Toshiba upgrades Canvio portable hard drives to 1.5TB, adds NTFS driver

Summary:Toshiba's Canvio drives are getting 1.5TB upgrades alongside Mac and PC dual-support.

The last time we heard news about Toshiba's Canvio drives was September 2011, when Toshiba equipped the devices with USB 3.0 and cloud back up software.

Months later, Toshiba is making a few more changes: Both the Canvio 3.0 and Canvio 3.0 Baiscs drives are getting their capacity bumped up to 1.5 terabytes.

Alongside the capacity upgrade, the Canvio 3.0 is also gaining the ability to seamlessly work between Macs and PCs without the need for a reformat. If that's not a big deal to you, then its probably because you've never had the misfortune of attempting to transfer data between the two operating systems. It aint easy.

The 1.5 TB Canvio 3.0, which also features software back up and internal shock sensors, will run for $199. The 1.5TB Canvio Basics 3.0, which offers a more simple (or perhaps basic) set of features, will run for $189.

With just a $10 difference between the two drives, it's clearly the smart option to ditch the Basics drive in favor of its more capable counterpart. But, then again, thats probably the idea.

Both drives will be available in early June.

Topics: Toshiba, Hardware

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Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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