$69 Will Get You A Portable 1TB USB 3.0 HDD From Officeworks

The gap is closing between flash drives and portable hard drives, but for now, the latter still wins most of the time when it comes to price and capacity — especially if you can find a good deal on one. Take Officeworks, which is currently selling Toshiba USB 3.0 1TB drives for $69, while the 2TB versions are $119.

Depending on your storage needs, you can probably do with a single drive, but just in case you need (a lot) more, Officeworks has a limit of ten per customer. Like all slim USB drives, there's no need for an external power cable and it weighs less than 200g, so it shouldn't be hard to carry around.

As OzBargain user "unity1" notes, the 2TB drive is also on sale for $119, if you need more space. And as long as you live in a metro area, you should be able to get the drive shipped free.

One thing to note is that Officeworks seems to have stuffed up the description:

It performs at a write speed of up to 13 Mb/s and a read speed of up to 21 Mb/s.

Ignoring that these numbers a listed in megabits (Mb) rather than bytes (MB), those are terrible speeds for a USB 3.0 hard drive and barring a defect, should perform significantly better.

Toshiba 1TB Canvio USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive [Officeworks, via OzBargain]


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    Ignoring that these numbers a listed in megabits (Mb) rather than bytes (MB), those are terrible speeds for a USB 3.0 hard drive and barring a defect, should perform significantly betterWould the 5400 rpm drive speed have something to do with those low figures?

      I bought one of these over a year ago and they are woefully slow. They are an old drive so this is probably a run out on stock. Though they do seem to have low power requirements my old core2 laptop happily powers it.

    These carry a 1 year warranty, and it's why I stepped up to the thinner and better looking Seagate portable drives, with theirs carrying 3 years warranty. BUT they were $30 more.

    Last edited 06/06/15 5:52 pm

    I've had a few of these fail on me after a very short time.
    There's a reason why they're so cheap.

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