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,
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
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