Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 26, 2008
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The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External hard drive has two different ways that it is able to connect to your computer, which makes this external hard drive very versatile between different setups and can be customized for your favorite way to transfer data at high speeds. The two interfaces that it takes advantage of are USB 2.0 and FireWire 400. All of the data connectors are located on the lower back section of the drive, there are two for the FireWire connections and one for the USB connector. Not only do you need to plug in the data connectors, you also need to connect a power adapter to the drive.
After you have decided which data cable you are going to use, you are ready to plug it into your computer. Once you do this, you will need to wait while Windows locates the "appropriate drivers" for your device. Once this has happened, an auto play dialog will display and you can then install the software that came with the OneTouch 4 Plus. If you cancel out of the autoplay dialog, you can use Windows Explorer to locate the "Launch" program located on the device and begin from there. Mostly all of the installation of this software is by following the on screen dialogs.
When you navigate to "My Computer" you can see that the OneTouch 4 Plus Drive is installed and has 931GB of free space on the drive before you are able to put anything on it. The drive comes pre-loaded with different drivers, guides, End User Licensing Agreements, and the application installation files.
Once you have the installation application started, you need to select which language you wish to install, once you have selected the language you are greeted with the main menu where you can select what you wish to do. I selected to install the Maxtor OneTouch software.
The next screen is just letting you know what software you are about to install, all you need to do here is select the next button. After that you need to select which Country you are installing this software.
That screen is followed by the End User Licensing Agreement, which you can read and then select the Yes button to agree. Then you need to select where you wish to have the software installed on your computer. I just let it install to the default path.
Once the installer has completed installing the program, you are asked if you wish to register at this time, you can always do this later from the main screen on the CD's autoplay sequence. You will need to restart your computer after this part for the installation to complete.
The next steps will be covered in the configuration section. I will let you guys know that while your computer is stating up you may want to take your CD out of your drive. The CD has the capability to be a boot disk, which has a screen where you can restore your files once you have backed them up. Just to make everything go smoothly, take the CD out before you turn your computer off.