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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  • Anonymous
    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.