Product Comparison: Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB (HDTB310EK3AA) vs Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB (HDTC810XL3A1)

General Specifications
Canvio Basics 1TB (HDTB310EK3AA)
Canvio Connect II 1TB (HDTC810XL3A1)
About the Product
Quickly transfer files with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and store up to 2 TB of data on Canvio Basics external hard drives. These devices are ready to use with Microsoft Windows and require no software installation, so it couldn’t be easier to start storing all of your favourite files. Whether at your desk, or on the go, its timeless design means it’ll always look good.
Toshiba's Canvio Connect II takes portable storage to the next level. With local & cloud backup and PC & Mac compatibility, the Toshiba Canvio Connect II is your all-in-one portable storage solution. Available in capacities up to 1TB, this amazingly full featured powerhouse will keep all your digital treasures safe and in one place - so you can store and back up to and from your desktop or laptop computers. Unlike other solutions, the Canvio Connect II makes it simple to back up not just files and folders, but your whole system-or customize your backups to your exact needs.
Key Specs
Storage Drive Type
1000 GB
1000 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB (HDTB310EK3AA) Portable External Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 - Black
  • Very quiet operation and a super slim profile make this ideal as a portable drive or for use as external storage for your game console, or even a backup drive.
  • Excellent. Simple plug and play operation. Does exactly what I need it to do. Build quality is good. Strong construction. Tidy design.
  • Good portable Toshiba hard drive and works well with my Toshiba Satellite laptop. Very fast copying.
  • A great and simple product. Smaller than I expected,which makes it more portable.
  • I wanted something portable. The Toshiba was the perfect solution.
Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB (HDTC810XL3A1) Portable Hard Drive, Blue
  • This HDD has more than enough capacity to serve it's intended function as a NAS device. And so far it has been functioning correctly as of today.
  • Love this thing so far. The 1TB capacity is more than enough to backup all my files.
  • With its capacity of 1T, there is just about no limits. I have even unplugged it from one computer and immediately plugged it into another computer and it works seamlessly.
  • This drive is very slow and grinds while crawling. I am using this on my MacBook pro and have reformatted the drive twice with no advantage. It's still slow.
  • Unfortunately I was sent a faulty drive. After filling it about 25% of capacity, it will become completely inaccessible and slow down or nearly lock up my computer.
Size & Weight
0.59 in.
0.55 in.
4.6 in.
4.3 in.
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
6.3 oz.
5.3 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB (HDTB310EK3AA) Portable External Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 - Black
  • Very, very useful. Am able to take the pressure off my laptop at last, in a very compact, mobile hard drive.
  • A fine small portable hard drive. I unpacked it, plugged it into my laptop and it worked straight away.
  • A nice slim, compact and portable drive. Highly recommended.
  • Much smaller than the old hard drives so more portable and seems to work well.
  • Small, compact, lightweight and very easy to use.
Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB (HDTC810XL3A1) Portable Hard Drive, Blue
  • This external hard drive has exceeded my expectations in many ways. From the small size, high data speeds via USB 3.0, quiet operation, low operating temperature, and very small footprint.
  • This size and simplicity make it very portable, and unobtrusive even on a small desk.
  • It is the perfect size to fit into a backpack pocket, where mine stays most of the time.
  • The hard drive is a lovely compact size, almost palm-sized, and it sits in its case (purchased separately) on my desk awaiting more downloads as I expand my collection of designs.
  • It's super light weight and portable, it fits in my purse comfortably along with my wallet, phone, keys, and miscellaneous items.
OS Compatibility
Windows 10/8/7
Windows 10/8.1/7, Mac OS v10.12 / OS X v10.11 / v10.10
USB 2.0 / USB 3.0
USB 3.0
Backup Function
Data Protection
Password protection
Password protection with hardware encryption, Ramp Loading technology
Easy plug-and-play operation
Transfer Rate: Up to 5 Gb/s, Plug and Play, SuperSpeed USB
What customers say about "Features"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB (HDTB310EK3AA) Portable External Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 - Black
  • From opening box, took a few minutes to install and begin copying and all photos and music files (about 150gb) were copied to the Toshiba unit in less than 2 hours.
  • This product is perfect, it's a decent price, good quality, easy to set up and use and exactly what I needed - it's very fast (USB3) and handy for backups
  • When connected to a PC it works as fast as any other USB 3.0 HDD I have.
  • I still have a long way to go to fill it with my photos, documents and graphic plus illustration files. Very pleased. Just plug in and Go!
  • Quiet in operation, quick to copy when using USB 3.0 and so far, no problems.
Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB (HDTC810XL3A1) Portable Hard Drive, Blue
  • I also like the fact that it does not heat up when you are transferring data between the Hard Drive and your laptop or computer. Having USB 3.0 helps as data transfer is faster.
  • Most importantly it worked perfectly with no fuss with my laptop both from using USB power to providing fast USB 3.0 data rates.
  • The USB 3.0 performance is as expected, and the drive is very quiet.
  • After about 6 months the disks would just stop being writable, forcing us to re-format.
  • After year the purchase, it looks like I may not be able to even re-format it because I think it's dead.
Additional Accessories
USB 3.0 micro-B cable
NTFS driver for Mac, Quick start guide, USB 3.0 cable
Number Of Drives
NTI Backup Now EZ
Power Supply
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
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