Anodized Aluminum-that’s what the Maxtor One Touch external hard drive is made of. This particular Maxtor One Touch device has 300 GB of storage space! It is extremely easy to set up and get going, and has the extra advantage of being placed vertically with the help of a plastic stand.
Unfortunately, the stand does not grip the drive at all and this increases the chances of the hard drive slipping out of it, if moved around the desktop or server. The device has two FireWire ports and a USB 2.0 port. A button on the front panel can be configured to back up a particular folder/volume/drive on a system. Once the configuration is done, just press the button and the backup begins.
The software bundled along is quite extensive. The manual is comprehensive, with information on everything from setting up The drive to configuring the software. The software interface is not alien, but it takes a while to understand backup and restore options. Backups can also be saved like templates, known as ‘data sets,’ and you can even configure scripts to run the backup.
The backup software, Retrospect, allows you to compress the data being backed up to the external drive. Even though the drive speed is 5,400 rpm, it could transfer up to 580 MB of information in just 31 seconds! Plus it is super-quiet.
For: The software included with the drive is expansive and really useful the ‘one touch backup’ is a great timesaver. Virtually no sound emanates from the external drive. The One Touch is a great option for a small office, since there are other storage capacity options available for this model.
Against: The stand for the drive is rather flimsy and breakable.
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