Maxtor OneTouch II review: Maxtor OneTouch II

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Quick setup; large storage capacity; one-button backup; quiet and cool; Mac compatible; good backup software.

The Bad Big enclosure; heavy.

The Bottom Line Maxtor's OneTouch II external hard drive makes a good thing even better, with 250GB to 300GB's worth of one-button backups, but be warned: it eliminates any excuses for not backing up a computer.

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Maxtor OneTouch II series

Maxtor's OneTouch II external hard drive picks up where the original OneTouch leaves off, offering larger capacities, higher performance, and added security to protect your most precious digital secrets. Unfortunately, the OneTouch II still suffers from an overly large enclosure that is sure to dominate any desk it sits on, and it doesn't support Linux computers. Still, if you have a lot of digital files to stash, it's one of the easiest and most reliable places to put them.

The latest OneTouch II is built around Maxtor's 3.5-inch DiamondMax 10 drive, which includes 16MB of hardware cache, spins at 7,200rpm, and holds 300GB of data. That's enough space for everything from 21 hours of video to a quarter million photos to an amazing 5,000 hours of MP3 audio. If the 300GB drive's price tag is too much, there's a less expensive 250GB version. Both drives can work with recent Windows releases as well as Macintosh OS 9.1 or newer systems, but, unfortunately, not Linux computers.

With USB 2.0 and FireWire connectors, the OneTouch II can theoretically move data at a peak throughput of up to 480Mbps and 400Mbps, respectively. In addition to the drive, the box includes an AC adapter, a CD with installation and backup software, a setup booklet, a stand, and cables for both interfaces. The booklet shows exactly what to do, and the 68-page electronic manual has an excellent troubleshooting section. While the OneTouch II is just as bulky and looks very much like the original OneTouch drive , it has vented aluminum trim for cooling, and the blue-lighted backup button is recessed. The OneTouch II is bigger and much heavier than Ximeta's NetDisk, although the included stand lets you sit it on its narrow side, freeing up more desk space.

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Maxtor OneTouch II (300GB)

Part Number: E01G300 Released: Sep. 20, 2004
MSRP: $359.00 Low Price: $350.82 See all prices

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  • Release date Sep. 20, 2004
  • Capacity 300 GB
  • Average Seek Time 9 ms
  • Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
  • Buffer Size 16 MB
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB