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Toshiba Canvio Basics vs Connect II: Which Portable External Hard Drive is Better?

Toshiba Canvio Basics vs Connect II

For those who don’t have the technical abilities to install an internal hard drive, an external hard drive is quick, easy and gives you massive amounts of storage for all of your important documents, files and precious memories. In fact, you will have so much storage space you can even add movies and music.

Toshiba has an excellent range of external hard drives and we are going to look at the Toshiba Canvio Basics vs Connect II range. We will compare their appearance, capacities and software. You will be able to find a comparison chart with all of the specifications and some pros and cons of each. Finally, we will decide which is the better buying option.

We will start with the features that the Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II have in common.

Toshiba Canvio Basics vs Connect II – Similarities


Both the Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II have a USB 3.0 port for high-speed data transfer. They are also compatible with USB 2.0 cables.

Transfer Speeds

The Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II are ideal if you have large files that need to be transferred and for those who don’t like waiting! With a USB 3.0 cable, you can enjoy transfer speeds of up to 5 Git/s. With a USB 2.0, this is up to 480 Mbit/s.

What’s Included

You will receive a USB 3.0 cable and a quick start guide with the Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II.

Side by Side Comparison

To recap all of the specifications, we have a side-by-side chart below.


Toshiba Canvio Basics

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

ImageToshiba Canvio BasicsToshiba Canvio Connect II
Size4.3 x 3.1 x 0.55 inches (0.77 inches with the 4TB)4.29 x 3.07 x 0.55 inches (0.76 with the 2, 2.5 and 3TB)
Weight5.3oz (7.7oz with the 4TB)5.8oz (8.11oz with the 2,2.5 and 3TB)
ColorBlackBlack, blue, gold, white, red
Storage Capacity1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 2.5TB, 3TB
USB PortUSB 3.0 (backwards compatible 2.0)USB 3.0 (backwards compatible 2.0)
CompatibilityWindows 7,8.1, 10, requires reformatting for Mac OS v10.15, v10.14, v10.13Windows and Mac
Data Transfer RateUSB 3.0- up to 5 Gbit/s, USB 2.0- up to 480 Mbit/sUp to 5 Gbit/s
Auto-backup SoftwareNot StatedYes
What’s IncludedUSB 3.0 cable, quick start guideUSB 3.0 cable, quick start guide
Warranty1 year limitedNot stated

These are the only similarities between the Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II. Next, we will look at their differences.

Differences Between Toshiba Canvio Basics and Toshiba Connect II

Storage Capacities

There is a good range of storage capacities for both of these Toshiba hard drives.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II Review

Toshiba Canvio Basics

You can choose from a 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Although there isn’t the option of a 4TB, you can find 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 2.5TB, and 3TB.

The Winner Is- A Tie


There are two different sizes depending on the storage capacity you choose.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II Portable Hard Drive

Toshiba Canvio Basics

The 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB hard drives are 4.3 x 3.1 x 0.55 inches and they each weigh 5.3 ounces. The 4TB hard drive is a little thicker at 0.77 inches and weighs 7.7 ounces. All of the hard drives come in black.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

The 500GB and the 1TB are 4.29 x 3.07 x0.55 inches and weigh 5.8 ounces. The larger hard drives are 0.76 inches thick and weigh 8.11 ounces. There are 5 glossy colors, black, blue, gold, white and blue.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba Canvio Connect II

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For the tech-savvy, this might not be an issue, but it does make one easier than the other.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II Comparison

Toshiba Canvio Basics

This hard drive is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. For MacOS, it will need reformatting.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

As well as being Windows ready, it is also set up to work with MacOS without reformatting.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Auto-backup Software

Auto-backup software is incredibly useful to set a time and date for your files to be automatically backed up, as long as it is connected to your device.

Toshiba Canvio Basics Review

Toshiba Canvio Basics

There is no product information about auto-backup software with this hard drive.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Here, you can take advantage of auto-backup software.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Value for Money

Needless to say, the price will vary from vendor to vendor but also the storage capacity. We looked at the 1TB to compare the value for money.

Toshiba Canvio Basics Comparison

Toshiba Canvio Basics

They are cheaper but probably only around $10 in difference. This range comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Despite being a little more expensive, they are still great value for money. It’s a shame there is no information on the warranty.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba Canvio Basics

Pros and Cons

We have also considered some pros and cons of the Toshiba Canvio Basics and the Toshiba Canvio Connect II to help with the decision.

Toshiba Canvio Basics


  • Really easy drag and drop use
  • Quality material and built well
  • Reformatting for Mac only takes a few clicks


  • The lifespan isn’t as good as we had hoped

Toshiba Canvio Connect II


  • It has nice little feet, so it doesn’t fly off the side
  • Good transfer speeds
  • It is a very stylish hard drive in all the colors


  • The auto-backup software takes requires a bit of learning

The Final Verdict

We have a clear winner today. That being said, both of these external hard drives from Toshiba are small, well built, and do a great job of quickly transferring files. We had no issues with Windows or Mac and found them to be really good for gaming consoles too.

We decided that the overall winner was the Toshiba Canvio Connect II. We loved the color choices and the fact that you could plug it straight into your Mac. It’s true that the instructions for the auto-backup software were limited but once we worked it out, this feature made the extra few dollars well worth it.