Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 26, 2008
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When your computer comes back from its restart, there is a new open application that is located in the taskbars icon section, the Maxtor Manager icon. You are now ready to get the software you just installed configured to backup your entire hard drive or just specific files or folders on your hard drive. I will guide you through the different screens that you will encounter during the process of setting up your backup plan.
The first screen that you encounter is the main screen showing the different drives that this software can back files up to. When you click into the settings button on this screen you will see a list of different settings you can change for your actual device not just only on the software end.
Under the "Customize OneTouch Button" option, you are able to change what happens when you push the lighted button on the front of the OneTouch drive, the default option is that it will run a backup sequence. Under the "Adjust Power Settings" option, you are able to dictate how long it will take before your drive goes into a power-saving mode.
The next option in the list is "Test My Drive". This option will allow you to test to make sure that the drive has no faults and is functioning properly. The last option is "Check for Software Updates" which is pretty much self-explanatory, you are able to check for updates here and set the setting for the software to automatically check.
The next page is the Backup page. Under this page you are able to choose if you wish to create a backup plan and if you do, if you wish for it to be a simple plan or a custom plan. When you choose an option, you are able to name your plan.
Once you have a plan started, you are able to change the settings from within the backup page, or you can restore the files you have backed up, or you could even delete this plan. You enter a three step setup when you choose to edit the settings. The first step is which folder(s) you wish to have backed up.
The next step is which types of files inside of the folders you chose. You can do this a few ways, either by choosing all files, common documents (music, photos, videos, etc.), or by choosing which file extension you wish to have backed up (.exe, .jpg, .msi, etc.). The final step is to decide which days you wish to have this plan auto run and at which time you wish for it to run.
The last three screens are Sync, Safety, and Security. Sync is where you are able to synchronize the drive with other computers when you have connected it to another one. Safety is where you are able to have a copy of your entire hard drive saved on the OneTouch drive. Security is where you are able to add encryption to your files that are saved on the drive.
- Capacity: 1TB (931GB when formatted)
- Interfaces: FireWire 400, USB 2.0
- AES 256-bit software encryption
- Dimensions: 6.75" x2.5"x6.0" (HxWxD)
- 5 Year Limited Warranty
I'm getting very anxious to see how this drive performs against the Seagate FreeAgent Pro, so enough of the settings and configuration, lets get down and dirty with the testing!