Carry one terrabyte of data with you.
Just like you always want a faster CPU in your computer, you always want more storage as well. File sizes and number of files keep increasing and what was sufficient a couple of years back is barely enough now. This is true not just for fixed storage such as the hard drives inside your PC but also for portable storage and Toshiba does good by releasing a 1TB version of their STOR.E ART 3 portable USB 2.0 hard drive.
Some of the earlier higher-capacity portable drives were a two-in-one solution, however, the STOR.E ART 3 has a single 2.5” 1TB hard drive inside its casing. So although it’s 6.4cm height might not sound as sexy as some of the lower capacity drives, it’s also not as thick as the earlier high capacity dual drive solutions either. With a glossy front and back along with a rubberized edge that is good for a grip hopefully enough to survice a drop, the STOR.E ART 3 is pretty average in terms of looks. An LED on the top of the unit flickers when the drive is accessed.
Included in the package is a USB cable which is all that’s needed to power up and access the drive. The drive is pre-formatted NTFS-3g so Windows users will have no problems reading or writing to it, however, you might need to reformat it if you want to use a Mac or use an application like MacFuse that can write to NTFS partitions under OS X. Toshiba preloads the Windows version for NTI BackupNow EZ application that allows you to backup folders/files as well as create images. You can also schedule the backup process to automatically create a backup of your PC.
We tested the drive using HD Tach and as expected the USB 2.0 bus limited the throughput of the STOR.E ART 3 between 30 to 35MB/s which is with almost all USB 2.0 drives that we’ve tested to date. The following screenshot shows you the numbers.
Priced at AED 680 (US$ 185/-), the Toshiba STOR.E ART 3 goes for what you’d expect to pay for a 1TB portable drive at the moment. I do wish that it offered a USB 3.0 interface for faster access, as accessing 1TB of data over a USB 2.0 interface can a while.