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Toshiba Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive Review


Toshiba Canvio Desk is the latest series of external hard drive Toshiba for desktop users. There are three choices of capacity Toshiba Canvio Desk, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. Supporting USB 3.0, Toshiba Canvio Desk offered fast data transfer, but if your computer is still using USB 2.0 you do not need to worry because this external hard disk drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

A few days ago I bought a Canvio Desk 2TB Hard Drive for $ 115 in the local computer store. Keep in mind that this is a Desktop External Hard Drive which this external hard disk drive is not meant to be portable because of it is rather large and it takes power from AC Adapter.

Drive type 3.5-inch-based external USB hard drive
Dimensions 5.1 x 1.6 x 6.6 inches
Available capacities 1TB 2TB 3TB
Connector options USB 2.0 USB 3.0
OSes supported Windows (XP/Vista/7) Mac OS 10.4.6 or higher
Apps included NTI Backup Now EZ
Warranty Three years

canvio desk box


Canvio Desk design is quite simple, just a thick black plastic box with a small blue LED indicator. On the external hard disk there are lots of cooling vents because the casing is made of plastic – A material that can’t transfer heat well. It is different from my other external hard disk drive which has no ventilation at all because the casing is made of aluminum.


The shape of Toshiba Canvio Desk is actually a box and it makes Toshiba Canvio Desk can be positioned vertically or horizontally, I prefer the horizontal, and if you buy another external hard disk drive, you just need to put the new external hard disk on it. Non-slip rubber pads on the bottom and sides reduce the vibration caused when the hard disk working. This external hard disk comes with just 2 ports, micro-USB 3.0 port and one power port.

toshiba canvio desk usb and power ports


USB 3.0 feature makes data transfer between computer and this external hdd quite fast, and it’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Canvio Desk is preformatted with NTFS, so we only need to plug in the power adapter and USB cable and the Canvio Desk is ready to use. And it comes with its own preloaded backup application. You don’t need to purchase third-party applications and data-backup process becomes easier.

preloaded applications

Power adapter from Canvio Desk is shaped somewhat larger than those from the power adapter from my other external hard disk drive, but I guess it does not matter, because this external hard disk drive is not designed to carry, just put it on the table. Canvio Desk power adapter is equipped with a “U.S. adapter”, “UK Adapter”, “AU Adapter”, and “EU Adapter” to match the shape of the power outlets in various countries.

Canvio desk ac adapter

ac adapter


Until now I had no complaints at all with this external hard disk drive. All went well, no vibration felt when the hard disk drive working and no interfering noise when using this hard disk drive. This external HDD is remained cool when used for transfer lots of data. The data transfer rate is tested by CNET, When used with USB 3.0 Canvio Desk external hard disk drive has a score of 89 MBps for writing and 104 MBps for reading, and when using a USB 2.0 score is 26 MBps, 33 MBps for writing and reading. Not bad.

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