Toshiba Canvio 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black/Silver) - E05A050CAU3XS

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Stay away from Toshiba

by Jeff S on 12/5/2011

I bought this drive in April 2011. It failed 2 months later. Returned it to Toshiba and received a coupon to purchase replacement from ToshibaDirect. Purchased the replacement. The second drive arrived DOA. Returned it to ToshibaDirect. Will never buy Toshiba again and you shouldn't either. You've been warned.

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A Good Drive

by Bruce on 3/27/2012

I purchased one of these Toshiba drives about 8 months ago. It has worked fine and I have experienced no issues with it at all. I would recommend it.

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Product Overview

Toshiba’s Canvio 3.0 portable hard disk drives feature a speedy USB 3.0 interface, which offer blazing fast file transfers at up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives.

Canvio 3.0 drives feature simple plug-and-play operation, pre-loaded backup software, and backward compatibility with personal computers and other devices equipped with USB 2.0 ports.

Building on the success of its current Canvio portable hard disk drive product, Canvio 3.0 drives feature the same easy-to-use features users have come to expect from Toshiba portable hard drives. Windows-based NTI BackupNow EZ software provides step-by-step and fully-customizable backup capabilities. In addition, complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data and a special Drive Space Alert monitor sends an onscreen update when storage space is running low. An Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology keep data safe during day-to-day movement from a desk, pocket, bag, or beyond.

The stylish design of the Canvio 3.0 product line features a pocket-sized, rounded rectangular form factor with rubberized edges and a high gloss black finish with red, green, blue, white, or silver graphical accents. In support of Toshiba’s environmental efforts, Canvio 3.0 drives are 25 percent smaller than previous non-Canvio external drive families, reducing the quantity of materials used in production and the product packaging has been designed to use 100 percent recyclable materials.


Manufacturer Toshiba
Mfg Part# E05A050CAU3XS
SKU 218848142
UPC 883974611027
UPC 14 00883974611027
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500GB of Storage Capacity
Backward Compatibility with USB 2.0 Ports
USB Powered for Portabililty
Easy to Use with Simple Plug-and-play Operation
Customizable Backup Options with Pre-loaded Backup Software
3 Year Limited Warranty
Tech Specs
Interface: USB 3.0
Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec
Drive Dimensions: (W x D x H) 500GB/750GB - 79mm (3.1") x 118.9mm (4.7") x 13.5mm (0.53")
Drive Weight: 5.2 oz
Drive Warranty: Three (3) Year Limited Warranty
Environmental: RoHS Compliant
Country of Origin: Assembled in China with drive manufactured in Japan, Philippines, Thailand, or China.
Compatible: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Available USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Port.
System Requirements: S/A
Certifications: FCC/CE/UL/cUL RoHS Compatible
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