Toshiba Unveils Pocket-Sized 1TB Backup Drives

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company's new Windows 7-based Canvio portable hard drives are aimed primarily at consumers but could also be something SMBs and midrange businesses might find useful, since they are inexpensive, easily transportable and capacious.

Toshiba caught up with data storage competitors Western Digital and Iomega on March 29 when it introduced a new line of pocket-size storage devices ranging in capacity from 500GB to 1TB.

The company's new Windows 7-based Canvio portable hard drives are aimed primarily at consumers but could also be something SMBs and midrange businesses might find useful, since they are inexpensive, easily transportable and capacious.

The Canvios weigh only about 6 ounces, are a bit smaller in width and length than a 4-by-6 postcard, and come in five colors and four storage capacities.

Pricing also is a noteworthy attribute. Toshiba is marketing them at $120 for the 500GB version, $140 for 640GB, $160 for 750GB and $200 for the 1TB Canvio Plus.

The Canvio comes bundled with NTI BackupNow EZ for Windows 7, which has been upgraded with better search capabilities and simpler step-by-step restore functionality to retrieve lost files, Toshiba said.

The drive has a "set-it-and-forget-it" operation, Toshiba said, which can automatically back up a computer while in use.

The Canvio also provides an option for complete system backup, enabling users to restore select files or the entire computer, even if Windows is unable to start, Toshiba said.

The new drives are available now. For more information, go here.



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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