Maxtor also stepped
up to the bar by providing the most highly considered automated
back-up software available for Mac OS and Windows – Dantz Retrospect
Express. Both Mac and Windows versions are included on the accompanying
CD for installation on your computer. While some aspects of Retrospect
can be unbelievably confusing to setup for the average computer
user, it does include a Setup Wizard for basic automated backups
You can also run
Dantz Retrospect Express right from the OneTouch™ III .
Just press the silver button on the front of
the OneTouch™ III and the embedded version of Retrospect Express backup software launches
[onetouch_button_bu.jpg] on the desktop. It’s as simple as
selecting one of the three options.
We did experience
on two occasions a small number of copy errors during full backups
with the OS X version of Dantz Retrospect Express. We’re not
certain what caused the errors, but it does NOT appear to be the
OneTouch™ III because we also did
a full cloning of the same OS X volume to the OneTouch™ III with
Carbon Copy Clone (a free Cloning
application) and no error occurred using Apple’s built-in “Backup” software.
Also the Maxtor
System RollbackTM feature can restore your Windows operating system,
settings and applications to a point in time when it ran correctly,
such as before problems from a virus, Trojan or Spyware
attacked your system. Updates to critical data files, photos, music and
video data are kept current
If you are doing any streaming data acquisition, nothing will beat the FireWire 800 interface found on the OneTouch™ III “triple interface” models and the 1TB Turbo Edition. And if you don’t have a FW 800 interface on your older Mac (G4 OR G3) or Windows PC’s, it’s really no problem as there are plenty of PCI card solutions around for either platform.
Maxtor as we recommend FireWire 800 PCI Cards from Adaptec, Other World Computing, FireWire Direct, Belkin and SIIG. There are of course others, but we have not any experience testing them on either Mac or Windows OS platforms. Generally, the same FireWire 800 PCI cards will work in either Windows or Mac (10.3.4 and higher).
fast is the 1 Terabyte OneTouch™ III Turbo Edition?-
AMD Athlon XP3000+ 2.25Ghz Windows XP workstation,, using the USB 2.0
we backed up the 18.2GB OS volume which took 1hour and 22 minutes,
including verification. FW800 was roughly 42% faster than USB 2.0,
with the consideration that the Windows PC is about 28% faster on