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Review: Maxtor One Touch III Turbo Edition

With Maxtor’s newest One Touch backup solution, you can choose your preferred seting: use the two installed 500 GB drives setup in a RAID 0 array to give you 1 TB of storage, or used them in a RAID 1 mirrored array to give you 500 GB of protected storage that can deal with the loss of a drive and still keep your data.

PC Magazine (Editor’s Choice): The Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition’s compactness and copious amount of storage raises the bar for storage systems. Video editors, heavy downloaders, and any users needing large capacity should be happy with the 1TB it provides in a RAID 0 configuration. Set up as a RAID 1, the system still offers 500GB and can keep the data safe even if one internal drives fails.
HardwareCentral: At $900, or even at a street price closer to $800, the OneTouch III Turbo Edition certainly isn’t cheap. On the other hand, it’s hard to find another external hard drive that offers its combination of storage, RAID support, and interface options, and matching its capacity by buying two or three separate external drives can easily cost more. Unless you need a NAS rather than personal storage solution, the Maxtor is a solid choice.

TOMS Hardware: The capacity point of almost one terabyte is impressive all by itself. However, the products that LaCie and Maxtor put together deliver more than just raw storage capacity. Both LaCie and Maxtor deployed all the interfaces that are important for quick and flexible data exchange. Almost every computer has USB ports these days, Firewire is important for isochronous data transfers (e.g. audio and video streams) and Firewire 1394b is the premier choice for the highest bandwidth requirements.

If what you are looking for is a large NAS, then, lacking any networking capability, this product is not for you. But if you need a simple, large scale backup device, then this very well may do the trick. Two common complaints: One, in order to reinstall an entire OS, you need to first install the OS and Maxtor backup software and then recover it and two, if one drive in your RAID 1 array goes bad, it voids the warranty to change the drive yourself. Seems counterintuitive, but that is the way it is. Still a very capable backup solution.

Posted by Jeff


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