Toshiba Offers 500GB Canvio Slim Portable Hard Drive

On Monday Toshiba quietly launched the 500 GB Canvio Slim portable external drive, available now for $114.99 USD. The drive is super thin, measuring a mere 9-mm thick and weighing a maximum 150g. It also comes packed with a USB 3.0 interface, allowing users to transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s.

"Toshiba Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive is ideal for taking your storage on the go," the company states. "This drive offers high capacity storage in a slim and sleek brushed aluminum design that is a perfect companion for your Ultrabook."

The drive arrives with the included NTI Backup Now EZ software which scans the user's system and recommends the best coverage. Users can choose between backing up files to the cloud, backing up files and folders to the Canvio Slim portable hard drive, backing up everything saved on the computer, or choose all three for the most comprehensive coverage.

"Click the restore button and you can recover a file or folder," Toshiba reports. "Boot to your Canvio Slim Portable Hard Drive and it will restore all the files saved on your computer. We've even included a utility to burn a boot CD/DVD to make the process even simpler."

The specs reveal that the external drive has a rotational speed of 5400 RPM, an average seek time of 12 ms, and features a cache buffer of 8 MB. It's pre-formatted in NTFS for Windows, but it comes with a driver so the gadget can be used on a Mac as well.

For more information about the slim new drive, head here.

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  • how does the usb 3 help me if its 5400 RPM? (really asking...)
  • thecolorblue
    terrible terrible reporting.

    5 gb/sec with a 5400 rpm hard drive????????????????????????????
    this is supposed to be a tech literate site is it not?
  • schizz69
    You can still do 60-70MB/s sequentially on a 5400 hdd, which will easily saturate a USB 2.0 interface.
  • warmon6
    thecolorblueterrible terrible reporting.5 gb/sec with a 5400 rpm hard drive????????????????????????????this is supposed to be a tech literate site is it not?
    It's one of there normal copy and paste from manufactures specs and they've been doing this for long while. Don't beleive me? looks at any other USB 3.0 drive on here such as the seagate goflexs.

    bukbukihow does the usb 3 help me if its 5400 RPM? (really asking...)
    Well, the max speed of 2.0 is 30MB/s. USB 3.0 allows the speed to be limited to the HDD. Case in point, I have a Seagate goflex free-agent 750GB from last year that has 3.0. Although i dont have a computer with 3.0 yet, I have taken it apart before and benched it directly with sata.

    It's been while but if memory serves right from HD tune.

    Max: 120MB/s (might of been a little lower but it was 100+ MB/s)
    average: 100MB/s

    And thats just from 5400rpm 750GB hdd. Can you see the usage for usb 3 now.
  • ELMO_2006
    There are other external drives on the market that are USB3.0 but the drive itself is 5400RPM.
    I guess its another way of the manufacturers to keep pricing down - if there is such a thing.

    i.e. WD my Book 3TB with USB3 is 5400RPM and retails for 139.99, I would assume that a black series drive would drive that price up to around 250.00