mac. If you're a Mac user setting up or erasing this drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps.

1. Plug in the the drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you'd like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
5. Then on the right-hand side you can name the partitions and select the format. If you are transferring video files I highly recommend you choose Mac OS Extended (If you want to use it with Time Machine this is the choice you need to make) as it can handle files over 4GB. Sometimes it's good to make two partitions and one using "MS-DOS fat" or "ExFat" if you might be transferring files to and from a Windows machine. The reason is Windows machines and Macs can read and write to the "MS-DOS fat" format but your files will need to be under 4 GB each as that's the maximum file size it can handle.***
6. Then click apply and your Mac will create all the partitions you wanted and you're good to go.

*** The ExFat format is new to Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks and doesn't have a 4gb file size limit the "MS-DOS fat" or Fat32 does but not all devices like cameras & digital devices can't read or write to it.

I hope this helps and be sure to always have backups of your important data. Take it from somebody was lost a lot of data to hard drive failures always backup and Time Machine is so transparent if you're using a Mac you should be using Time Machine.

Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed and/or found it informative. (How can someone be really enjoy a review? I shouldn't use that term in a review because most reviews are informative but very few reviews are entertaining)
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drive, Great Price July 27 2012
By George Sawyn - Published on
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With my original data backup drives starting to run out of room, I bought this drive to use as a backup for my iTunes music library and digital photo library. It worked immediately, right out of the box; I plugged it into my iMac's USB port, and it showed up on the desktop in a few seconds. Even formatted as it is for Windows, it would have worked fine for a data backup (music and photos), but I wanted to see if it would format correctly to use as a bootup disk for a Mac System backup drive. I was able to use Mac's Disk Utility program, and reformatted the drive in just a few minutes. The drive is working just fine, and the price is fantastic; I have just ordered another one.

Update 8/1/2012: I just saw that Amazon raised the price by $10... this was a great item at $44.99, but $54.99 is still pretty good...

Update 2/26/201: I recently got yet another one of these, a 500 GB version this time (Bought from Office Max only because I had some in-store rewards to use up), and again, I stand by everything in my original review. Excellent quality drive, GREAT price, and easy to format for use with either Windows or Macintosh.
84 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 weeks and fail Nov. 9 2011
By White - Published on
This cute little drive seemed fine for 2 weeks. Then sometimes the drive would go to sleep and not wake up until it was unplugged (not nice for Mac or drive). About a week later, the light on the drive started flashing constantly, then it started hanging my Mac. I have a lot of experience with portable drives and have never had one fail so quickly. Also this drive is not supported by Toshiba, so good luck getting it "repaired". I should have researched more on other sites, because this one has received scathing reviews on Toshiba's own web site. I usually purchase drives from Amazon, however I needed this drive immediately when I purchased it from Best Buy. Don't have the box anymore, so I can't return it and Toshiba doesn't support it -- ugh. Wasted money. Into the trash is goes.
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