Toshiba 5TB STOR.E Canvio Desktop HDD

March 19, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | Comment |

Toshiba today launched its highest-capacity external hard drive, the 5TB STOR.E Canvio Desktop External HDD. The device's built-in USB 3.0 interface and compatibility with previous generations of USB 2.0 devices significantly improves large file transfer performance and minimises waiting time for backup, the company says. Additionally, the STOR.E Canvio will enable users to better manage their data with a Drive Space Alert. The add-on feature will keep an eye on your drive and let you know when it’s getting full.

Toshiba Press Release


Toshiba’s latest 4TB and 5TB external HDDs are easy to set up and ideal for expanding storage needs

19 March 2014, Neuss – Toshiba Europe GmbH (TEG), Storage Peripheral Division, is today announcing the launch of its highest capacity external HDD, the 5TB STOR.E Canvio Desktop External Hard Drive[1]. The 4TB and 5TB models will complete Toshiba’s extensive hard disk drive (HDD) range, offering the highest capacities with the best levels of performance. The HDD’s built-in USB 3.0 interface and compatibility with previous generations of USB 2.0 devices, significantly improves large file transfer performance[2] and minimises waiting time for backup. 

With our increasingly digital lifestyles, more and more people are relying on their electronic devices to store and save important files – from banking passwords, confidential emails to photographs and movies. However, a recent survey revealed that 2,000 laptops are stolen or lost every day and 32% of data loss is caused by human error[3] showing just how important it is to have precious data backed up.

The STOR.E Canvio Desktop External Hard Drive is preloaded with software to streamline the backup process making it as fast and simple for the user as possible. The included NTI® Backup Now EZ™[4] software scans your system and recommends the best coverage for your computer. Users have the choice of backing up files and folders to their STOR.E Canvio Desktop Hard Drive or backing up everything saved on your computer, or choosing both options for the most comprehensive coverage. And, by utilising the password-protection capability, users have an added level of protection to keep their precious data secure and prevent unauthorised access.

The STOR.E Canvio will enable users to better manage their data with a Drive Space Alert. The add-on feature will keep an eye on your drive and let you know when it’s getting full and when it’s time for data spring clean. The drive also offers users the option to customise their backup routines, from what type of files they want to back up; to how often they want to back them up.

If even the worst happens, users can click the restore button and instantly recover a file or folder. What’s more, if you boot directly from your STOR.E Canvio Desktop Hard Drive, it will restore all the files saved on your computer. Toshiba has now even included the ability to burn a boot CD/DVD, making the process even simpler.

“In 2014 we’ll continue to see thousands of consumers increasing their data footprint. However, the very nature of the online world is unpredictable and usually very risky business, which is why consumers can no longer just rely on popular social networks and electronic devices to store their sensitive data,“ said Arnaud Bonvarlet, General Manager Europe, Storage Peripheral Division, Toshiba Europe GmbH. “Here at Toshiba, we have been developing reliable and efficient storage devices for back-up, which help consumers overcome the risks associated with data loss and hacking; giving users total peace of mind over their information.” 

The STOR.E Canvio External HDD has been perfectly designed to adapt to any desktop. With its fan-less design, the HDD will make drive operation whisper quiet while efficiently keeping the drive cool. Additionally, supporting both horizontal and vertical orientation it is the perfect accessory to fit any space; whether it’s in a home or an office.

Expand your Digital Storage

High capacity storage in a compact  desktop design

Versatile: fits your space
Versatile orientation that fits your space in your home or office
Preloaded easy-to-use backup software
Secure backup with password
Schedule automatic backup
File, folder and full system backup and recovery
USB plug and play
USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compatible
2-year limited warranty included4
Safeguard your valuable data
Easy to set up
Peace of Mind


Capacity: 4TB, 5TB
Interfaces: USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
Interface Transfer Rate2:

Up to 5 Gb/s (USB 3.0)3
Up to 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0)

Size (mm): 129(L) X 42(W) X167(H)
Color: Black/Black
Weight: 1,040g Max


Toshiba STOR.E Canvio Desktop Hard Drive
USB 3.0 Cable
AC Power Adapter
Quick Start Guide
NTI® Backup Now EZ™ (preloaded on drive)
2-year limited warranty

System Requirements4

Formatted NTFS for Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Requires reformatting for Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard® , Snow Leopard®, Lion, Mountain Lion
Available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
USB 3.0 port required for high speed transfers

2. Transfer rate may vary depending on user’s system configuration and capabilities.

3. 5 Gbps is the maximum interface transfer rate per the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 3.0. Actual transfer rate will vary depending on your system configuration and other factors. 

4. Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system

Toshiba Storage Peripheral Division

Toshiba Europe GmbH Storage Peripherals Division, in Neuss, Germany, markets external HDD and SSD storage solutions aimed at consumers and retailers in Europe. Its current product range is STOR.E, and spans from external HDDs to SSD and storage upgrade kits.

For over 20 years Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives used by every major brand of notebook computer.  For more information on how we use this same technology in our external hard drives

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About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. 

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

Toshiba Europe GmbH, headquartered in Neuss, Germany, is a fully owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo.

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