Toshiba Canvio Ready is a mechanical disk from Toshiba's affordable line available in 500GB sizes, growing up to the latest, from 4TB, all in USB 3.0 on USB-A connector.
Impossible not to notice that the size of 4 TB, typical of this test, offers crazy portability just thinking about a few years ago, where 4 TB of data are now considered as a value of a small home or small office NAS, while here they are. comfortably in your pocket.
Toshiba Canvio Ready, the review
The package, ultra protected
Online purchases are now more and more widespread and Toshiba is careful with simple packaging, where however there is an additional inflatable nylon protection inside, useful for accidental falls, not a new factor in home deliveries.
Once the protection is discarded, the actual disk and a USB-A / USB3.0 cable emerge. Toshiba Canvio Ready is just a black plastic surface, with a pattern at the top and the connector at the back. The only color note is a small blue LED placed in a corner that identifies the activity.
The dimensions for the 4TB drive are 119 × 80 × 21.5 mm (weighing 236g), identical for the 2 and 3TB drives, while for the 500GB and 1TB drives the appearance is slimmer with dimensions of 119 × 80 × 15 mm (with weight of 176 g).
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The disk comes in NTFS format, a typical Windows format, which macOS can only use for reading. Once we took the two PDF files inside (the instruction manual and the PDF for the warranty) we proceeded to initialize the disk in a format more suitable for the Mac, opting for HFS +, since the APFS would have been almost useless ( but somewhat limiting on older Macs) on a mechanical drive. If we wanted, we could also have used the ExFAT format, readable by both Mac and Windows, but with lower performance
Once initialized, we immediately tried it as an iMac backup disk, using DejaVu as software to produce an exact copy of our archive, thus being able to use all the files even on the move for a three-day trip.
Disk Utility, here used to convert the disk from NTFS to HFS +, to be able to use it from Mac
Yes, because today connections are faster and faster with ever more capable cloud systems, but to move more than a few GB of data a physical connection is still the best way (especially since we can use it even without a connection).
The access speed to the Toshiba Canvio Ready is good for a mechanical disk via USB 3.0, a technology that has now reached an extreme maturity, with speed that can only be overcome by double equipment in RAID0, but offering greater risk and operational fragility on the move.
Simple, sincere, very spacious and comfortable Toshiba Canvio Ready is basically a means to store many documents of all kinds and to be able to access them on the move from your MacBook or MacBook Pro (for those who only have a USB-C connector there are many adapters, like this one by Inateck that we recently reviewed).
All topped off with a very affordable access price, just 126.79 Euros for the 4 TB unit, a figure that in all honesty cuts through the lower cuts.
To want to find a defect in such a disk requires a bit of effort, and we could talk about a lack of additional services, for which Toshiba itself provides with more advanced models, such as the Toshiba Canvio Premium for Mac that we talked about for a short time. ago and which also offers an additional protection system.
Or a certain aesthetic rigidity, limited to the black color, when in this category even the most colorful graphics are very popular, but it is, in fact, a venal defect and not of substance: those looking for a capable, fast and practical disc will find here a interesting, convenient and very flexible and customizable way for both Mac and Windows PC.
Pro : • High storage capacity (up to 4TB) • Excellent price / performance ratio
Cons : • Lacks a bit of courage in the case graphics
Price : 126.79 Euro
Readers can find Toshiba Canbio Ready units, like other Toshiba models, in the main appliance store chains of the peninsula, or even online directly on Amazon.it in the sizes of 4 TB (subject of this test), 3 TB, 2TB, 1 TB or 500 GB.