We assess 25 of the hottest external hard disk drives from Cavalry, Iomega, LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, and more.
One of the cornerstones of hard drives in general, Maxtor has kept its One-Touch line current, if not a bit futuristic. Don't be surprised if there are Seagate-branded hard drives inside the cases, as Maxtor has been part of Seagate for some time now.
One-Touch III Capacity: 300, 500, 750 GB Interface: USB, FireWire, FireWire 800 Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 800 Mbps External Power Supply: Yes Fan: Yes Dimensions: 5.4" x 2.6" x 8.5" Weight: 51.2 oz. Price: $90 (200 GB) Web Site
Available in 300-, 500,- and 750-GB versions, the One-Touch III offers FireWire, FireWire 800, and USB connectivity. One-touch backup is available through EMC Dantz Retrospect Express HD software. Maxtor's DriveLock security feature will password-protect the contents of your drive. There is a carrying case and a spare power supply available for this 3.2-lb. drive.
One-Touch Mini III Capacity: 80, 120, 160 GB Interface: USB Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps External Power Supply: No Fan: No Dimensions: 0.79" x 5.24" x 3.54" Weight: 7.2 oz. Price: $74 (120 GB) Web Site
It's not just a shrunken One-Touch III (all right, at 7.2 ounces, it is). The Mini gives you 80-, 120-, and 160-GB hard drive sizes in a USB-only external enclosure. While it doesn't specify the backup software supporting one-touch backups, Maxtor does note that its DriveLock and Encryption Software for Windows will keep your data secure and that the drive is capable of automatic data synchronization between two PCs.
One-Touch 4 Plus Capacity: 250, 500, 750 GB, 1 TB Interface: USB, FireWire Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 400 Mbps External Power Supply: Yes Fan: Yes Dimensions: 6.75" x 2.5" x 6" Weight: 40 oz. Price: $250 (1 TB) Web Site
Officially, the One-Touch 4 Plus is classified as a business drive. (Cross out the "Plus" and you'll find the consumer model.) Still, with 250-, 500-, and 750-GB and 1-TB capacities, it's a difficult drive to ignore on the desktop. Likewise, the addition of a FireWire interface to the standard USB port adds to its cred. Maxtor's Safety Drill software creates a snapshot of your hard drive, as well as offering data synchronization, security, and automated backup scheduling (along with the usual one-touch backup feature).
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