Inside a Toshiba STOR.E Canvio 3tb USB3 SATA drive 6

I recently purchased an HP n54l microserver. Following this post, I’ll be writing about how I’ve set it up and configured it. But to start, I thought I’d write about the drives I’m putting inside it. The n54l comes with one 250Gb hard drive which I’ve placed in the 5.25″ bay to be used as the boot drive. For data, I purchased these four Toshiba Hard drives from Dabs, for ¬£75.


The drives I purchased were Toshiba Stor.e Canvio 3TB USB 3 HDWC130EW3J1 drives. Oddly, it was cheaper to buy external drives than just an internal SATA drive.

For anyone interested in the Canvio for the drives inside, rather than the enclosure, read on. The drives are marked Toshiba and Hitachi. The 3.5″ hard drive division of Hitachi was sold to Toshiba in 2012, so the drives are probably Hitachi and branded with Toshiba.¬†They are rated ‘5V 430mA . 12V 350mA’. SATA 6Gb/s, manufactured September 2012. Everything else is as expected.

The enclosures were not easy to get into. Plastic tabs firmly hold the white top and plastic bottom together. I don’t think any of the drives were removed without breaking at least one of these tabs. Fortunately the drives themselves were undamaged and the enclosures can still be used; even if the don’t quite close completely now.


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6 thoughts on “Inside a Toshiba STOR.E Canvio 3tb USB3 SATA drive

  • Michel Speranski

    Hello Chris

    Could you please describe how did you get inside the drive? I’m interested in using the enclosure with another 3.5″ HDD while putting this one into the NAS.

    Thank you in advance for your help

    • Krazerxz Post author

      Michel, There was no easy way. Just took a knife to them and tried to prise them open without snapping the plastic tabs that hold them together.

  • Swirus

    How did you connect the drives to the motherboard? Could you describe the process please? My 3tb Canvio power died so I’m going to do what you did.

  • Tiago Azevedo

    Hi Chris,

    i’m having the same problem that Swirus has, and i think more people are searching about this because i’ve been told (wrong i suppose) it’s impossible to connect this drive to a motherboard, so my question is the same has Swirus. Thanks

    • Chris Pomfret Post author

      Sorry for the late reply – It’s just a standard SATA drive, so you’ll need a spare SATA cable on your motherboard

  • Martin

    I bought this nebootk to run one application which according to the specs it should have been able to do but it failed miserably at it. While I tend to think that it’s windows 7 rather than the nebootk itself, it ended up being worthless to me and I returned it. Amazon then kept $50 of what I paid on the return without specifiying why. So if you need an underpowered computer, even for a nebootk, back but a company that I won’t do business with anymore, amazon, then this is a machine for you.