Toshiba has introduced the Canvio for Mac Portable Hard Drive lineup. It provides Mac owners 500GB, 750G, or 1TB of storage space, with pre-loaded Mac-customized backup software.

According to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division the Canvio for Mac line makes data backup simple for everyone, from novice users to the most tech-savvy consumers. The included NTI Shadow 5 for Mac software allows for fully customized backup and synchronization, including the backup of specific folders, certain file types, or even a complete system backup and recovery of everything saved on the Mac.

Selected folders on the Canvio for Mac and the Mac computer can be merged and synchronized, while the frequency of backups can be adjusted to different periods (from weekly to continuously). Complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data and a special Drive Space Alert monitor sends an onscreen update when storage space is running low.

The Canvio for Mac is available in either Radiant Silver with silver accents or Infinite White with glossy white-gray accents on the top cover. Both feature an anti-slip design and anti-slip sides. On the inside, an Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology keep data safe during day-to-day movement from a desk, pocket, bag, or beyond.

The Canvio product line is available now at or through major retailers and online outlets. Suggested retail prices by capacities are: US$119.99 for the 500GB Canvio for Mac; $139.99 for the 750GB Canvio for Mac; and $189.99 for the 1TB Canvio for Mac.