Toshiba 500GB HD
Slimline USB hard drive designed to back up even large media libraries

New from Toshiba's Storage Device Division is this slimline 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and designed to back up large media collections.

It uses a 2.5in drive to keep things compact – the casework is just 16.5mm thick, a little over 8cm wide and less than 13cm deep – weighs just 155g, and works with Windows 2000, XP and Vista, as well as Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

The USB 2.0 drive is also designed to be ultra quiet and energy efficient, and is designed, the company says, to answer static as well as mobile needs: "With games consoles increasingly used in living rooms as media centres in their own right, the Toshiba 500GB external hard drive offers  a convenient and stylish way to store gigabytes of music, films and photos for  playback via a number of leading gaming platforms."

The 500GB version, which is available now for £120, comes in black with 'Frost White' detailing. It sits at the top of a four strong range, with capacities denoted by the colour of the detailing:  there's a 160GB version in 'Gecko Green', a 250GB in 'Hot Rod Red' and a 320GB in 'Carbon Grey'.