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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black

  • USB 3.0 port required for high-speed transfers
  • Available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • TYLER D.
  • 4/17/2016 10:33:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: -Fast
-Dependable

Cons: -None

Other Thoughts: Love it. I have never had a Toshiba drive disappoint me.

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  • N/A
  • 11/6/2015 10:09:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOld_Ham

Pros: Price.
Soft feet. Use upright or on its side.
NTFS file system.

Cons: The software shipped on the drive is a bit much ! It seems to delete previous Windows Restore Points!

I reformatted the drive. We use it as a basic backup drive.

Other Thoughts: None

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  • N/A
  • 11/5/2015 8:47:07 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUSB Controller Failure

Pros: Any pros are negated by the impending failures. I know of none which have not failed within 3 years, most fail much sooner.

Cons: As has been said of this HD already with which I concur:
"There is a little secret you should know. The internal format is secret. The USB controller in this drive fakes the OS into thinking it is an NTFS drive with 4K sectors. Traditionally drives under the 2.2TB limit use 512 byte sectors. XP can read drives larger than 2TB if they are formatted as 4K sectors. The Controller in this device presents the OS as such.

If you have a failure of the cheap controller chip, you might think you can crack the case open and put the drive on a sata dock or put it internal to a desktop PC and recover the files. But you will be wrong. Windows will see the drive as an unformatted partition and two unallocated partition. You can't read them because they have a secret format that only the controller chip knows.

With a standard gpt or mbr formatted drive, you would have some hope of maybe using a disk data recovery program to get some of the data off the drive by putting it into a desktop or hooking it to a USB to Sata converter or a docking station.

So if you loose the cheapo USB controller chip, or it screws up translation, say due to a power glitch, you loose your data. Or you pay the mfgr to recover it. You can't read it with anything but another Toshiba controller."

Other Thoughts: Do not purchase at any price unless you wish to lose your data at some point. It is apparently impossible to obtain a new USB controller from Toshiba in or out of a case so that your data is lost for good as it cannot be write by any other.

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  • joeham
  • 4/2/2015 5:35:52 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works but there's a secret

Pros: Works as external drive with XP thru Win 8

Cons: There is a little secret you should know. The internal format is secret. The USB controller in this drive fakes the OS into thinking it is an NTFS drive with 4K sectors. Traditionally drives under the 2.2TB limit use 512 byte sectors. XP can read drives larger than 2TB if they are formatted as 4K sectors. The Controller in this device presents the OS as such.

If you have a failure of the cheap controller chip, you might think you can crack the case open and put the drive on a sata dock or put it internal to a desktop PC and recover the files. But you will be wrong. Windows will see the drive as an unformatted partition and two unallocated partition. You can't read them because they have a secret format that only the controller chip knows.

With a standard gpt or mbr formatted drive, you would have some hope of maybe using a disk data recovery program to get some of the data off the drive by putting it into a desktop or hooking it to a USB to Sata converter or a docking station.

So if you loose the cheapo USB controller chip, or it screws up translation, say due to a power glitch, you loose your data. Or you pay the mfgr to recover it. You can't read it with anything but another Toshiba controller.

I confirmed this by removing the internal drive in preparation to upgrade the drive. I put the drive into a Mediasonic multidrive box I use for archives and found it would not read it as a gpt (or even MBR) drive. Useless.

I believe a lot of reviews saying they have problems reading the disk or have lost data, are due to the translation of disk format by the USB controller, not actually a failed disk drive.

Other Thoughts: I would suggest for external drives over 2.2TB, avoiding the Toshiba, Seagate and other mfgr external drives if they advertise XP compatibility. Most certainly there is some translation going on in the controller. Instead buy a device that says it doesn't support drives over 2.2TB unless you use GPT. This means not compatible with stock XP. A good example of a device like this would be the Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1. This device uses GPT formatting and supports devices up to 6TB. Also I have Mediasonic probox usb3 4 disk housings that support up to 4TB. I can confirm that these work great with Win7 and 8.1 and you can remove the drives and put them into your desktop or swap them between units and the data is readable via the USB interfaces.

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  • JonW
  • 3/27/2015 11:26:26 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine with one slight issue.

Pros: Price was great, Drive has been reliable and serves up good speed for streaming video.

Cons: Required purchase of an add on card for USB 3.

