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
Summary: The device comes with included backup software that sucks up nearly 60MB of space on the drive, but it’s space well utilized—the software lets you perform backups and synchronizations in a very unobtrusive manner. A few design flaws—like the absence of a power switch–keep the OneTouch 4 out of the Storage Hall of Fame, but while we can critique the nitty-gritty, we can’t overlook the speed or software. Coupled together, they make for a great storage device.
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.
Excerpt: The fourth iteration of Maxtor’s popular OneTouch external backup drives has arrived in a sexy new shell and a brand-new software package. It’s a kitchen sink drive that does everything under the sun, from backing up files to syncing folders to total system recovery in the case of drive failure and more. It’s easily the most full-featured backup drive we’ve ever tested, and though it has a few flaws it is still one of the best backup drives available.
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
The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external desktop drive isn't pretty. However, it has USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 ports and it's fast.
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is a desktop hard drive that offers a FireWire 400 connection, as well as the usual USB connection. If you have a FireWire 400 port on your computer and you transfer large files regularly, then this is an external hard drive worth a look.
Pros: FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, fast transfer speeds for FireWire 400 connection, quiet, 256-bit AES encryption