Summary: Priced at $249 (which includes a lengthy five-year warranty), the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is an excellent performer, provided that you utilize the FireWire 400 connection and don't mind a lone USB 2.0 port. It's slightly more expensive than similarly sized external hard drives such as the $229 LaCie Hard Disk, but the SafetyDrill and DrivePass software offer a high level of data protection for notebook owners.
Pros: Fast FireWire transfers, Excellent backup software, File encryption
Cons: Relatively slow USB 2.0 read and write speeds, Lacks an eSATA port
Summary: The OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive is an excellent choice for adding a Terabyte of storage to your computer or to backup multiple computers. As the product line indicates, the OneTouch button makes it very simple to backup or sync your precious data to the drive. The design of the enclosure is simple, but rather functional when considering heat dissipation. It has an understated look that would make it fit in at home as well as at the office.
Pros: » Massive amount of external storage, » Firewire and USB 2.0 connectivity, » Simple backup management in as few as three clicks, » Includes a full suite of related applications, » Competitively priced, » 5 Year Warranty
Cons: » No eSATA, » No power switch, » Software may be lacking for advanced users, » May need to download latest SafetyDrill application for use with new systems
Excerpt: (1 items) There may be no end to the number of digital photos you can snap, but eventually your photo collection will overtake the oh-so finite amount of hard drive space you currently have. Fortunately, the options for large external storage upgrades are plentiful. One candidate worthy of consideration is the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus (750GB).
Pros: Bundled backup software, Includes USB and FireWire 400 ports, Dedicated backup button
Excerpt: We were about to lead off this review with a Nelson Muntz-style “ha-ha” at Seagate, whose 750GB FreeAgent Pro has now fallen from the top of our external storage rankings thanks to Maxtor’s OneTouch 4. And then we remembered that Seagate now owns Maxtor. Whoops. The OneTouch 4 is easily the fastest non-RAID, USB-based external device we’ve tested. That’s a lot of modifiers, but we don’t want to give credit where it isn’t due.
Pros: One of the fastest USB-connected devices we’ve tested; quiet as a dead mouse.
Cons: No other connection options, save for USB; no power switch.
Conclusion: The OneTouch 4 has more features than any other backup drive we’ve tested, and we’d be hard pressed to decide between it and the WD MyBook. We like how the MyBook does backups instantly, rather than on a schedule, but the MyBook does not provide for a full system recovery, nor does it offer file encryption.
Pros: Simple operation; tons of features; allows total system recovery; works with Macs
Cons: Have to manually save mail; can't sync between XP and Vista; encryption is difficult to use