Sunday, October 22, 2006

Review | Maxtor OneTouch III

Today I went out to buy an external hard drive to backup my Mac, remove all the load on my small hard drive and set everything ready for the arrival of Time Machine once it comes out on OS X 10.5 Leopard. I have checked almost every store at Bin-Khaldon street looking for something above 250GB+ and the more I looked the more my options were narrowed. Finally I have limited my search between:-

  • Western Digital My Book Essential (320GB) = 60KD
  • Maxtor OneTouch III (300GB) = 62KD
  • Seagate Pushbutton Backup (300GB) = 58KD
  • Customized with Toshiba hard drive (300GB) = 54KD

  • All of them work on power supply and all are @7200RPM. All other 320GB+ are overpriced and exceed my need of empty space since I have just a couple of Top Gear episodes, torrent movies and a fine collection of Mac Applications.

    I was going for Western Digital My Book but the fact that it only runs on USB made me think twice, so is the Seagate and the customized one. Therefore I went for Maxtor OneTouch since it's the only one that runs on USB + FireWire 400.

    Now that I have it running on my Mac, I have never been more relieved. My internal hard disk has more than 30GB of free space and everything is working great but there's one downside, it only works with power supply (problem for all those big external hard drives). It's not a big problem but it is kind of annoying.

    A small problem I had is that the drive was originally formatted to NTFS and couldn't be recognized by my Mac so I had to reformat it to FAT32. If only WineDoze can handle the Mac Journaled format that would've been even better.

    Pros: USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 ports, Easy Backup in a touch of a button (software for both Mac and Win), extremely quiet.

    Cons: Bulky design, Huge size, Needs power supply.

    Overall rating


    moocherx said...

    power supplies suck. I think the max you can get for the small size usb-powered hard drive is 120GB (40KD approx). This could be useful for a carryable external drive, and keep the powered one for permanent back-ups you don't need to access frequently.

    The Criticizer said...

    Exactly. I have a 60GB USB external and and I wanted something for extreme backups so I went for this one and left the 60GB for quick using.

    EXzombie said...

    Maxtor OneTouch III rocks, I have 3 5OO's now besides a 250 maxtor OneTouch II.....!!!

    life is good till I fill the new one... right now I have 120 GB free....!!!

    The Criticizer said...

    Dude!!! LOL!

    I got this 300GB and I don't think I'll ever fill it! Not to mention a 60GB USB drive and 60GB iPod that I can use as ext-drive as well.

    But a 1.75TB is SHYTE LOAD! I bet you can run your own server right now. :P

    *knocks on wood*