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Toshiba 1TB USB 3.5" External Desktop Hard Drive

by Toshiba

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  • 1TB USB external desktop hard drive
  • Aluminium case can be orientated vertically or horizontally
  • Hi-speed operation
  • Fanless design
  • No CD required - all instructions pre-loaded onto drive
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandToshiba
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions11.7 x 3.5 x 20.7 cm
Item model numberPX1396U-3T01
Hard Drive Size1026 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB001BG4QS4
Best Sellers Rank 47,208 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available21 Jun 2008
  
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Add extra storage with Toshiba. In a stylish design, Toshiba USB 2.0 External Hard Drives are the perfect storage solution for your digital videos, photos and music files. The 3.5" USB hard drives may be used in a horizontal, or vertical orientation on your desktop. These high speed hard drives, ranging from 160GB to 1TB, provide excellent performance, and with their fanless design, are near-silent in operation. Connecting via USB, they are a great way to backup your files for future recovery, or as a storage solution for large media files such as HD video.

Box Contains

  • Toshiba Hard drive
  • AC Adapter
  • USB cable
  • Warranty statement

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    Customer Reviews

    4.2 out of 5 stars

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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MatRoskin on 3 April 2009
    Pros:
    1/ does NOT overheat. I mean when I use it for 1-2 hours, it gets only lukewarm at most. It does NOT have a fan so all cooling is via convection/heat irradiation. I admit I haven't tried it in 24h/7d operation.
    2/ quiet. I only hear the hiss when I start it or remove it "safely" from Windows and the disk accelerates/spins down for a sec or two. Normal operation is very quiet.
    3/ the LED is small and does not panic-flicker unlike other Fijitsu disk I have
    4/ no problems with drivers, Windows XP and Vista recognise it straight away
    5/ power switch on the back is very good idea - it won't get pressed accidentally
    Cons:
    1/ the case is metal but stand plate is plastic - beware if you put the drive on the side and press accidentally, the plate can snap.
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    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JH on 28 Mar 2009
    Just a quick set of first impressions. The drive arrived this morning. I have a Macbook Pro and a PC running XP. I had read some of the reviews here about formatting issues, so was expecting a day of watching progress bars and tweaking partitions to get it to play ball. Nothing of the sort. Took it out of the box, plugged it into my Mac, worked a charm. Copied a few files across, no problem. NO NEED TO REFORMAT. Literally plug and play. Then plugged it into my PC. Again NO REFORMATTING, plug and play, copied across the files from my Mac then loaded on some from the PC.Transfer speeds are pretty respectable. It looks great. Yes it does have a bright blue LED on the front -- that could get irritating in a dark room, but it's a pretty easy fix (e.g. cover the LED). Oh, and it's remarkably quiet -- no fan noise, and very quiet spin, read, and seek sounds. So all in all, I'm one happy bunny! This is a great bit of kit: for my purposes this works and looks like the perfect 1TB drive. N.B. If something disastrous happens in the near future, I'll update this review. But I doubt it; it feels like it's very well made.
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    48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Humbugcat on 11 Mar 2009
    I would have given this 5 stars except for Toshiba's appalling. User documentation. When I received the first drive from Amazon I searched for the User CD that was mentioned in several places in the Quick Start Drive. This was described as containing the PDF User Guide. It was not in the packaging. Being reluctant to plug anything in to my computer without reading a user guide I searched toshiba.co.uk for a relevant PDF file but could see nothing. When I emailed Amazon they also advised me to search this website, so having failed already, I requested a replacement hard drive. Amazon sent this without any fuss at all. This also arrived without a CD. Was about to give up on the drive and buy something else when I read an Amazon reviewer's description of having searched Toshiba Europe site for instructions for using with a Mac. When I also searched this site, with much difficulty in locating the correct menu, I was eventually able to find the PDF I needed. On the first page of the PDF is stated the instruction
    "The User's Guide is uploaded on the drive itself. We recommend to backup the User's Guide onto a CD or your local drive, directly after the drive being installed."
    Now why on earth was that statement not included in the Quick Start Guide? That would have saved both me and Amazon a great deal of fuss.
    I particularly wanted to read the User's Guide before plugging in, because I expected to need to initially reformat the drive in order to use with my Vista NTFS file system. However the User Guide specifically says not to reformat the drive. I experimented in copying a folder to the drive - this was only about 170 MB and it took about 30 mins to copy. Not exactly acceptable. So I did a Quick Format after all to NTFS and copied the folder again, which took about 2 mins.
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    158 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Feb 2009
    Glad I chose this over the Maxtor 1 TB Basics Desktop USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for the same price because the brushed aluminium case looks great next to my Mac. This case is quite compact and feels solid.

    The Amazon product description, Toshiba Europe web site and user manual do not mention Mac compatibility, and even say Windows is required, yet it works fine for me on a Mac Mini. The drive came formatted as FAT32 (PC and Mac) and was recognised by my Mac straight away, then I partitioned and reformatted as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) using Disk Utility.

    There is no fan, so it is very quiet and the little power brick outputs a single 12V 2A supply, so hopefully there is less to go wrong than the 5/12V brick (Iomega/Lacie part ACU057A-0512) that just failed on my other 1 TB external drive. I like the proper toggle on/off switch on the back, to be used after unmounting the disk or shutting down the computer. There is also a USB-B socket and a standard coaxial power connector socket on the back. As well as the short USB cable, it came with both a UK 3 pin mains plug and a 2 pin plug. The box says it was made in Slovakia and uses a SATA drive.

    The single LED is red at startup then a very bright blue when running and it flickers to indicate disk activity.
    It is currently saying it will take 4 hours to transfer my 350GB EyeTV recorded program archive from a firewire external drive to this new Toshiba over USB2.

    I've only had it a few hours but so far would highly recommend this drive.
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