Toshiba expands its portable storage

The new 500GB external HD from Toshiba is portable and ultraquiet.

Joseph Kaminski Senior Associate Technology Editor / Reviews
During my almost twenty years at CNET, I handled benchmark testing/methodologies for both Mac and PC systems and, sometime after, integrated testing for micro-mobility (e-bikes, electric scooters and EUCs), which is a passion of mine. Transitioning from a BMX background to this field was seamless. Despite testing numerous products, each new one brings the same excitement as my first.
Joseph Kaminski

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) announced its latest device in portable storage, a 500GB external hard drive, the Toshiba HDDR500E03X.

Color- and design-wise, it resembles its predecessor with a glossy black finish and frost white contemporary graphics, weighing 6 ounces and measuring 0.65 inch by 3.19 inches by 5 inches. This bus-powered USB 2.0 drive should be great for media storage and/or system backups. Bundled with the drive is the NTI Shadow backup software (preloaded), USB 2.0 cable, and quick install guide.

According to Toshiba, this will appeal to consumers looking for the latest must-haves in personal electronics for their home office or study, or to throw in their backpacks and travel cases, thanks to easy portability. An added bonus for home use is the new 500GB model's ultraquiet operation, with improved acoustics in the hard drive.

Compatibility and system requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
  • Macintosh OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • Available USB 2.0 Port