The Retrospect software is more than adequate for small and home businesses, but the Express version included with the OneTouch unit assumes you want to use the OneTouch mechanism — which means you have to remember that it’s time to perform a backup and press the button to actually do so. I wasn’t overwhelmed with enthusiasm for the Express version of the Dantz backup software that comes with the drive, but it does the job. And a single OneTouch drive with the Retrospect Express software obviously does not give you the redundancy you would get from a NAS unit or a server with multiple disks running under a redundant array of independent disks RAID controller. Maxtor’s new OneTouch external hard drive lineup makes its easy for a small business to deploy a backup system that won’t break the bank. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace. It transfers data from your main hard drive to the OneTouch unit much quicker — up to a maximum burst rate of megabits per second Mbps , versus only about 12 Mbps for USB 1. To prevent that kind of disaster, you need off-site storage — which introduces a whole ‘nother level of complexity.

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In the Lab We reviewed the GB unit. Technology and Use Cases.

And a single OneTouch drive with the Retrospect Express software obviously does not give you the redundancy you would get from a NAS unit or a server with multiple disks running under a redundant array of independent disks RAID controller. These are firewide, though. I wasn’t overwhelmed with enthusiasm for the Express version of the Dantz backup software that comes with the drive, but it does the job.

It comes with the hard drive, a plastic stand that lets you set it on its edge it takes up very little desk real estate this waya universal serial bus USB 2 cable, and a software disk and manual. If your home office burns down, you still lose all your data.

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It transfers data from your main hard drive to the OneTouch unit much quicker — up to a maximum burst rate of megabits per second Mbpsversus only about 12 Firdwire for USB 1.

Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. I found the interface slightly confusing, however, and was frustrated by the fact that the program apparently only lets you add complete folders to a backup set. This process took only a few minutes. The only slight hitch — again, no fault to Maxtor — was that I have an itchy mouse finger and great difficulty following instructions.

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A backup solution doesn’t get much simpler than this. Even the GB unit can store an entire music collection — without needing to use MP3 compression. Toggle carc Search Advertiser Disclosure. Installing the Drive In terms of installing the drive, my first problem — nothing to do with Maxtor — was that my Windows XP test computer 1.

The Iomega Automatic Backup interface is a little maxtof, and it lets you select individual files for inclusion in a backup set and exclude files with certain extensions even if they appear in folders you’ve selected.

I inadvertently disrupted the software installation process after the drivers for the hard drive were loaded, but before the Retrospect Backup software had a chance to install. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace. To prevent that kind of disaster, you need off-site storage — which introduces a whole ‘nother level of complexity.

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Once the software drivers for the hard drive were loaded and the disk turned on and plugged in to one of the new USB 2 ports, Windows XP found it and set it up in seconds. The program works as advertised and does what it’s supposed to do.

The OneTouch products have a button direwire the front of their sleek chassis that when pressed activates bundled Retrospect backup software from Dantz Developmentautomatically backing up your data. A OneTouch drive is not a flawless backup solution.

The company has introduced four OneTouch products: Best and Fastest SSDs. The OneTouch units come from the factory formatted, but the formatting uses the FAT32 bit File Allocation Table file system, which is the file system required by Windows And there are more advanced versions of Retrospect available to purchase at the Dantz site if you have more advanced needs.

Given the large capacities, you can use them not just to back up essential data, but to back up complete disk images, including operating system maxor and application settings — everything necessary to recover quickly from a total disk melt down.

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But you really want to use a USB 2 connection. This review originally appeared on Small Business Computing. You can also — or instead — use the program’s script wizard to create a script that will regularly perform your backups automatically. Maxtor OneTouch Backup Solution. Pushing the button could launch a jukebox program. Maxtor claims OneTouch is the first push button backup and restore hard drive-based solution on the market.