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.
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
16 April 2008
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
Summary: While the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus can be used simply as an external storage device connected to a PC via USB, the true benefit comes from its software and OneTouch system to create a well-configured backup device.
Summary: The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is a good choice for the average home user who wants a fast and simple to use external hard drive for backup and storage. Mac users will want to find a different restore utility to use with it.
Pros: Fast write speeds, Includes backup and restore utilities, Generous five year warranty
Cons: The backup utility is a bit limited, Restore utility doesn't work for Mac users