Maxtor 750GB OneTouch III

robgs - 2007-07-02 13:11:58 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: robgs   
Reviewed on: July 9, 2007
Maxtor
Seagate
Price: $250.00 US

Introduction:

The amount of data we go through and accumulate these days is absolutely insane. With the ever broadening landscape of the information super highway, higher resolution games, more in depth and sophisticated software, not to mention photographs, movies and music, our need to find storage room grows just as fast. The storage has to not only be secure but high speed and portable as well. It definitely doesn't hurt if it looks cool, too. To this end Maxtor has recently introduced a line up of high speed, external hard drives. The 750 GB Maxtor OneTouch III boasts bus transfer rates of up to 800 Mb/sec and sustained transfer rates of 73 MB/sec. Could this be the solution to my data dilemma?

Officially, Maxtor began its operations in 1982 and has continued to grow to become the third largest manufacturer of hard drives in the world. In 2006, Maxtor was acquired by the world’s largest hard drive producer, Seagate Technology, and as a subsidiary company continues to produce quality data storage products for the world market.

 

Closer Look:

The first thing I noticed when I received the OneTouch III was how heavy the unit was. The packaging is basic black and gray with some product photographs and a lot of information on what this product is capable of. The specifications and features are clearly laid out, which is nice to see at a glance.

Closer Look:

This hard drive is very well protected with molded plastic packing on each end and is encapsulated in a plastic bag. I was sure the OneTouch III had survived its journey intact. 

 

 

 

 

Fitted into the bottom of the packaging is an accessories box. The accessories box holds the power cord, power adapter, 1394b firewire cable and the user information package. Inside of the user information package is the quick start guide and installation CD.

 

On the back of the hard drive, you can see the I/O connection points. The OneTouch III supports USB 2.0, Firewire 1394a and 1394b.

 

On the front there is only one button. This button is for one touch backup of selected files or your entire hard drive.

Installation:

As the quick start guide states, install the software first. Pop the installation CD into your drive and follow the on-screen instructions. First select your language and then select "install software". 

 

 

 

 

Next, continue to follow the setup instructions which are all pretty generic.

 

Once the driver is installed, the setup program for the software will automatically start. Again, fairly typical setup dialog boxes appear. Just follow the on screen instructions.

When you have finished installing the software, you will have to restart your computer in order to allow the changes to take effect.

 

After you restart your computer, the setup program automatically launches the final phase of the installation. At this point you will have to plug in and power up the OneTouch III, and also connect the unit to your computer.

 

There isn’t much to hook up when installing the OneTouch III. Just install the power cable and connect to your computer with the interface of choice. There are three ways you can connect the OneTouch III to you computer. You can connect via USB, firewire 1394a or firewire 1394b. The fastest of these connections is the 1394b but I will use the USB connection as it is a very common interface.

 

After you have powered up the OneTouch III and connected it to your computer, your computer should automatically detect the drive and load the proper drivers for it. The software will then ask you to format the disk. Maxtor has made this a painless task, as all you have to do is press “format” button and a very short time later it’s done.

 

Your computer should now automatically detect the drive and load the proper drivers for it. With the installation completed, we can now configure the software.

Configuration:

The first window that opens after the installation is the Retrospect Express HD setup window. Here you can select automatic or manual backup.

 

 

 

 

Pressing the “Setup” button will bring you to a window to select the type of backup that you wish the OneTouch III to perform. You can select a “Comprehensive” backup or a “Duplicate” type backup. As the name implies, the comprehensive backup will save a complete copy of your computer or specific files that you choose and it creates restore points for each backup. “Duplicate” will only save the latest versions of the files that you choose to backup, losing any old versions.

 

Selecting “Comprehensive Backup” brings you to a selection window where you can choose what to backup. The choices are; the entire hard drive, specific files and folders, or certain file types. Then choose where to store the backup information and finally you can set a schedule to do automatic backup or deselect all of the days and press finish.

