Maxtor OneTouch 160GB USB hard drive
If you're a digital pack rat with gigabytes of who knows what, Maxtor's OneTouch external hard drive is more than a safe place to put digital pictures, music, videos, and all kinds of Web downloads. Capable of backing up a computer with the push of a single button, it is essential equipment if your hard drive is filling up faster than you can say "broadband."
Beneath the large anodized aluminum case is a Maxtor 3.5-inch DiamondMax Plus 9 hard drive that spins at 7,200rpm, includes 8MB of hardware cache, and has a rated seek time of 9.3 milliseconds. Based on a 133MB per second ATA and a USB 2.0 interface, the drive is capable of delivering a peak throughput of 272Mbps. To show that it's ready for data, the silver switch has a blue LED that throbs hypnotically. The kit comes with a USB cable, an AC adapter, a stand, a start-up guide, and a CD with a manual, a backup application, and some drivers. Maxtor sells USB OneTouch drives for PCs in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 200GB, and 250GB capacities; FireWire drives for Macs in 160GB, 200GB, and 250GB capacities; and combo FireWire and USB drives that work with either operating system in 160GB, 200GB, 250GB, and 300GB capacities.
Once the drive is set up and the included Dantz Retrospect Express program is configured, OneTouch lives up to its name, with the easiest data backups on the planet. Tap the illuminated blue button on the front, and the computer copies, compresses, and sends its files to the drive. Restoring a computer in the case of a system crash requires you to go through Retrospect's interface, but it's a snap.