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Home IT Department – Canvio® Flex External HDD Helps for a Good Night’s Sleep

I don’t know how it is in your household, but somehow I got designated as the “Home IT Department”. That means anytime my family has any issues with anything associated with technology, I am asked to fix the problem. This ranges from something as simple as changing the batteries on the television remote control to rebooting the modem. Given the current situation of having to work from home and distance learning, our family is spending an exorbitant amount of time together at home, and thus I am spending a lot more time “fixing” technical issues.

For the most part, I am able to resolve most issues quickly and painlessly and with little or no interruption. There are the occasional ones that require a little more thought or having to buy or replace things, but even those are relatively painless. And though I cannot foresee the future, I try to take precautionary measures to minimize potential issues that may arise. Since last March, when I began working from home, I have upgraded things around our home to improve performance, minimize downtime and ultimately to reduce my stress level. My home is now equipped with 1Gb internet access, new faster Wi-Fi router, larger monitors for PCs, and ergonomic working chairs.

Having worked in the hard disk drive industry for over 30 years, I know the importance of backing up data. As such, I have regularly backed up my PCs, my wife’s PCs, and my daughter’s PC. However, since our family operates on multiple PC platforms, I used multiple external HDDs. I had one external HDD just for Windows® platform devices and another for MacOS® platform devices. That was until last month.

My colleague recently sent me a link to a new Canvio® Flex external HDD (). The video shows the versatility of the new Canvio® Flex external HDD as it is able to adapt to the various operating systems and can seamlessly and easily store data from Mac®, PC, and compatible tablet devices**

Canvio Flex

Honestly, I was impressed by how easy the Canvio® Flex was to use between operating systems, so I was anxious to try it for myself. When I opened my new 4TB Canvio® Flex external HDD, two things immediately caught my attention - the sleek and sexy satin-silver finish and the cables. The package contained one white USB-C® to Micro-B and one black USB-A to Micro-B cable, which made it super easy to see which cable was for which device. In mere minutes, I was able to transfer data from my Windows® PC and then my wife’s and daughter’s Mac® PCs to the Canvio® Flex. So far, we have been fortunate as none of our PCs have lost data, but by maintaining a regular back up schedule, the “Home IT Department” can go to sleep at night knowing that the family’s digital content is safely backed up.

Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

** Compatibility may vary depending on user‘s hardware configuration and operating system. Reformatting required for use with Apple Time Machine. Please check device compatibility and connecting instructions by reviewing the applicable user manuals for such device. The latest information can be viewed online at

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