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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black

  • USB 3.0 port required for high-speed transfers
  • Available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP,Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kralac's C.
  • 8/8/2014 10:07:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Failure

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: I tested the drive on my desktop and my laptop.
Desktop Read and Write were about 165MB/s
Laptop Read 142MB/s and Write 125MB/s
I was fairly happy with those numbers over usb 3.0

Cons: Drive failed after 1 week of use. I lost a couple hours worth of video footage due to this loss.

Drive had 28 GB of data on it when it failed.

Other Thoughts: I read plenty of reviews about this thing but had got a great deal on it so I decided to give it a try. I would not recommend anyone else bother with this product due to its track record. You would think Toshiba would get these issues worked out.

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  • delmar c.
  • 7/16/2014 7:49:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsfailed early and rma process impossibly difficult

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: its capable of storing(losing)3tb.
it ran just long enough to get the stuff copied off and zerofilling before it died for good.
smart gave enough warning to move the data.

Cons: died in less than 1 year.
got as a gift and of course no reciept.
cant process rma without one.3rd world drones on the support simply regurgitate the same old line.
a convenient warrenty dodge!
no more toshiba stuff for me!
i will go to the other 2 brands i have used for drives from now on.never had this nonsense on an obviously in warrenty drive from them!

Other Thoughts: avoid.
much better service after the sale elsewhere.

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  • robert g.
  • 6/19/2014 2:37:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGreat design for a paperweight!

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: None

Cons: All cons. I would give this 0 eggs, if it were an option.

I bought this device at Best Buy and used it for about three months before it stopped working properly. I never moved it, knocked it over, dropped it etc.

The first problem was that the USB wire connection to the PC went bad. Had to replace that. Then the connection at USB port on the HDD went bad. The device would constantly connect and drop connection to the PC. Then the really bad news, I got the HDD drive needs to be formatted error. Knowing I would likely lose my data if I formatted, I opted not to format.

I called in to Toshiba and they told me that they would send me a coupon to replace the defective part. Great, but what about my data? They told me to take it to Best Buy for data recovery. I took it to Best Buy and they told me it would be $100 to recover the data. Mind you, this is something I could do myself, for free, but if I remove the drive from it's casing, then I void my warranty. I called Toshiba back and they told me that my hands are tied, as they do no data recovery and all they do is trash the drive upon receiving it. They went on to add that the warranty states that Toshiba is not responsible for the loss of data on a faulty device(naturally). Basically, I have to spend $100 extra or lose my data, all for my only fault being that I bought a defective drive.

Thanks Toshiba!

Other Thoughts: The drive had the potential to be a good drive, but was ruined by faulty parts and bad design. Toshiba had the potential to have good customer service, but their apathetic attitude and willingness to only do the bare minimum ruined that.

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  • MARK W.
  • 5/1/2014 11:05:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: None

Cons: This drive is garbage. Newegg should not be selling it. As of this writing it has 88 reviews on Toshiba's website with an average of one star out of five. Why would anyone continue to sell a completely defective product? Worked for 3 months now RMA through Toshiba for a coupon to buy another defective drive. Great!

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  • Alexandra P.
  • 3/26/2014 1:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswarning warranty issue canada

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: good performances on usb 3.0, buyed in april 2013 at newegg.ca.
great look,silent

Cons: drive failed in december 2013, when starting the computer a morning the drive started to ''tik tik tik'' and become not recognised by the computer (like something stuck inside)
tried to get warranty support ont toshiba canada website, not working because product is recognised to be sold to U.S. only so i go to U.S. support website that says to go to canadian website to get support, finally y call toshiba canada, i explain my problem they give me another phone number to contact, i wait another 30 min holding on the phone to get a receptionist that is getting informations for call back
(i will repeat the last procedure 4 times in 3 months and i still wait for a callback for thoses 4 times)

Other Thoughts: its a good drive but, if you are in canada and have trouble with the device, you will not have any warranty support from toshiba.

i will edit my review if finally one day i became able to return the drive to toshiba to have a replacement or a repair

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  • TIMOTHY G.
  • 3/14/2014 8:31:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsI have 2 of these, no problems, but minor design complaints

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: Using both 2 TB and a 3 TB versions, no problems at all after ~ 1 year.

Works with no installations needed for Vista or 7.

Goes to sleep if not in use (could be a pro or a con!)

Reliablity so far: 5 stars
Features/design: 3 stars
Overall: about 4 stars

Cons: Goes to sleep unless you use a program such as "No Sleep HD" (free) to keep it awake. Not an issue for me as I use it only for manual backups. (no stars deducted, as sleep saves power and might be considered a positive by some).

Odd USB connector is not my favorite for durability, so I leave it plugged into the drive all the time. (no deduction)

No on/off switch. I simply "remove" using Windows "safely remove" before flipping off the power strip the drive is plugged into. (-0.25 stars)

Not quite as fast as advertised, but that's not unusual with claimed USB 2 and 3 speeds.

No obvious way to open the outer case opten without some damage. This is dumb. (-0.5 stars)

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  • Stanislav P.
  • 1/31/2014 6:13:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for NAS or as Backup storage

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: Aside from specs that you can find here, on newegg, an active spin-down is worth mentioning. If you don't read/write to this harddrive in a while, it will spin its disk down. Which is perfect for using it as a NAS system or as a Backup drive. The drive also has a separate power supply, which allows you to use it with raspberry pi without extra hardware.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have two of these connected to a raspberry pi, running samba. Great, really power efficient NAS.

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  • Dennis J.
  • 12/11/2013 10:30:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: Very reliable drive, store all my movies in digital form on it. I plan on purchasing another just like it soon.

Cons: None about the drive, don't have a USB 3.0 port to take advantage of full transfer speed.

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  • Midya R.
  • 11/28/2013 1:01:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgreat while it lasted

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: worked amazing while i had it. great price point, but of course, as with most tech products, you get what you pay for, as you will see below.

Cons: my hard drive is now defective, i had a lot of important stuff on this drive and i did not thing that this thing would randomly stop working only after 1 year of use. this hard drive is a little loud sometimes, but nothing crazy. but yeah, this thing is very unreliable, would not recommend toshiba again. their customer service is also terrible, always busy. took me 2 weeks to get this thing RMA'd. will never buy toshiba products again!

Other Thoughts: it comes with 2 wires, one for your computer (speedy usb3) and one for the power, so just keep that in mind.

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  • Richard R.
  • 9/18/2013 5:18:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as it should

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black -Retail

Pros: This drive was a gift so for me it was free.
It runs quiet, stores lots of data, works continuously w/o complaint or problem.
I have a WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0 and and Seagate 2 TB USB 3.0 and this Toshiba drive works just as well.
USB 3.0 cables are just like any other USB 3.0 drive cable and connections.
No better, no worse than WD or Seagate drives or cables.
Fast USB 3.0 speeds.
If you screw the cables up somehow you just need be more careful.
I've had no problems with cable / connection issues.

Cons: None yet
This drive along with the WD My Book and Seagate USB 3.0 3TB drives are not worth anywhere near $170.00.

Other Thoughts: Had this drive for 3 months w/o any issues at all.This has been a good trouble free drive.
If anything I'ed say this drive access time is approximately the same speeds as my Seagate and WD 3.0 external drives, typically between 100 to 260 MB/second.

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