Toshiba External Hard Drive

Toshiba External Hard Drive

Trent Johnson
Nov 25, 2009

Name: Toshiba External Hard Drive
Price: $159.99
Rating: Recommend*
After a week of using the Toshiba portable hard drive for transporting files between work, home and school, my first impression, that this is one light & solid drive, remains true. See the entire review, after the jump.

Weighing in at a minuscule 6 ounces, Toshiba's 640 GB external drive is a featherweight drive with large storage capacity. Twice now I have opened my shoulder bag at the gym only to discover that I was carrying a 640GB drive with me - I didn't even know it was there (and it should have been left at the office!). Despite being so light, the drive feels solidly crafted. The enclosure feels tough, with no significant flex in the case.

The MSRP for Toshiba's 640GB external HDD isn't as lightweight at $129.99 but can be found online for significantly less. Here are some of the technical details:

  • Capacities: 500GB2 and 320GB2
  • Colors: Vivid White, Liquid Blue, Komodo Green and Rocket Red
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Dimensions: 0.65" (H) x 3.19" (W) x 5.0" (L)
  • Interface: USB 2.0

The drive I tested came preformatted for Windows only so I wasn't able to test it with with Mac OS but I've been assured that it supports OS 10.4 and later. File transfers were surprisingly speedy when compared to my other two external drives, a Western Digital MyBook and Buffalo drive. I don't have any benchmarks but the drive was more responsive to navigate and connected more quickly than what I had experienced with the later.

Inside the Box:

  • Toshiba Portable Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • NTI® Backup Now EZ™ software (pre-loaded) and NTI Shadow™ 4 for Mac software (pre-loaded)
  • Quick install guide
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Certifications

Included backup software (NTI Backup Now EZ) provides two options for automated backup: File and Folder Backup or Complete System Backup. I'm not a fan of extra programs running but I did try it out, however briefly, and it worked fine. The interface was attractive and not as intrusive as many automated programs.

Overall, I'd give this drive a strong recommendation based on its ease of portability (compact size and tiny weight), quick file transfers and pretty decent looks.

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

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