Toshiba Canvio portable drive now offers 1.5TB, adds NTFS support to Macs

Toshiba announces the new versions of its portable drive, the Canvio 3.0 and the Canvio Basics 3.0, which now offer up to 1.5TB of storage space, with the former offering software that enables Macs to support the NTFS file system.

The new Canvio 3.0 portable drive from Toshiba.
The new Canvio 3.0 portable drive from Toshiba. Toshiba

Toshiba announced today that its Canvio 3.0 and Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives now offer up to 1.5TB of storage space, the second largest capacity on the market for portable external hard drives.

These two drives both support USB 3.0 (and are compatible with USB 2.0). The Canvio 3.0 also comes in a very sleek-looking chassis and now includes software drivers to make Macs support the NTFS file system.

NTFS is the native file system of Windows in which the Canvio drives are preformatted and generally can only be read by Macs. The software will make Macs be able to also write to them. This approach is similar to the way Seagate handles the compatibility in itsGoFlex family of external hard drives that were first introduced two years ago.

The increase in capacity and added compatibility is the next step for the Canvio 3.0, which just had support for USB 3.0 and cloud backup last September.

The Canvio Basics 3.0, on the other hand, is a simple portable drive that doesn't come with any software or support for Mac.

The two new drives are set to be available for purchase by June, with the 1.5TB Canvio 3.0 costing $200 and the 1.5TB Canvio Basics 3.0 costing $180. They also come in other capacities, down to 500GB, that cost less accordingly.

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