Review: Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Toshiba
Following our recent review of the Toshiba Canvio for Desktop, which proved to be popular with our readers, welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba Canvio Connect II USB 3.0 Hard Drive. The Canvio Connect II is available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 2.5TB and 3TB. It is the 3TB model which is the subject of this review. Intriguingly, Toshiba asserts that the drive can be used as a personal ‘cloud’ server; sounds interesting so let’s have a look...
This is how Toshiba positions the Toshiba Canvio Connect II -
The Toshiba Canvio Connect II Desktop houses a 2.5”, 5,400rpm hard disk and our test sample has a substantial 3TB of capacity. As it is a 5,400 rpm we do not expect the Connect II to be as fast as the Canvio for Desktop, which housed a 7,200 rpm disk. However, the Connect II does not require a separate power source and this together with its small size does make it highly portable.
It feels chunky and has an attractive plastic, high gloss enclosure.
On arrival the drive contains a copy of the User’s Manual and the Setup Launchers for the supplied Backup Software and the Pogoplug ‘Cloud’ software.
Here is a picture of the drive I tested –
The drive has a solid, chunky feel.
The drive remained reasonably quiet and did not get hot throughout our testing.
In this brief review we test the drive’s performance and have a look at the supplied software.
The drive was tested using a Z170 Workstation PC running Windows 10 and was plugged into a USB 3.0 port from the Z170 PCH.
The Workstation was then used to run the HD Tune Pro 5.50 and ATTO benchmarks. I imagine a lot of people will use this sort of drive for backing up photos, so I’ve also added a copy test using the ‘Fastcopy’ utility.
HD Tune Pro - Read Benchmark
Here is the result of the HD Tune Pro Read benchmark which shows the data transfer rate across the whole surface of the disk. The blue line shows the transfer speed (MB/s) across each part of the disk’s IO Range (GB). As would be expected the transfer rate is greater for the outer area of the disk (low Gigabyte Range on the X axis). The small yellow dots show Latency times for the IOs performed by the test.
The test used an IO Size of 256Kb.
You can see that average Read access time was 18.0 milliseconds and the average transfer speed was 96.0 MB/s – these are reasonable results for a portable, external USB attached drive.
Please note that typically the data density at the outer tracks of a hard drive is higher than the inner tracks and reading and writing will therefore occur at a higher speed. A hard drive starts reading and writing at the outer tracks and moves to the inner tracks.
HD Tune Pro - Write Benchmark
Here is the result of the HD Tune Pro Write benchmark which shows the data transfer rate across the whole surface of the disk. The blue line shows the transfer speed (MB/s) across each part of the disk’s IO Range (GB). Again, as would be expected, the transfer rate is greater for the outer portion of the disk (low Gigabyte range on the X axis).
The test used an IO Size of 256KB.
You can see that average Read access time was 20.1 milliseconds and the average transfer speed was 97.0 MB/s – again, these are reasonable results for a portable, external USB attached drive.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Here is the result for a standard ATTO Disk Benchmark –
Atto shows the drive’s Read and Write throughput for a wide range IO Sizes. You can see that for an IO Size of 32KB and upwards, the drive exceeds 128MB/s for Writes and 103MB/s for Writes.
Again, these are reasonable results for a portable, external USB attached drive.
JPEG Copy Test
In this test I used the Fastcopy utility to copy a folder of JPEG (photo) files to the Connect II and then copy the folder back to an SSD in my Home PC. Here are the results –
You can see that the Transfer Rate when copying JPEG files to the Connect II is 29.5MB/s. The transfer rate was limited by the Connect II’s write speed.
You can see that the Transfer Rate when copying JPEG files from the Connect II is 104.4 MB/s. The transfer rate was limited by the Connect II’s read speed.
NTI Backup Now EZ 4
The Toshiba Canvio Connect II is supplied with the same Backup Software as the Canvio for Desktop. A copy of the NTI Backup Now EZ Setup launcher is placed on the disk and it is a simple matter of double clicking this file to install the software.
The software is highly ‘User Friendly’ – simple, but effective. Please see our review of the Toshiba Canvio for Desktop for a closer look at NTI Backup Now, by clicking here.
Pogoplug – ‘Cloud’ Software
When you first launch the Pogoplug software you are congratulated and informed that you have a lifetime Pogoplug PC License (you must have the Toshiba drive attached for the license to be granted).
It is then a simple matter of adding the folders on your PC that you wish to be accessible via your Pogoplug account -
You can sign in to you Pogoplug account, via a browser, from any device that is attached to the internet -
Once signed in you can navigate to the folders that are accessible through your account. For the folders on your PC to be accessible your PC must be running and connected to the internet. Included in the license is the use of 10GB of capacity from Pogoplug’s Cloud capability – I find this more useful as it can be used regardless of whether your PC is turned on.
If you are accessing your Pogoplug account from an IOS or Android device, you may also use a free Pogoplug App (which can be found in your App Store).
The following screen shots show examples of accessing one’s Pogoplug ‘Cloud’ storage, via a browser -
To upload a file to either one’s Pogoplug Cloud or one’s Personal Cloud (on your PC) it is a simple matter of navigating to the destination folder, pressing the, ‘Up Arrow’, upload button and then selecting the file or files that you wish to upload.
The Toshiba Canvio Connect II is an attractive, well built, ‘fashionable’ product, which offers good performance through its USB 3.0 connection.
The supplied backup software is effective and easy to use.
The supplied Pogoplug software and Account is genuinely useful and a real bonus. My wife and I use it regularly to transfer photos from our Smart Phones and Tablets to the Pogoplug Cloud and from there to our Home PC. For Apple iPhone and iPad users, such as my wife, I feel it is particularly useful given the general challenge of getting data in and out of IOS devices.
I found the Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB available on Amazon for GBP 102.42, which is outstanding value for money at 3.4p per Gigabyte.
I am pleased to award the Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB, with its bonus software, our rating of ‘Outstanding’ and name it as an Editor’s Choice.