Other Thoughts: I bought this initially as a long term storage device not considering speed. I later decided to push the drive to see how well it could work with all the right parts, so I bought a USB-3 adapter card, as my Motherboard is of pre USB3 design. The drive does work with USB-2 but is a bit sluggish when connected there.

Since putting all the parts together (USB-3 adapter/USB-3 drive), this USB-3 drive has become my primary storage and server drive for all of iTunes purchases and other video that I stream to Apple TV in my home.

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  • Small-Biz-Owner
  • 1/20/2015 3:54:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy This Drive. Worse than Terrible.

Pros: None

Cons: My Toshiba drive started clicking and died after putting data on it. Now I can't get anything off it. The drive was only a few months old, but despite being new it died without warning. What's the point of backing things up if the backup does not work? What a waste of time and money!

The storage device was given to me as a gift, but Toshiba refused to honor its 3 year warranty because I could not give them the receipt due to the fact that I never had one. Fortunately I am backed up to the cloud.

The oldest review I could find on Toshiba's website was January 2013, meaning the entire line of Canvio 3TB drives are at most 2 years old. I explained that in any universe my drive would still fall under the three year warranty because this drive's very existence is under three years old. Toshiba insisted that without a receipt they would not provide warranty for the product. So beware: first, don't buy this drive, but if you are foolish enough to do so, hold on to your receipt, then be prepared to lose all of your data. At best they will simply send you a new drive that will certainly give you no confidence if you already lost your data once....assuming that you have any data left to lose after your first drive crashes.

Toshiba Corporation is attempting to survive in the hard drive storage marketplace against strong competitors. My advice: buy any of those other drives instead.

When checked today, even the Toshiba website shows this drive gets 1.5 stars out of 5 by consumers. Even they know the drive stinks. No wonder they do not want to replace it under warranty.

I explained to Toshiba that if they do not honor their warranty, my only remedy as a consumer versus a big corporation is to post this warning everywhere I see their drive for sale. Even that didn't seem to make a difference--my complaint fell on deaf ears with three different claims reps. Systemic problem.

Buyer beware!

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  • N/A
  • 11/13/2014 7:16:58 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsGood for nothing

Pros: Very well designed box.

Cons: Just buy it - it is not working at all. Just making some noise. Never able to connect to. Tried no two computers. Will never buy Toshiba drives again.

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  • Viva Con Vio
  • 10/25/2014 10:07:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPower Users Stay Away

Pros: It's probably great for dumping selfies onto every few months then putting back in a drawer.

Cons: The ultra-agressive power management on this drive makes it almost useless for any sort of ongoing storage project or large archival use. The controller will simply power off the drive in the middle of a long copy operation. The drive then immediately wakes back up and repopulates itself to the OS (autorun prompt etc), and the copy op must be restarted. This requires one to break up large multi-hundred-GB ops into small chunks and baby-sit the drive to make sure they copy through successfully. The drive is useless as a working drive for large downloads for the same reason. That the manufacturers claim this to be useful as an always-on cloud storage device is shown to be a bald marketeering fabrication.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this if you expect it to behave like hard drives behave.

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  • Kralac
  • 8/8/2014 10:07:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Failure

Pros: I tested the drive on my desktop and my laptop.
Desktop Read and Write were about 165MB/s
Laptop Read 142MB/s and Write 125MB/s
I was fairly happy with those numbers over usb 3.0

Cons: Drive failed after 1 week of use. I lost a couple hours worth of video footage due to this loss.

Drive had 28 GB of data on it when it failed.

Other Thoughts: I read plenty of reviews about this thing but had got a great deal on it so I decided to give it a try. I would not recommend anyone else bother with this product due to its track record. You would think Toshiba would get these issues worked out.

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  • kc8adu
  • 7/16/2014 7:49:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsfailed early and rma process impossibly difficult

Pros: its capable of storing(losing)3tb.
it ran just long enough to get the stuff copied off and zerofilling before it died for good.
smart gave enough warning to move the data.

Cons: died in less than 1 year.
got as a gift and of course no reciept.
cant process rma without one.3rd world drones on the support simply regurgitate the same old line.
a convenient warrenty dodge!
no more toshiba stuff for me!
i will go to the other 2 brands i have used for drives from now on.never had this nonsense on an obviously in warrenty drive from them!

Other Thoughts: avoid.
much better service after the sale elsewhere.

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