Maxtors new OneTouch II provides an excellent desktop storage option for corporate professionals as well as SOHO users. The high-capacity external hard drive has a compact footprint and offers a new user interface for simplified data backup and restore.
The OneTouch II, which shipped last month, offers storage capacities of 250GB or 300GB using a fast 7,200-rpm hard drive with a 16MB cache. The product runs quietly and supports both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces. Like its predecessor, the OneTouch II has a sleek design that saves desktop space , and it is more compact than its bulky competitors.
The 300GB unit I tested is priced at $380; a 250GB version costs $330. The unit comes with Dantzs Retrospect Express HD backup software for Windows and Mac OS. Retrospect Express supports Windows 98SE and 98ME, Windows 2000 Professional and XP, and Mac OS 9 and OS X.
After I installed the Retrospect software, I used the OneTouch II to quickly perform a complete system backup with (as the product name implies) just the touch of a button. The new user interface also makes scheduling backups and restoring data a snap.
Retrospect Express maintains restore points on the users PC or Mac and can take snapshots of different points in time. Users can easily restore the system to these data points.
For more information on the OneTouch II drive, check out www.maxtor.com.
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