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Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive VS. WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive

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    Introduction to Portable Hard Drive


    Toshiba 3TB portable drive VS. WD 3TB portable drive 1 Portable hard drives play an indispensible part in our life and work since they have large capacity. And, many users store massive files including business data, precious photos, working documents and some personal data on portable drive. Nevertheless, do you know which portable drive is the best? As we know, there are lots of different portable hard drives and various manufactures in the market. And different manufactures (including Seagate, Western Digital, HITACHI and TOSHBIA) provide different portable drives. Here, we will introduce the two most popular 3TB products: Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive and WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive.

    The Comparison of Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive and WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive

    When it comes to talking about portable hard drive, most users may firstly think of Toshiba and WD portable drive. However, which one is the best since they have different features?

    Toshiba 3TB portable drive VS. WD 3TB portable drive 2 Toshiba has announced new branded storage product offerings at CES 2015, including Canvio Connect II Portable Hard Drives which make it easy to backup and share users’ digital content wherever they are; and the 3TB Canvio Basics, which is Toshiba’s simple storage solution as well as the first to market at this capacity. Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive has an attractive casing with gloss finish, and it’s average seek time is 12 ms (milliseconds). Besides, this portable drive provides a simple and intuitive user interface.

    Toshiba 3TB portable drive VS. WD 3TB portable drive 3 Western Digital (WD) has released My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive to help users store their business data, videos, photos, documents, and other important files, and also help users backup their files to the Cloud. And, this portable hard drive can protect data with password protection and hardware encryption. In addition, it provides WD SmartWare automatic backup software which lets users choose when and where to backup their files. Available in classic black, brilliant white, wild berry and noble blue, this kind of portable drive is comprised of a new sleek design. This portable drive is designed for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. And, no separate power supply is needed as WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive is powered directly from the USB port on users’ PC.

    If users want to perfectly understand the difference between these two portable drives, please see the following part.

    1: Store and Backup


    Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive

    Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive allows users to store files in a centralized place next to their PC or Mac. This drive not only can help to store files and folders but also can backup everything saved on users’ computer. Furthermore, this kind of portable drive included NTI Backup Now EZ2 software (a complete solution for protecting users’ entire computer) which can help to scan users’ system and offer customizable backup options for users’ computer. Users can even schedule to run automatically at any time and day to ensure their files are always protected. And backup files are secured with the password-protected data encryption (up to 256-bit) to prevent unauthorized access.

    WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive

    With WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive, users can backup all files via the WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software. This software offers multiple backup options to make it easy to protect users’ data. Besides, with the easy-to-use WD backup software, users can set up a backup schedule to automatically protect their files, and users can backup their files to Dropbox account to provide another level of file protection.

    Furthermore, WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive provides password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption to keep data safe. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2001, has been adopted by the U.S. government and is now used worldwide. AES is the first publicly accessible and open cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information when used in an NSA approved cryptographic module. What’s more, AES hardware encryption will not slow down users’ computer since it’s hardware-based.

    Therefore, if users want to perfectly keep their data safe, they can choose WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive since it does better in data security.

    2: Access and Share

    With Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive, users can easily access and share content from any device via the Internet, and share massive files immediately from their PC and Canvio Connect II. In addition, users can use the free download of pogo plug PC software to easily upload and download content from any device.

    With WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive, users can easily access the data on this drive without driver.

    3: Supported OS

    Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive is pre-formatted with NTFS file system. It supports Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Mac OS X. What’s more, since this portable drive comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, users can store and access files from Mac without reformatting.

    WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable Drive is pre-formatted with NTFS file system for Windows (Windows 7,Windows 8 and Windows Vista). For Mac users, they can reformat this drive to work with Mac OS X.

    4: Design and Build


      Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive
    Capacity 3 TB 3 TB
    Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0
    Transfer rate USB 3.0 up to 5Gb/s
    USB 2.0 up to 512Mb/s
    USB 3.0 up to 5Gb/s
    USB 2.0 up to 480Mb/s
    speed 5400 RPM 5400 RPM
    Dimensions 109.0 x 78.0 x 19.5 mm 109.98 x 81.53 x 21.08 mm
    Weight 0.23kg 0.23kg
    Colors Black, blue, red, white, gold Black, white, berry, blue
    Package weight 0.7 1b 0.8 1b
    UPC 022265902455 718037838199

    5: Warranty and Price

    If users want to buy portable drives from Amazon, they have to pay about $126 to get Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive. And Toshiba offers 2-year warranty.

    By comparison, users have to pay about $137 to get WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive. But WD offers a 3-year limited warranty.

