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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini Review

Propane    -   March 11, 2008
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Price: $TBA
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Introduction:

One of the problems that has plagued the modern computer since its introduction in the 1930s is the issue of storage. As time went on, people invented devices to help solve this problem and one of these devices is the ever familiar hard drive. These hard drives started out holding about 5 megabytes, which isn't much by today's standards, but a huge amount by the 1960 standards - almost as huge as the drive physically was. Now we have similar drives that hold much more. So much more, in fact, that most people won't ever be able to fill one up. However, with the introduction of online music and movie stores as well as the introduction of high definition video, the computer or media enthusiast might find that their hard drive just isn't holding quite enough. Many of the people who frequent Overclockersclub.com might just jump and buy a new, high capacity, internal drive without even thinking of an external like the drive I will be reviewing. This is a silly mistake though as an external drive, which can have capacities matching even the best internals, has many benefits, including the ability to take your data with you to wherever you might be, and also the ease of install.

The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini is one such external hard drive. It is incredibly small, only a little bit bigger than my iPod, and can hold 250 gigabytes (Gb). There is also a 160Gb version that you can currently buy according to your needs. The drive has only one cable to connect: a USB cable that gives the drive its power and also provides the data link. Because of this, you will need a powered USB port or a powered USB hub. All of this sounds just great, but lets take a closer look at how the drive looks and preforms!

Closer Look:

The packaging that the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini comes in is the kind of packaging that is always a project to just get open. The front of it shows the product and lists some of its stats like its capacity and its transfer mechanism. The back has a picture of the product and lists many features including the requirements for both mac and PC platforms.

The front of the drive has a nice brushed aluminum look and feel to it. Also, Maxtor put its name on the bottom of the drive in a very nice way that isn't overly flashy. The back of the drive has a nice rubber feel to it and the sides have a hard plastic feel to it. Overall, the drive feels pretty sturdy and looks classy.

As the picture below shows, the drive is very thin and has a single USB connection port on the long side.

Most drives come with software nowadays and the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini is no exception. Keep reading to learn more.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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