Maxtor Onetouch 4 Software Mac

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The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini ($149.99 direct) is a highly portable notebook-class 160GB USB hard drive that fits inside a coat pocket. (Heck, it could fit in the back pocket of your jeans if you weren't worried about sitting on it!) Like other pocket-size drives it is meant for shuttling your data between two PCs, such as your work and home machines, as well as for backing up your data. The OneTouch 4 Mini differs from some of its competitors like the Western Digital Passport 160GB and the Toshiba 200GB drive because it's designed to be a disaster-recovery backup as well as a data backup. Though this feature is limited to Windows (XP and Vista) users with NTFS-formatted hard drives, it tips the scales enough for us to reward the OneTouch 4 Mini with an Editors' Choice.

The OneTouch 4 Mini is solidly built, with a metal top, dark plastic on the sides, and a rubberized bottom. The only elements that interrupt its simple lines are the mini USB port and the OneTouch button with integrated drive light. The design is attractive, though I don't find it quite as appealing as the Toshiba or WD Passport designs. Maxtor also includes a Y-shaped, two-headed USB cable, a plus since the device needed the extra power from the second USB plug to power the drive on a MacBook Pro. The OneTouch 4 Mini worked fine with just one plug on the desktops I tried it out on, including our Dell testbed PC. Unlike the WD Passport, the OneTouch 4 Mini's mini USB port lacks a protective cover, but the port itself seems sturdy enough.

The OneTouch 4 Mini comes with the latest version of Maxtor's backup software. The software includes options for backing up the entire hard drive or just selected folders, and for syncing folders such as My Documents between two or more PCs. It also includes Maxtor DrivePass with encryption (a built-in security utility). In my opinion, the most effective way of ensuring that your data safe is by physically keeping your drive away from bad guys. Nonetheless, it's nice to know that the drive comes with the capacity for AES 256-bit encryption.

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I used the drive's auto-installer to install the OneTouch software, and it worked without a hitch. I like the fact that the installer is on the drive, not on a CD that can get lost. The OneTouch button works as advertised, backing up whatever you've set it to back up. (It's great for syncing a documents folder before you leave work in the evening).

The one utility that didn't work quite as well as expected was Maxtor's SafetyDrill software. The SafetyDrill program is designed to create an image of your C: drive and copy it onto the OneTouch 4 Mini. You could then use the recovery boot CD and bring your system back from the dead, even if the C: drive had a mechanical failure and you needed to migrate to a new drive. I was unable to put this to the test, as the drive on my test bed is formatted as FAT32, and SafetyDrill works only on NTFS drives. While NTFS is common on new PCs, many older ones use the FAT32 format. SafetyDrill is also Windows-only, so Mac users will just have to back up their data with OneTouch and skip SafetyDrill.

The OneTouch 4 Mini, thanks to its 5,400-rpm drive mechanism, is a quick performer. It took 51 seconds to back up my test folder using the OneTouch utility, and 49 seconds using Windows drag-and-drop. (Anything under 60 seconds is considered fast.)

All in all, the OneTouch 4 Mini compares very favorably with other external drives on the market. The competing WD Passport 160GB and Toshiba 200GB drives may be cheaper after discounts, but the list price of the OneTouch 4 Mini is lower on a GB-per-dollar basis. The Passport, which uses 128-bit encryption, lags the Mini and its 256-bit encryption in security. (This is unlikely to make much of a difference to you unless you are directly threatened by corporate espionage.) The OneTouch 4 Mini has a five-year warranty, much better than the three-year warranty of the WD Passport and greatly surpassing the one-year warranty on the Toshiba drive. The OneTouch 4 Mini also has a more robust software pack than the Toshiba. It helps that Maxtor develops their software in-house, which lets the company tailor the software to the drive better, whereas the Toshiba drive relies on third-party software. The CMS ABSplus drive-plus-software solution has a backup system that includes disaster recovery for both Macs and Windows PCs, but the latest (unreviewed) version costs about $100 more than the OneTouch 4 at the same 160GB capacity.

Maxtor Onetouch 4 Software Mac

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With a compact chassis, great (if not perfect) software bundle, and a strong five-year warranty, the OneTouch 4 Mini has become our new pocketable external-drive champion.

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