18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good drive at good price and still working
This is a review for the Toshiba E05A064PAU2EW_C Store Art3 2.5" White 640GB as opposed to all the other sizes that seem to be bundled into the same review.
The item worked straight out of the box. The supplied Mini-USB cable connected straight up to my PC, and the drive was recognised immediately. No issues when swapping between my Works Lenovo and home Toshiba...
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Banquos Ghost
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
This is a useless piece of tech, thats if you're fond of breathing while watching movies on your lap!! This thing has a very very poor USB connector & consequently disconnects ever time you move this device by even the slightest little bit. Very frustrating!! I sent mine back which was another story once I had all my data on it. Save yourself some hassle & just buy...
Published 2 months ago by mr c p kenny
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good drive at good price and still working,
This review is from: Toshiba E05A064PAU2EW_C Store Art3 2.5" White 640GB (Electronics)This is a review for the Toshiba E05A064PAU2EW_C Store Art3 2.5" White 640GB as opposed to all the other sizes that seem to be bundled into the same review.
The item worked straight out of the box. The supplied Mini-USB cable connected straight up to my PC, and the drive was recognised immediately. No issues when swapping between my Works Lenovo and home Toshiba Satellite.
It's smaller and thinner than the Freecom one I have at work, and I prefer the mini USB to the hard wired connector in the Freecom drive. Easily slips into a pocket and is very portable. Disappointing it didn't come with even the most basic of protective cases, but I knew that before I got it.
The white case is easy to keep clean, although it does seem to attract dust, possibly due to static.
A white LED flashes when the drive is active, and stays on when it's not doing anything, so you know it's still connected.
It feels solid and robust, and there is a rubber buffer around the perimeter that should give some protection.
I haven't had it long enough to comment on reliability (which is the big drawback in these reviews perhaps) but I'm very happy with how it's worked out so far.
Like all drives, make sure you use 'safely remove hardware' before disconnecting from the USB
Edit: January 2012 - still working fine with no issues. I use it mainly for backing up files off my Laptop, on a weekly basis, and storage of photos.
Edit: December 2012 - still working fine with no issues. Still almost as good as new. A few minor scratches on the surface, but it's never had any kind of protective cover. I have increased rating to 5* because it has been pretty much perfect.
102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Toshiba quality,
From factory they are pre-formatted to NTFS. Two year warranty also for added peace of mind.
The only criticism is that it should be supplied with a case to minimise the top/bottom covers getting scratched etc.
I've been using Toshiba drives for quite sometime now and never had one fail. Much more reliable than Seagate/Western Digital in my experience.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you think...,
I wanted a 1TB drive and was about to order a WD passport (I am a big WD drive fan) and was wary of this Tosh - only because I was happy with WD.
As I went to order there seemed to be quite a price premium for a WD, more than I was comfortable with, so I ordered one of these.
It's fab... Fast, quiet, up and running immediately. What more do you want - apart from maybe another one!
So did I, so I bought another PDQ - AND £20 cheaper than the first!
Now got two, and that's twice as good.
If you are at the stage of thinking about it - just buy it. It really is "Better than you think..."
78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Reliable,
We regularly use portable hard drives for on-site work, connect them and thrash them constantly for hours on end. We've been through dozens of different makes and models before we found these Toshiba drives. They are great - extremely fast compared to other 2.5" drives with USB interfaces, and so far we haven't had a bad one. We currently have about thirty of these drives, and all work absolutely fine - as long as Toshiba keep manufacturing them, these are the only portable drives we will buy.
Sure, I know portable hard drives aren't the most sexy product on the market, but if you need reliable portable storage, these are the drives to get.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!,
This review is from: Toshiba E05A050PAU2ER_C Store Art3 2.5Inch Red 500GB (Electronics)I always do lots of homework when purchasing any item, read reviews, check reliability, etc. My last Hard Drive stopped working almost as soon as it started. I never bothered to look into it. I thought 'well, it's all one there, all my photos and music should a disaster ever strike so it doesn't matter if its not updating any more.' How wrong was I! When my pc broke down, it was as good as useless. It had all the info on, but no way of extracting it. This little model is superb. Set to back up everything daily at 7pm and so easy to use, just plug and go. So much better than my last purchase (which was a Maxstor - and not cheap either!!) This one is cheaper, better and seems reliable. Took absolutely ages to transfer all the info first time. I started it at 3pm and it was only 3/4 of the way through by 9am the next day, but it took its time and did it excellently! No complaints whatsoever. Its smaller than I thought it would be. Its neat and matches my decor! I love it. Would recommend to anyone who knows very little about pcs but just wants something to plug in and get on with it. Five stars from me.