 

If you choose “Duplicate” you are asked to select the files and folders or file types to backup. Next, select the actual files to backup, and finally choose the destination of your backup data.

 

Now that the Maxtor OneTouch III is installed and configured, we’ll look at the data throughput performance..

Specifications:

 

Hard Drive

3.5 inch ATA

Capacity (Model #)

750GB (STM307504OTAB06-RK / T01W750)

RPM

7200

Cache Buffer

16MB

Seek Time

9.0 ms

Interface

  • FireWire 800, IEEE 1394b, iLink and SBP-2 compliant
  • FireWire 400, IEEE 1394a, iLink and SBP-2 compliant
  • USB 2.0 and 1.1 compliant

Sustained Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 73MB/sec
  • FireWire 400 43MB/sec
  • USB 2.0 33MB/sec

Bus Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 800Mb/sec
  • FireWire 400 400Mb/sec
  • USB 2.0 480Mb/sec

Operating Temp

5C to 35C (41F to 95F)

Dimensions

5.4 x 2.6 x 8.5 (136 x 65 x 217 mm)

Weight

3.2 lbs (1.45 Kgrams)

AC Voltage

100-240 VAC

Input Frequency

47-63 Hz AC

Compatibility

Mac and PC

Macintosh Requirements

  • FireWire 800 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher and FireWire 800 (9-pin) equipped computer
  • Apple G4 processor or greater
  • Mac OS X (10.2.8 or later): 128MB (256 recommended) RAM, or more, as required by operating system
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection (for system updates)

PC Requirements

  • FireWire 800 requires Windows 2000 or XP operating system and FireWire 800 (9-pin) equipped computer
  • Pentium III, 500 MHz equivalent processor or higher
  • Windows 2000 Professional, XP Professional, or XP Home Edition
  • 128MB (256 recommended) RAM, or more, as required by operating system
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection (for system updates)

 

Features:

 

FireWire 800

Blazing FireWire 800 delivers faster access to huge multimedia files, seamless workflow, real-time media editing

Automated OneTouch Back Up

Back up your entire hard drive with a push of a button or set up the software to perform convenient automatic backups.

USB 2.0 Interface

Plug and play. Simply connect using the USB 2.0 cable and get up and running fast.

750 GB Capacity

Add enormous capacity instantly. Stores 384,000 photos, or 53 hours of DV video, or 12,400 hours of music.

7200 RPM, 16 MB cache buffer

For fast drive performance, seamless data exchange, and instant access to your files.

System Rollback

Restores your system to a point in time just before your system crashed, while keeping your current data safe and up to date.

Sync your files

Automatically synchronize your files between two computers every time you connect or disconnect the drive so you are always working with the most current data.

Easy to Use Interface

Get up and running fast. Simplifies drive management, security, and backup scheduling.

Maxtor DriveLock™

Password protect the contents of your drive for an extra measure of security.

Simple set up

Plug it in, connect the FireWire 800 cable, and your Maxtor OneTouch III automatically appears on your desktop.

Testing:

 

I will use HD Tune version 2.53 to measure the burst speed, access time, CPU usage, and average read time of the Maxtor OneTouch III. I will compare two OneTouch III connection methods; USB and FireWire 400. I will also compare it with a 3x320 GB Seagate RAID 5 array. 

 

 


Test Setup:

 

 

 

 

The first test comparison is burst speed and it is shown in the following graph.

 

The next graph shows the access time.

 

The CPU usage is shown below.

 

Finally, the average read rate is shown in the next graph

Conclusion:

The setup and use of the OneTouch III is far easier than I had expected. I have owned Maxtor products in the past and I'm still very impressed with the simplicity and functionality of the products and the software. The OneTouch III is solidly built and I am sure it can withstand everyday mobile usage if required. Although it would have been nice to see a network port, the availability of 3 methods of connectivity adds to the attractive qualities of this drive. The capacity of 750 GB is plenty of space for most users, and should be adequate for quite some time.

 

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