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 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.

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.