by Tom Streeter

Toshiba Canvio External Hard Drives Released with Cloud Backup

Backing up data to an external drive is a good idea, but backing it up to an external drive and the cloud is even better. That's the spirit behind Toshiba's latest release of the the Canvio line of hard drives. Ranging in size from 500GB to 1TB and with a selection of colors, the drives now support USB 3.0 and come preloaded with the Windows-based NTI BackupNow EZ software.

Dubbed the Canvio 3.0, they also come with integrated cloud backup capability and a 30-day free subscription to the service. Pricing for continuing the cloud backup service were not announced. If the software and cloud backup capabilities aren't of interest but the addition of USB 3.0 is, Toshiba has you covered. The Canvio Basics 3.0 line features the faster port, a smaller enclosure and comes only in black. 

The drives are shipping now. Prices for the Canvio 3.0 drives are $89.99 (500GB), $109.99 (750GB) and $139.99 (1TB). The Canvio Basics 3.0 prices are $10 less for each size.

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