    After seeing the simple comparison between Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive and WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive, users may know which one is the best or suitable for them. However, whichever portable drive users choose, they may encounter some 3TB drive partition issues. To be specific, if the portable drive is initialized to MBR, Windows can only see 2TB hard drive and the rest of the disk space cannot be used.

    Manage 3TB Portable Drive Partitions

    I have 3TB portable hard drive for storing data, but I can only use 2TB space and I can do nothing in the rest of the disk space.” Some people might have encountered this problem. What happened? Why users cannot use the rest free space? As a matter of fact, it is due to the type of initialization performed on the portable drive. Users’ hard drive is initialized to MBR.

    MBR VS GPT

    As we know, MBR disk works with disk up to 2TB in size and supports 4 primary partitions at most. GPT disk not only can support hard disk over 2TB but also allows users to create up to 128 partitions in Windows. Therefore, the MBR-based partitioning scheme is in the process of being superseded by the GUID Partition Table scheme.

    MBR, Master Boot Record, stores partition table entries using 32-bit sector addresses and 32-bit sector counts. And, sector, the smallest storage unit that can be found on a hard drive, has been composed of 512 bytes. Therefore, the organization of the partition table in the MBR limits the addressable storage of a disk to 2TB. (2^32×512=2199023255552bytes=2147483648KB=2097152MB=2048GB=2TB).

    GPT, GUID Partition Table, a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, provides more options than the traditional MBR partitioning method that is common in PCs. It allocates 64-bit for logical block addresses, therefore allowing a maximum disk size of 2^64 sectors.

    Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

    At this time, if users want to fully make use of the 3TB portable drive space, they have to break down the 2TB (2^32 ×512bytes) limit in the MBR at first. However, how to break it down? In general, users can convert their MBR portable hard disk to GPT to break down the limitation. And, diskpart command, Windows built-in disk management and third-party partition magic can help to convert MBR disk to GPT. Note: If users turn to diskpart or disk management tool to complete this conversion, they must backup anything that they do not want to lose on that portable drive to a separate physical disk first since converting the drive requires that all partitions and volumes are deleted on the drive. Here, users can use a piece of professional partition magic software to complete this conversion. For instance, users can try using MiniTool Partition Wizard (it enjoys more than 16,000,000 downloads from CNET) to convert MBR disk to GPT disk without deleting any partitions or volumes.

    Firstly, users need to download this freeware from its official website, and then install it on computer, and launch it. Secondly users need to select the target portable drive and click “Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk”. Finally, users have to click “Apply” button to execute all changes. (as shown below)

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    Other Useful Partitioning Functions in MiniTool Partition Wizard

    In addition to converting MBR disk to GPT disk, MiniTool Partition Wizard can help to easily and quickly create multiple partitions. Users only need to select the unallocated space and then click “Create” button from the tool bar, and set parameters (partition label, drive letter, file system, cluster size, etc) for new partition, and click “Apply” to perform all changes. What’s more, this free partition magic can help to delete partition, extend partition, move/resize partition, copy partition, format partition, wipe partition, etc.

    3TB Portable Drive Data Recovery


    Toshiba 3TB portable drive VS. WD 3TB portable drive 5 In the information age, more and more users store massive business data, precious photos, significant documents and other important files on Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive or WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive. However, portable hard drive data loss caused by various subjective or objective factors happens more and more frequently in the world. For instance, users accidentally delete some important files or mistakenly format their portable drive. Therefore, how to recover lost data from portable drive has become a topic of concern to everyone.

    In general, users can turn to professional data recovery companies and data recovery software to recover lost data. However, if users turn to professional data recovery companies, they have to bear high costs or the risk of privacy leakage. Therefore, turning to a piece of professional data recovery software equipped with powerful data recovery competence and high security is a wise choice for most common users. Here, users can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery since it has been awarded as the top 10 free data recovery software on TOPTENREVIEWS. Developed by famous software development company based in Canada, this freeware can help to quickly and effectively recover lost data from portable hard drive without bringing any damage to the original data since this tool can keep data safe all the time even in case of sudden power outages.

    How to Recover Lost Data from Portable Drive


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    The above window is the main interface of the professional and easy-to-use data recovery software. It owns five different data recovery modules (Undelete Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery and CD/DVD Recovery) which can help to recover data that have been lost in a variety of ways. At this time, users can choose a suitable one according to actual needs to recover lost data. After that, they will be given detailed operating prompts. Just do as told. MiniTool Power Data Recovery not only can help to recover data from hard disk partition but also can recover data from portable hard drive (Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Drive, WD My Passport Ultra 3 TB Portable Drive and other external hard drives), memory card, memory stick and USB hard drive.

    Note: if Mac users want to recover lost data and files from portable drive, they can try using MiniTool Mac Data Recovery. This software is specially designed to recover data on Mac OS X.