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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on February 25, 2010
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  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Format
  • Interface
  • Rotation Speed 5400 rpm
  • Cache NC
  • Write Speed NC
Toshiba is better known for its LCD TVs and laptops, but the manufacturer has dipped its toe in the water of mass storage with the HDDRxxxE03E range of 2.5'' external hard drives, available in three different sizes.  We tested the 500 GB version. 

For its first external hard drive, Toshiba has chosen a plastic case.  It looks good, but is pretty thick and won't slide easily into your pocket.

Very different speeds for reading and writing data

Speeds over USB (MB/s)

There's only one connection.  We found very different results in both directions: for writing data, we found an average of 23.8 MB/s.  The Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini 250 GB is 4 MB/s faster on the same tests.  For reading, things are little better, with an average speed of 32.5 MB/s.  That makes it above average compared to the other devices in this survey.
No backup software
The current trend is for hard drive manufacturers to include backup software, but Toshiba hasn't bothered. Other manufacturers include useful tools that allow you to encrypt your data or automatically sync your files between computers.


  • External design
  • Good read speeds
  • Capacity: 500 GB


  • Write speeds below average
  • No software included
  • Only USB 2.0 connection
  • Acces time: 17.8 ms


Toshiba's HDDR500E03E external hard drive looks good and its read speeds are higher than average. It's not all good news, though: the manufacturer doesn't include any software, and the write speeds are below average.
3 Toshiba HDDR500E03E DigitalVersus 2010-02-25 00:00:00
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