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Maxtor announces new OneTouch II Ext HDD
September 21, 2004

MILPITAS, Calif.- Maxtor Corporation , the leader in desktop external hard disk drive solutions, has announced a new model in their popular and award winning OneTouch Series. The OneTouch II carries a new look bound to be popular with trendy custom PC users and especially Macintosh G5 PowerMac owners. Maxtor reports that there is more to the OneTouch II than looks, it also gives “consumers the first external backup solution to feature simpler backup, added security and more powerful restore capabilities.”

Maxtor’s existing line of external Firewire, USB 2.0 and Combo HDD’s allows consumers to easily back up family photos, MP3 music collections, and other important personal and business data with a simple touch of a button. No high tech knowledge is required to set up the new drive.

According to Maxtor, the new OneTouch II makes these processes even easier to accomplish with imbedded firmware, rather than having to install software on the computer. Leveraging the company's first-to-market leadership and proven expertise in external storage and push button backup, the new Maxtor OneTouch II drive offers an exclusive version of Dantz(R) Retrospect(R) software for easy backup, a Maxtor DriveLock(TM) security feature for added data protection and more powerful restore capabilities, including historical backup recovery.

"Combine all this with a new, consumer-friendly user interface, and now the most difficult part of a backup solution may be choosing which capacity Maxtor OneTouch II drive to buy," said Mike Williams, vice-president of marketing for Maxtor's Branded Products.

"The new Maxtor OneTouch II drive is unequaled in its intuitive functionality," he said. "We listened to our customers and incorporated features and functions that improve upon our existing solution. The Maxtor OneTouch family continues to be the leading external hard drive for consumers, creative professionals, mobile warriors and small-business users."




New features of the Maxtor OneTouch II external drive include:

  • ·Simpler backup - No complex menus or commands or in-depth technical knowledge are required to set up the Maxtor OneTouch II drive. The new click-through installation asks a few simple questions such as the user's name and preferred language, while configuring the software in the background to automatically back up all locally connected drives and files on the computer every day.
  • DriveLock security - The Maxtor OneTouch II also offers Maxtor's new DriveLock feature for added data protection. This feature allows users to password-protect the contents of the drive.
  • More powerful restore - If data is lost, restoring a backed up copy from the Maxtor OneTouch II drive to the source system is simple.
  • New user interface - Maxtor has redesigned the graphical user interface from the ground up so that installation and setup are easier than ever.
  • Mac® bootability function - Mac users have the option to create a fully bootable backup copy of their main system drive.
  • New look - The Maxtor OneTouch II drive has a new, sophisticated, contemporary
    look that suits a home or office setting.

Pricing and Availability
The new Maxtor OneTouch II external drive comes with a 7200RPM 300GB or 250GB hard drive with a 16MB buffer. Both feature a combo FireWire®/USB 2.0 interface for easy connection to a Mac or PC. The drives are available through Maxtor's network of leading retailers, distributors and online stores. They are also available at

Suggested retail price is $379.95 for 300GB and $329.95 for 250GB. Additional capacities will be rolled out later this year. For more detailed information on the Maxtor OneTouch II drive and its new features, please visit

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