Toshiba HDTB105EK3AA 500GB Stor.E Basics USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive


  • Features 6.3 cm (2.5-inch) external hard drive.
  • Super-speed USB 3.0 port.
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0.
  • USB powered.
  • Silent operation.

The Good

  • Great price for the storage capacity.
  • USB 3.0 transfer speed is very fast.

The Bad

  • None.


Customer Comments

Well, in terms of speed, its very good, being USB3 compliant, but the fact it goes to sleep in just 2 minutes of non-use is not good enough by any means for a USB HDD.
And there is no setting to prevent this, so if you, like me, nip away for a few seconds, come back, its asleep. Again, if like me, you leave your system to do things over night that take a while, you come to find it didn't save because it was asleep!
Really poor from what i expect to be a very good company in Toshiba!

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I purchased this item because my previous external hard drive died a death after five years of service and I needed a new one to store films on and then plug into the xbox 360 so I could watch them through the television.

I formatted this hard drive to Fat 32 and put a film on it before plugging into the xbox. The xbox refused to recognise the hard drive as an external media device, but it did give me the option to format it via the xbox which would have meant I could use it as a device for saving and downloading games (up to 16 gig capacity).

So essentially I can't use this for the reason I bought it. However, I plugged it into my Samsung blueray player and it was instantly recognised as a media device. So I added all my films and I've been watching them all day today via the blueray player.

Because I can use this hard drive on my blueray player, I can say I'm pleased with my purchase. If you are thinking about buying this to use it as an external media device on your xbox, then don't.

The hard drive is pretty small and virtually silent when running. It took me four hours to transfer 260 gig of content to it last night. The hard drive is very light too, so it would be a good purchase if you need to transport your files around.