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Toshiba Portable External Hard Drive, 320 GB

Convenience Storage By Buffalo And Toshiba

We’re not sure if we like the stripes, but the surface and finish is much nicer than Buffalo’s.

Other vendors have been in the external storage market much longer than Toshiba, but the Japanese company tries to score by having the nicer product. Indeed, the finish of the Portable External Hard Drive is much better than what we saw with Buffalo’s Mini Station. And the Toshiba drive is lighter as well, coming in at 6.25 ounces (178 g) versus almost 8 ounces (224 g). The cable, however, cannot be wrapped around the device as nicely, and Toshiba failed to include a carrying bag or a similar housing to accommodate the drive and the cable. We found it nice that this product will always work reliably with a single USB 2.0 connection thanks to the efficient Toshiba hard drive.

The surface is black and glossy, and you can see that the connector fits well into the opening. The Japanese designed hardware clearly shows greater perfection.

Toshiba offers quicker access time (17.8 ms vs. 19.1 ms), but less throughput. The Buffalo product with TurboUSB—which is supposed to be much faster—is only somewhat faster at an average of almost 32 MB/s, while Toshiba stays at 29.7 MB/s. In both cases, the hard drives could provide data at least twice as fast as USB 2.0 allows. Write performance is equal at almost 27 MB/s.

Toshiba provides a quick installation guide, which is sufficient for this product, and a USB data cable. The drive works with the 500 mA provided by USB 2.0 ports and hence does not require auxiliary power.

Toshiba wasn’t very creative with selecting a product name. Almost every external drive is just called Portable External Hard Drive.

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    Anonymous , August 11, 2008 2:53 PM
    Actually, the Toshiba is available at $129. I know, I just bought one and I love it. And so does my Acer Aspire One.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2008 3:10 PM
    I bought one of the 320GB Toshiba drives a few months ago for $130 from Office Depot (or Max? one of the two). It's served me well and works like a champ. And I have to say, the convenience of not needing a power cable far outweighs (in my mind) the higher read speed of drives that do need a power cable.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2008 6:29 PM
    anyone knows the make of the drive inside the Buffalo's?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2008 2:56 AM
    I formatted my Toshiba hard drive like a moron and lost this installation file. Does anyone know where I can get it back? Any help will be appreciated!
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2008 2:36 AM
    I believe the drivers can be downloaded from the Toshiba site itself.

    Alternatively, if all else fails, you can also search Google for your installation file name, i'm sure it will be around.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2012 12:23 AM
    I have a Toshibe 320 GB external hard drive and the cable went bad, I need to replace it. I see the image of the cable on your web site. Please let me know if I can purchase it from you and the price. Thank you. Nadia