Users are always damanding more and more storage space, not only inside their computers, but also as portable external hard disk drives. Nowadays, 2 TB portable external drives are becoming popular, and we will test the Toshiba 2 TB Canvio Connect, comparing it to the Seagate 2 TB Backup Plus Slim and the Western Digital 2 TB My Passport Ultra that we’ve already reviewed. They are all compact drives and make use of the USB 3.0 interface. Which one is the fastest? Let’s see!
Portable external hard drives make use of 2.5” hard disk drives internally, which is the same kind of hard drives used in portable computers. The power for those drives come from the USB port itself. Non-portable external hard disk drives make use of 3.5” drives and need an external power supply.
The following table shows the main characteristics of the devices we are testing. Prices were researched at Newegg.com in the day this article was published.
|Manufacturer||Model||Model #||Nominal Capacity||Price|
|Toshiba||Canvio Connect||HDTC720XS3C1||2 TB||USD 92|
|Seagate||Backup Plus Slim||STDR2000102||2 TB||USD 100|
|Western Digital||My Passport Ultra||WDBMWV0020BBK||2 TB||USD 90|
Now let’s take a closer look at the Toshiba Canvio Connect 2 TB.