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Toshiba Crams 1TB Into Your Pocket

On Sunday Toshiba revealed its solution to ease consumer burdens of losing "digital memories" by offering its new line of Canvio pocket-sized external drives. Toshiba said the Canvio drives are an easy-to-use backup solution that offers storage capacities of up to 1 TB. Surprisingly, the company spent more time coughing up data loss statistics than promoting hardware details surrounding the new Canvio line.

"Women, in particular, are concerned about the security of family memories-- 78 percent of women respondents indicated they are primarily responsible for maintaining family records and memories to pass down to future generations," the company said. "These "chief memory officers" say that family videos and photos, as well as ancestor photos, are the most precious memories they have."

On a hardware level, Toshiba touts the 6-ounce Canvio as smaller than a postcard. The new line will also come in five colors: Liquid Blue, Komodo Green, Rocket Red, Raven Black, and Satin Silver. All five will be preloaded with Windows-based NTI Backup Now EZ software that features "extensive backup options, advanced restore functionalities, and an ability to overwrite specific original files." The drives are Windows 7, Vista, and XP compatible, and connect via a USB 2.0 port.

As for storage capacities, Toshiba is offering four variants: 500 GB ($119.99), 640 GB ($139.99), 750 GB ($159.99), and 1 TB ($199.99). The company also added that it reduced the physical size of the Canvio line by 25-percent while delivering a 35-percent reduction in total volume by using 100-percent recyclable materials.

  • mianmian
    1TB for portable HD, a milestone.
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  • Wow, That is amazing. Now the day we get SD, Micro SD and MS Pro duo at 1tb will the next step at compressing drives.
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  • Userremoved
    So i can put that in my pocket but not my Ipad. LOL Nice step for Toshiba.
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  • Nice, but how sensitive is the platters to damage from such as accidentally being dropped on a marble or ceramic tile floor?

    With 1TB of storage, I'd much rather have USB 3.0 or eSATA to be able to transfer as much data as possible should the drive start showing any signs of dying.

    where as with USB 2.0 you're basically screwed trying to get all that data off the drive before it stops working permanently.
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  • sliem
    Wow kind of expensive but it's cool.
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  • saaiello
    USB 2.0 Why that is really stupid to put such a large amount of storage without USB 3.0
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  • enzo matrix
    SAAIELLOOn a hardware level, Toshiba touts the 6-ounce Canvio as smaller than a postcard. The new line will also come in five colors: Liquid Blue, Komodo Green, Rocket Red, Raven Black, and Satin Silver. All five will be preloaded with Windows-based NTI Backup Now EZ software that features "extensive backup options, advanced restore functionalities, and an ability to overwrite specific original files." The drives are Windows 7, Vista, and XP compatible, and connect via a USB 2.0 port.0Hardware level? I don't consider size, colour, software, software and software to be on the hardware level.
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  • NewJohnny
    I have replaced defective drives in residential and business computers for many years. Most dead desktop drives have been Maxtor by a long margin, even after Seagate bought them out. Distant 2nd goes to Samsung Spinpoint. The lowest amount of failures have been Western Digital.

    The vast majority of dead laptop drives (95%) have been Toshiba. I would never, ever trust Toshiba with my data.

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  • mavanhel
    The company also added that it reduced the physical size of the Canvio line by 25-percent while delivering a 35-percent reduction in total volume by using 100-percent recyclable materials.

    NO. I don't care who you are but you don't reduce volume by using recycled materials. Errors like this really annoy me, especially in professional journalism.
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  • matt87_50
    " its solution to ease consumer burdens of losing "digital memories" "

    lol, it eases the burden by grouping the inevitable loss in to bigger, less frequent occurrences, no longer will you be burdened with loosing little bits of your digital memories all the time! now you can cram them all into one place, thus streamlining the loss in to one, catastrophic loss of everything all at once! kind of like being hit by a truck and getting amnesia, rather than suffering Alzheimers...

    just kidding, I'm all for bigger drives, but for the love of god, as always remember to back everything up! with portable drives its not even really the risk of the drive failing, but Actually LOOSING it.
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