65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing storage device,
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drive with sensible capacity and pricing,
The Stor.E drives are plastic encased 2.5 inch units with a pattern of some sort printed on the top surface, the pattern varying with the different capacities on offer. They are also available in several colours so that it may be possible to roughly match one with your laptops. At present, 1TB is the highest capacity available, although the pricing differences between the sizes is rather slight, which makes this unit at the price currently offered excellent value. The plastic case has a rubberised band about 1/2 inch wide around its edge which should provide some impact protection should it be dropped small distances onto a carpeted floor, not that dropping hard drives is recommended.
The drive is USB 2.0 although many laptops now offer USB 3.0 which allows about 4-5 times the transfer speed in practice although it is in theory more than 10 times faster. The drive is self-powered, as is now common, and the lead is fairly short - about 40cm or about 14 inches, which is also normal. If you need it to be longer, you can either replace the lead with a longer one or add a short USB extension cable.
In use, the drive is normally silent and reading and writing speeds are fairly fast, which indicates that the drive may operate at 7200 rpm rather than the more usual 5400. Sensibly, Toshiba supplies the drives pre-formatted with NTFS rather than FAT32 which allows files larger than about 2GB to be stored. However NTFS may present some issues for Mac users, although there are utilities available to resolve the issue. They can also reformat the drive should they wish.
Toshiba hard drives were at one time a standard fitting in almost all laptops as few manufacturers offered 2.5 inch (or smaller units), but many other manufacturers now offer them. They are usually reliable although no hard drive will last forever, and any one unit can, in theory, fail at any time. I had one, now regarded as of limited usability as its capacity is so low by today's norms, which remained in continuous use until very recently when it failed after about 12 years.
The drive is supplied with a small software suite which, should you want or need to use it, provides data encryption of the drive's contents. Should you use the drive to store confidential data whether it be Credit Card and Bank details, for example, or business data or medical records that may cause problems for others should the drive be lost or stolen, that data would not then be readable without knowing the protective password that was used. Personally, this make better sense than the often poor backup solutions sometimes offered that may allow you to backup documents, photos and purchased music but little more.
Overall, a sensible combination of features, size and pricing. Recommended.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd bought this earlier,
It took several hours to do a complete backup last night for the first time, but I'm expecting that future delta backups will go a lot quicker. You can make two kinds of backups - one is a complete copy of the c: drive, and the other is whatever folders you choose to backup. The complete c: drive can be used to completely restore the whole system. I wish I had bought this drive before - it would have saved me a whole weekend re-installing windows and all my applications.
I've bought the hard case (iGadgitz Black Eva Hard Case) so I can safely carry the StorE around with me - it fits well, and is definitely worth getting.
It's early days, but I'm really impressed with this drive.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toshiba E05A100PBU2EK_C 1TB 2.5 inch External StorE Art HDD,
As far as other matters go, the drive is small, looks good (who cares) and is very portable. The backup software supplied does a good job of providing flexible options on what to back up and when and has a very straightforward graphic user interface. I installed the software on both my main PC and my laptop. So if I lose the files on my main PC, I can download them on my laptop and carry on; I've tried it, it works. The software also lets you create a boot CD and backs up user selected files and the whole system. It works swiftly in the background. The drive seems easily fast enough for backup and loading big RAW pictures, although I haven't tried it with video.
The handbook is small, not very detailed and on the drive itself, as is the hardware, so it is necessary to make a copy on your computer hard drive straight away. I didn't and so ran into a spot of bother. The USB cable is very short, about 6 inches, so I extended it with another and fed it via a hub, having initially run the drive direct from the PC socket. It wouldn't run and I didn't have the handbook. I solved the problem by plugging the drive into my laptop and reading the manual from the disk. I was informed that it needs to be in a powered USB socket, so that was the problem, and once I got it connected direct into the computer again, all was well.
The only real problem I have found is that the drive is not supported on the Toshiba site where I intially went for the handbook, even though it states in the quick start guide that it is, Toshiba tell me it's too new!!!?? So sorry but that has cost it one star (would prefer a half to be fair) for inadequate support and not supplying a printed manual.
However, nice simple piece of kit which works straight out of the box and doesn't need a degree in computer science to operate. I should buy it if I were you, it seems like good value at the moment.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem,
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