Product Comparison: Toshiba Canvio Basics vs Toshiba Canvio Premium

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General Specifications
Canvio Basics
Canvio Premium
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.
The Canvio Premium offers superiority in form and function. Its smooth, high quality aluminium design with diamond-cut edges makes it stand out from the crowd, while highly-specified features make it easier than ever to store your files.
Key Specs
Storage Drive Type
1000 GB
1000 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • 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 Premium 1TB 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  • Pretty perky, it's likely a 5400RPM drive in there and I was getting sustained rates in the 95MB/s range as I copied over my 2TB of data via USB3.1 to my desktop PC. No complaints yet.
  • Pretty good. But just wish the disk spinning was smoother. Though performance is OK.
  • This drive is fast, quiet and built solid as a rock.
  • I really like the 1TB capacity. And I really like that it's powered by its USB cable.
  • I'm using this hard drive for my channel 4K decoder. Recognized right away, it works wonderfully and did not pose any problems.
Size & Weight
0.59 in.
0.53 in.
4.6 in.
4.29 in.
3.1 in.
3.07 in.
6.3 oz.
5.64 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • 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 Premium 1TB 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  • So small, but I can store both my laptop's info in one small unit, for ease of transportation. I love it!
  • Nice look. Good premium quality. And perfect size.
  • This is very cool. I like it because it so portable.
  • Excellent bought a couple of these and they are fast, good size and ideal for backing up work files.
  • I really like its compact size, which I can take with me on any trip.
OS Compatibility
Windows 10/8/7
USB 3.0
USB 3.0
Backup Function
Data Protection
Password protection
Password protection, Toshiba Backup
Easy plug-and-play operation, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, High Capacity in a Compact Design
Auto backup, Aluminium finish, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, High transfer speeds
What customers say about "Features"
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • 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 Premium 1TB 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  • Good price. 3.0 USB and USB-C connection! The HD performance is excellent and does not require AC current.
  • Nice hard drive so far, I haven't gotten any issues.
  • Very easy to format for Windows and/or Mac OS 10.0 and earlier version.
  • This product is supposed to be easy to set up w/a MAC OS and it’s the most difficult setup I have seen in a backup hard drive.
  • Windows 10 does not recognize this portable hard drive. Item was returned.
Additional Accessories
USB 3.0 micro-B cable
USB 3.0 cable, USB Type-C adapter, Soft pouch
Number Of Drives
Toshiba Backup, Toshiba Password Protection
Power Supply
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
3 year(s)
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