Kevin OBrien

Toshiba Canvio Desk 3TB Review Discussion

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Over the summer, Toshiba released three new Canvio Desk Desktop external hard drives that are available in capacities of 1 TB (HDWC110XK3J1), 2 TB (HDWC120XK3J1), and 3 TB (HDWC130XK3J1). Today, we have the opportunity to get our hands on and review the 3 TB Canvio Desk Desktop external hard drive. The drive is USB 3.0 compatible, which Toshiba was kind enough to include the USB 3.0 cable within the package. It comes formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8. Mac users aren't to be left out though, as the drive can be reformatted to work with Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard.

Toshiba Canvio Desk 3TB Review

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I don't see pictures of the inside of the drive? What mech is it using? What chipset? Rip it apart in the name of science! :)

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Yeah, the drive is what we're interested in! And if it's got a normal SATA connector: run it through your typical test suite and compare to WD Green etc. :)

It's really hard to find any tests of the new Toshiba 3.5" drives. I've heard they're just the current Hitachi design, but not from a source I consider trustworthy. It's strange that noone seeme to be iterested in these drives.

MrS

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MrSpadge' timestamp='1353534352' post='278362']

Yeah, the drive is what we're interested in! And if it's got a normal SATA connector: run it through your typical test suite and compare to WD Green etc. :)

It's really hard to find any tests of the new Toshiba 3.5" drives. I've heard they're just the current Hitachi design, but not from a source I consider trustworthy. It's strange that noone seeme to be iterested in these drives.

MrS

I can tell you why I'm taking it back tomorrow. First I'd have to say you get what you pay for, and it's software definitely sucks. The GUI sucks bad,, very amateurish and not intuitive. My machine recognized the drive and it's crap "built in software," the first connetion,, but remove the usb from your box, and you are screwed. I knew I should have formatted the drive while I could still get to it. And use powerful Acronis right away. Now win7 refuses to even recognize the drive, or find a driver for it. So, ,I haven't been able to access the drive at all so I CAN format it. I'm going to run puppy linux from a usb stick and see what I can do to format that b***h, but I'm no expert with it. Just poke and hope. Don't waste your money or time. Spend $30 more and get a WD 3GB.

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Just bought two of these units from a local retailer - cheapest 3TB drive I could find at £99. I'll tear them down on Sunday, all being well. I'm hoping they'll have Hitachi mechs in them.

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