Toshiba touts slim USB 3.0 external hard drive

There’s nothing trendier—or faster—than an external SSD or USB 3.0 thumb drive for lugging data around. Mechanical drives are still the kings of capacity per dollar, though, and they don’t have to be all that much bulkier than their flash-based brethren. Case in point: Toshiba’s freshly unveiled 2.5" Cavio Slim portable external drive, which packs 500GB of capacity wrapped in a slick, 9-mm-thick brushed aluminum shell.

The drive has a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, 8MB cache, and 12-ms response time, so it’s no speed demon. Nevertheless, Toshiba has outfitted the Cavio Slim with a USB 3.0 interface, enabling peak transfer rates as high as 5Gbps. You’re not likely to get anywhere near that, of course, but it beats sluggish USB 2.0 speeds. Toshiba ships the drive with backup software (NTI Backup Now EZ) and offers three years of warranty coverage.

This puppy is definitely a looker. The 4.21" x 2.95" x 0.35" (107 x 75 x 9 mm) dimensions are nice and compact, and the drive weighs only 150 g (a little over five ounces). Naturally, you’ll want to avoid sudden bumps and shocks—there are fragile mechanical components in there, not flash chips on a circuit board. Considering the $115 price tag and resulting per-gigabyte cost of 23 cents, however, I’m sure some folks will be happy to compromise. (Thanks to eWeek for the tip.)

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    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    Since the increased bandwidth from USB 3.0 is going to be meaningless, if they’re going to use that interface it would be nice if they took advantage of the extra power available to run a faster HD. But then I guess they’d suck more battery out of laptops that might be using this. At least USB 3.0 offers some modest power savings when it isn’t in use.

    • Bauxite
    • 7 years ago

    I put trayless bays in most of my computers, and use hard drives like giant usb sticks 🙂

    There is a 3.5″ to 2.5″ trayless bay that is also the same form factor as a 3.5″ drive, so it can be used as an adapter for small drives or in a 3.5″ bay. (anyone confused yet?)

    If you want to go full blown Inception, I have a msata to 2.5″ adapter, which can go inside a 3.5″ adapter which finally goes in a 5.25″ trayless bay.

    The intel and samsung SSD cases are nice and sturdy, you can pocket carry them. (someone needs to make plastic sata port covers like there is for hdmi/dvi/etc) As for the 3.5″ mechanical…um yeah, not a good idea to take on the go.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      re: drive connector covers. You should contact [url=http://www.moddiy.com/categories/Protective-Jack-Covers/?sort=bestselling<]these guys[/url<] and see if they can find (or source) such a thing.

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    The metric measurement first with the imperal in brackets. This pleases Duck.

      • A_Pickle
      • 7 years ago

      Except for the measurements… which, I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing metric first with imperial in parenthesis. As an American, I can’t wait to see imperial die.

        • mutarasector
        • 7 years ago

        Nah! Imperial FOREVER baby!

          • Grigory
          • 7 years ago

          But why?

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            Do you really want one of those puny North American pints?

        • Wirko
        • 7 years ago

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        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        Obligatory “My arbitrary system of measurement is better than your arbitrary system of measurement” comment.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Incredible! How [u<][i<]do[/i<][/u<] they fit those bog-standard 7mm-thick drives into a 9mm thick aluminium case?! It must have taken a Toshiba designer [s<]seconds[/s<] weeks to work that out...

      • mutarasector
      • 7 years ago

      Aluminum foil baby!

    • henfactor
    • 7 years ago

    -e^(ipi)

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Clever

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