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Review: Toshiba 320GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

With hard drive sizes going up and costs going down, having individual backup storage is now a cost-effective solution to keep end users data safe. Jack Wallen reviews the Toshiba 320GB Portable External Hard Drive.

On the go business and enterprise computing isn't complete without a simple backup solution. With hard drive sizes going up and costs going down, having individual backup storage is now a cost-effective solution to keep end users data safe. Toshiba makes a line of easy to use external drives that include a simple-to-use backup solution that will ensure all of your data is backed up safely and quickly.

Specifications

  • Size: 320GB
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Speed: 480Mb/s
  • System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3.9 (required to use included software)
  • Dimensions/Weight: 3.2x5.0x3.2, 7oz
  • Warranty: Limited three years
  • Price: $120
  • Additional information

Who's it for?

The Toshiba 320 Portable drive is targeted at home users but the device is a perfect solution for any on the go business user concerned with data loss. The included software makes automating backup procedures simple and hassle free.

What problem does it solve?

The Toshiba 320 solves two problems: Automated backup and on-the-fly backup. The included software allows the user to configure precisely the files/directories you want to backup as well as the frequency of the backup.

Standout features

  • Lightning fast move/copy/backup of files
  • Recognized by most operating systems (including Linux)
  • Silent operation
  • User friendly backup software

What's wrong?

Considering the purpose of this device, the only downside is its non-infinite capacity. Outside of that, it would be nice if the backup software would allow for a one-time backup along with the scheduled backup options.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for one of the easiest backup solutions for mobile users, the Toshiba 320 is one to consider. With one of the easiest solutions for automated backups, smallest size (for its capacity), and sleek design, your users will find backing up data is no longer a chore. Data will be preserved and work will go on.

User rating

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About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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