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5.0 out of 5 stars Works with a Mac too, 11 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Toshiba 1TB USB 3.5" External Desktop Hard Drive (Personal Computers)
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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Initial post: 24 Feb 2009 18:01:36 GMT
BookMan says:
Hi Jim

How is this hard drive doing after nearly 2 weeks? Does it get very hot since it does not have a fan? Thanks for a great review anyway. H

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 22:40:58 GMT
Coolspit says:
Thank you for this great review ! When you say "a 2 pin plug", does it mean an Europe continental plug ?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2009 08:39:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2009 08:46:22 GMT
@Coolspit - Thanks! Yes, they are round pins.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2009 08:45:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2009 08:46:49 GMT
@Bollywood Music Lover - Hi, sorry for the slow reply, only just saw your comment. Works well. USB2 not quite as fast as Firewire 400 on my Mac Mini, so some slight stuttering when doing playback while recording video (the TV tuner is also on USB2, but I don't know if that affects the external drive's USB2 throughput). Not at all hot.

Posted on 4 Mar 2009 12:20:34 GMT
Mick says:
Jim!

Just a quick question, sorry to bother you. Is this hard drive the type that turns on automatically when you turn your computer on, or do you have turn it on manually each time? Cheers!

Posted on 20 Apr 2009 08:22:50 BDT
Hia Jim,
Hope you are well and thanks for the review.
I bought the drive but unlike you my MAC does not recognise it and my Windows PC sees it but it states it is not formatted..
Any ideas..

Cheers
Paul

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2009 11:37:18 BDT
JB says:
Paul

Can you see it in Disk Utility?

Posted on 23 Apr 2009 12:00:15 BDT
I bought one of these for my MacBook and whenever I tried to format it as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) I'd kept getting a format error. I found a post in a forum that said to format the drive with the GUID (under options) to create two partitions. Once this is done you can reformat with 1 partition.

Hope this helps anyone

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/backstage/comments/mac-os-leopard-cant-format-a-usb-hard-disk-seriously
Post 13

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2009 13:19:50 BDT
i just came here to post the same thing....the drive looks AMAZING next to my iMac and is a perfect match stylewise!

but i had the same problem formatting it so i made two partitions (the second being a FAT) and then erased the second one, and then extended the 1st to take the whole disk and voila! the disk is now all Mac OS extended and journaled. i hope this helps all those who had trouble.

Posted on 30 Jun 2009 18:16:38 BDT
D. Morgan says:
If you run into a format error when trying to format the drive to Mac OS X (HFS+) you can avoid any format errors in 10.5 Leopard by going to the *Partition* menu in disk utility; selecting one or more partitions (as you require) and clicking the options button then changing to the top radio button for GUID rather than Master Boot Record this will allow you to rapidly format the disk.

Check this: http://www.rustyrazorblade.com/2008/02/26/file-system-formatter-failed/
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