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TOSHIBA 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive HDDR500E03X Frost White & Black

  • USB 2.0
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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Toshiba is a leading total storage provider who combines execution agility with the resources of a global technology corporation. We offer the industry's most comprehensive range of storage technologies, from hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) to NAND flash memories. Toshiba is the world's only storage supplier that owns design, development, manufacturing, sales, and other infrastructure functions spanning the enterprise, mobile, and retail environments for both HDD and SSD products.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Alonzo P.
  • 8/18/2009 4:31:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb

Pros: Excellent, plug in and play. No hassle, no faults. Smooth, sleek, sexy Black and White case. Very light.

Cons: The one inch USB connection

Other Thoughts: People who say this is cheap feeling, and looking, and sucks because they drop it and its not working, this clearly isn't meant to be drop. It doesn't have a cheap feeling.

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  • Matt A.
  • 8/14/2009 12:18:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat an awesome little drive

Pros: Ok - so no long term use advice here but first impressions really impressed. Very quiet and extremely compact drive. No power supply ROCKS. If your on the road this unit really gives you freedom.
Unit runs cool, quiet, and perfect.

Cons: As with any HD - speed is always slower for large transfers - but for what it is it is a GREAT deal!!!

Other Thoughts: Some sort of carry sleeve would not go astray - I know the HD market it very competitive but just a thought.
You wont regret this drive if your on the road.

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  • Ray R.
  • 8/6/2009 8:48:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Small HD

Pros: 500GB with it's small size is great. Seems rather durable and able to withstand some abuse. Plus even if you have it on for hours it doesn't heat up

Cons: it's formated in FAT32. so make sure you reformat in NTFS if you want to do file permissions

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  • Robert B.
  • 7/30/2009 10:38:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works as intended, does not need external power and is 2.5".

Cons: It has white on it.

Other Thoughts: There is not much to say because it is a hard drive and it does it's job.

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  • Peggy W.
  • 7/27/2009 6:22:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Portable Device

Pros: I use this drive to store movies that I want to carry around and watch on whatever device I'm near, whether that's my desktop, my laptop or a netbook. It has done exceptionally well at that task, and it's small size makes it very portable. You cound almost carry it in your pocket. At 500 GB, I've been able to put about 90 movies on it, and I've been able to swap movies with my Seagate 1.5 TB drive when needed.

Cons: The cord is short, but I can plug it into the front of my desktop without any problems, so that isn't an issue for me. If you have to use the back of your desktop, it can be a problem.

Other Thoughts: Only wish Toshiba sold a 1TB or 1.5 TB drive. The price at NewEgg is a real steal, since I bought this same device at Best Buy for about $40 more when I bought as an emergency replacement for the Seagate drive that died after one use.

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  • Gregory G.
  • 7/23/2009 12:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: It does everything it's supposed to do. Nice, big drive and it doesn't need an extra cable for power.

Cons: The rubber feet don't stick very well.

Other Thoughts: USB is slow and not really designed for the kind of data transfers you'd want to do with a 500gb drive, but that's not the drive's fault. And as usual, Newegg's service was great.

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  • Yuriy T.
  • 6/23/2009 4:47:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointed.

Coming Soon!

Pros: Lets Make this simple- the only real pro was the neat glowing power light and thats just about it. On paper everything is good, the specs - 500gb, the price is much lower then most other drives, and the 3 year warranty is nice to have- cause you'll need it.

Design- Frosted Wave pattern is about the only nice feature here.

Cons: Case- Cheap Plastic case covering. As you will see in the video review it creaks with just a little bit of pressure. Not sturdy at all. I feel like if i were to drop it it would crack in half and or come apart. Thus, not a real good protection barrier for the actual drive. When buying this drive I had predicted from the Newegg item pictures that the case coating might be glossy, but for me its too much gloss leaving those hated smudges and prints. Also to my keen eye I believe this drive is a bit thicker then the seagate drive.

Nonetheless biggest issue for the 1 egg is that the drive came in defective. Its as simple as this, I take a usb cable, plug it in the pc + drive and, nothing. Drive is not detected. Drive makes whirly/clicking sounds every 3 seconds. This was with my own usb cable, tried it with the original 12inch cable the one with the ferrite, and same thing. I believe its simply a doa.

Wrapping- I hate it, took me forever to open since it has two layers of plastic.

Other Thoughts: I buy a lot of items from newegg, from pc components and laptops, to cables and cameras, yet I usually never leave a review simply because I can't find the time to do so. However with this product not only did I actually find the time to put out a review, I also felt obliged to do a video review because this toshiba external drive is really deceiving.

To those that say dont leave a 1 egg review for the product just because it came in defective I understand your reasoning, but I left only 1 egg not only because it was defective and is now wasting my time shipping it back, it also has a flimsy and cheap plastic enclosure. I would rather have a sturdy enclosure any day over a sleek little graphic design on the front.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2009 10:03:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPositive Impression So Far

Pros: Surprisingly, this drive came formatted and ready to use. I got free shipping, which was very fast - ordered it on a Friday (after 8pm) and it arrived the next Tuesday around noon.

Original price was $109. NewEgg price was $99. My price was $89 - after further discount of $10. Pretty good price for a drive of this size - especially with free shipping.

I installed the included backup software - Shadow (version 3.7.1.37), but haven't performed a backup yet. I did run the software and the interface seems pretty simple.

Cons: USB cable is WAY too short - just 12'' long! Almost unusable.

Other Thoughts: Formatted capacity is 465gb.
When will drive manufacturer's label capacities in a more user friendly way?

Packaging is ridiculous!
If you have access to the jaws of life, you may want to use them. The packaging for this product is extremely difficult to open. You'll be lucky if you can open the plastic clam shell without marring the drive's case.

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  • Dagan N.
  • 5/14/2009 6:56:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood Small HD

Pros: The HD is small is size and quiet and doesn't need a power cord as it's powered off the USB Bus. Good value for the money.

Cons: I wish it was even smaller, but most external HD's of this capacity are around the same size.

Other Thoughts: I don't mind the short cord since I only use it with my 8.9" laptop that only I use when I go out (at home I use my desktop with 3 large monitors) and thus I want the HD next to it anyway.

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  • Ricky C.
  • 4/22/2009 1:17:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSmall but has large capacity

Pros: Portable. Needs no power brick. Runs cool. Fat32 can be used with my USB capable DVD player for videos, music and pix. Small size makes it easy to stash in pocket, briefcase, or purse.
Nice storage capacity.

Cons: Short cord. Slow compared to internal drives (which is to be expected). Fragile, plastic feeling. Afraid to drop it more than 6 inches (actually, that applies to just about every drive with spinning platters and a stylus). Could use more storage capacity (I know what I said in the Pros...).

Other Thoughts: For those unsure why Windows doesn't see the full 500 gigabytes of this hard drive:

Software manufacturers use a binary numbering system (base-2, 0,1) while the hard drive manufacturers use a decimal numbering system (base-10, 0-9). The binary numbering system uses 1,024 Mb as a gigabyte while the decimal numbering system uses 1,000 Mb as a gigabyte.

So, the hard drive storage capacity must be converted, prepared, or formated into one or more partitions of clusters and sectors of bytes to be used by the OS for data storage. Therein lies the difference in the capacity amounts as noted by other reviewers. Google: 'binary vs decimal capacity' for more detailed information.

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