Maxtor 300GB OneTouch II External HDD
November 1, 2004 - by Keith Benicek & Tech Lab Staff
Hot on the heals of their already highly praised and
successful OneTouch External Backup Hard Disk Drive, Maxtor has just
released a more style refined and even better backup capable OneTouch
The OneTouch II is the latest in a very long line of
great External HDD produced by market leader Maxtor for both Windows
and Macintosh platforms. Maxtor has made these systems perfectly compatible
for both platforms longer than anyone else. I still use a five year
old Maxtor 160GB 3000XT FireWire/USB-2 drive on my G4 PowerMac sound
editing system and them move the unit and sound files to my AMD64 based
Windows Video Editing workstation.
years of excelent Mac and Windows External HDD's, last years OneTouch
on the far right.
We tested the first of the original OneTouch (1?) devices
and really liked its good looking rugged construction and versatile
capability as either a backup or fast USB 2.0, or FireWire400, or Combo
of the two, storage device. It came with a special version of the coveted
Dantz Retrospect Express backup application. You could stack multiple
units or Stand them on their sides in an included sturdy stand.
The Maxtor OneTouch
(1) is even part of the combination package Network Attached Storage
system with the Linksys Network Storage Link we’re testing in
another story on Home and Business NAS units.
sibling, OneTouch II has an all-metal main body shell, with a plastic
back plate holding the power switch, AC power input, 2 FireWire400 ports
and one USB 2.0 port. The front is dramatically different than the older
OneTouch (1) model, it sports chromed perforated metal bordered by a
formed gray plastic bezel that is like the front of the new G5 Power
Mac tower. It looks great and will go great with a Mac or any new trendy
Front and back are clean and the fan keeps the
On the OneTouch II’s
front, in an indentation in the grill, is the blue illuminated OneTouch
button and also behind the grill is another blue LED to indicate HDD activity.
Once you’ve installed the Mac or Windows Maxtor and Dantz Retrospect
software on the enclosed CD, a simple push of that button will initiate
Out of the box, the
Maxtor OneTouch II is pre-formatted in Windows NFS and ready to be used
as is (300GB) for backups, or if your wise, multiple partitions for backups
of more than one Windows computer or for backup and data storage on a
separate partition. TIP – Name the partitions for the computer you’re
backing up, if you’re doing multiple computers.
OneTouch II Utility app identifies all your drives
are going to using the Maxtor OneTouch II with a Mac, you’ll have
to initialize the drive after installing the Maxtor version of Dantz Retrospect
Express. That first time you plug in the OneTouch II, it will not show
up on the desktop, so Maxtor’s enclosed setup literature is very
clear on how to initialize (format) the drive for Mac OS X or OS 9. Just
like for Windows, we would suggest that you create more than one partition
if your have two or three Macs to backup and maybe even a partition for
data files; like music, pictures or video.
II also gives you full Security Control
up is fun to do –
Dantz Retrospect and their Express versions, especially for the Mac world
are highly respected and very expensive. It is to Maxtor’s credit
that they have gone to the expense of including a Maxtor customized version
of Retrospect Express with their OneTouch series.
Dantz lingo, Duplicate apparently means Bootable Backup
of both versions of Retrospect Express v. 6.0 will take you about 10 minutes
on a 1Ghz Mac and 18 minutes on a 2Ghz Windows XP computer.