Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive: Desktop

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The Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive for Desktop usage (HDWC240XK3J1) features high storage capacity with convenience. Its dual orientation designs demands the least space and it requires less time for full-system backups and disaster recovery.

There are several different “versions” of Toshiba Canvio external hard drive.

Here’s a comparison of the different versions of Canvio:

Toshiba Canvio Versions Comparison

Comparison of Toshiba Canvio version:  Flex vs Gaming vs Slim vs Advance vs Basic
Compare Toshiba Canvio versions (click the image for full-size)

According to the manufacturers, the excessive testing strategy ensures its reliability that is evident from the three year warranty that it offers. The package contains Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 Cable, AC Power Adapter and Quick Start Guide.

Toshiba Canvio offers at least 4 colors:  Red, black, white and green
Toshiba Canvio color options

Out of the box, the Canvio Desk is formatted in NTFS; all you need to do is plug it in the power outlet and connect it to a Windows computer’s USB port to use it.

The drive, obviously, offers its best performance when connected to a USB 3.0 port.

Mac users aren’t to be left out though, as the drive can easily be reformatted to work with Mac OS.

Toshiba Canvio Advance / Basic
Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive

The Pros

  • 4TB data storage
  • USB plug and play
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 Compatibility
  • Automatic backup (scheduled)
  • Flexible design (suitable for home and work place)
  • System backup and recovery (full support)
  • 3 years warranty

The Cons

  • It’s a little bit noisy!
  • Slow transfer rates

The Canvio Desk comes pre-installed with NTI Backup Now EZ software. It is a simple backup program, which allows users to do incremental backups to a full system restore. Backup options include specific files and folders, or the user can specify the type of files they want to back up by category, like photos. Once configured, users can setup the software to backup files to their desired scheduled, be it daily, weekly or continuous.

The Toshiba Canvio Desktop External Hard Drive is a 4 star drive that protects your valuable data from unauthorized access by featuring secured backup with a password. According to some consumers it may get noisy while accessing data, but it is bearable.

An excellent feature is its warranty for three years which is missing in most of the similar devices, hence making it a superior choice.

Toshiba Canvio Specifications & Technical Details

Toshiba CanvioSpecifications
Hard Drive Type‎4 TB Portable
Series‎Canvio Advance
Item model number‎HDTCA40XG3CA
Hardware Platform‎PC, Mac
Item Weight‎7.7 ounces
Product Dimensions‎4.3 x 3.1 x 0.77 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH‎4.3 x 3.1 x 0.77 inches
Flash Memory Size‎4 MB
Hard Drive Interface‎USB 3.0
Country of Origin‎Philippines
Date First Available‎January 7, 2021

Toshiba Canvio Unboxing & Benchmark

Check out this 3TB Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drive (USB 3.0) Unboxing and Benchmarking video on YouTube:


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