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The 1TB Toshiba PH3100U-1EXB ($159.99) and the 2TB Toshiba PH3200U-1EXB ($229.99) .

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doesn't get hot - increases the drive's longevity

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runs quiet - great for use in a HTPC environment

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multiple connectivity options - USB 2.0 and eSATA

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only includes the USB cable - eSATA cable must be purchased separately

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has sleep issues - might require additional configuration from within Windows

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runs at 5400 RPM with 8 MB of cache - competing products run faster

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comes formatted in FAT32 - 4GB file size limit

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comes bundled with poor quality software from the manufacturer

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Toshiba's Desktop External Hard Drive comes in two flavours: the 1TB Toshiba PH3100U-1EXB ($159.99) and the 2TB Toshiba PH3200U-1EXB ($229.99). These mid-range external hard drives are eSATA and USB 2.0 compatible 5400 RPM (Rotations Per Minute) drives offering transfer rates of up to 480 Mb/s through USB 2.0 and 3.0Gb/s through their eSATA ports. However, these hard drives both come bundled with only a USB 2.0 cable, leaving out the eSATA cable and the faster data transfer option unless you are willing to buy an eSATA cable or own one already. Each unit has its own on/off switch for power down when not in use. The PH3100U-1EXB and PH3200U-1EXB are both compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 as well as Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

These Toshiba external hard drives' 5400 RPM provides them with moderate access times as compared to faster 7200 RPM and slower 4200 RPM drives on the market. Their USB 2.0 ports allow for slower transfer speeds than their eSATA option but eSATA connectivity will not be available on all computers, primarily laptops. As such, Toshiba's 1EXB external hard drives allow you to take your data anywhere and share it regardless of computer model or operating system type. The 1EXBs' built-in power switch saves power by allowing you to turn them off when they are not in use. These Toshiba external hard drives have taken criticism by some for their higher than average price for 1 and 2 TB as well as their lack of included eSATA cable.

  • Speed: 5400 RPM
  • Dual Connectivity: USB and eSATA
  • Interface Transfer Rate: up to 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0), up to 3.0 Gb/s4 (eSATA)
  • Internal dampening system for shock protection
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 as well as Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • Built-in on/off switch
  • Three-Year Limited Warranty
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