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Monday, July 15, 2013

Toshiba Stor.E Basics 2 TB review: straightforward portable bulk storage

No frills in features or looks is hardly surprising for a product dubbed Basics. Like Tesco Value – or more aptly Sainsbury's cheap-food line – Toshiba's Stor.E Basics is an unashamedly simple product that's been trimmed to keep down price. And looking like good value too at just £100 for 2000 GB. 

Current competition includes the WD My Passport for around £120 and Buffalo Ministation at £150. Visit: The 7 best tablets with expandable memory.

The Toshiba Stor.E Basics is also available in 320, 500, 750, 1000, and 1500 GB capacities.

Not that you need much from a portable hard disk other than a durable box to keep lots of data. Toshiba doesn't even bother with the usual backup or encryption software that every drive maker tends to bundle, and almost no-one bothers using.

The case is matt black plastic, and quite tough feeling. On one end is a micro-USB 3.0 port – and that's about it.

We tested the Stor.E first with Black Magic Speed Test, where it could sustain write speeds of around 61 MB/s and read speeds of 95 MB/s.

QuickBench showed both sequential read and writes could peak at around 110 MB/s. Small file random reads and writes, averaged from files 4 kB to 1024 kB, were well down at just 15 and 4.5 MB/s respectively.

Those snail-like random read/write speeds won't be an issue for most people's need for an external drive though, to offload and backup music and video files.

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