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While the size of traditional 3.5” hard disk drives increases, the external solutions based on them also keep adding up their storage capacity. Among the Maxtor hard drives the leadership in terms of storage capacity belongs to Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo with the capacity of 1TB. This value is actually a sort of a psychological threshold, when the storage capacity is measured not by the common gigabytes, but by principally new units.

If you are looking for the most optimal external storage solution that could accommodate a lot of data, then this review might be very helpful, as it will reveal all the details about the new Maxtor solution.

Closer Look

Before we dig into the details about the new representative of external Maxtor hard disk drives, I would like to mention that this HDD family includes not only an unprecedentedly big 1TB solution but also a 600GB solution.

The exterior design of the OneTouch III Turbo Edition is very similar to other external OneTouch III drives. The only difference between them is the thickness of the device: our hero is considerably thicker. The reasons are evident: there are two 3.5” hard disk drives inside the HDD case instead of one. We are dealing with a square box with ventilation slits on the side panels. The front panel of the casing features Matrox’ brand name OneTouch button, that gave name to the entire product line. By pressing this button you launch automatic data archiving. Besides this major function, the button also plays an additional informational role. The LED status indicator is built into this button. There are two FireWire 800 ports, a FireWire 400 port, a USB 2.0 port? A power supply connector and a power switch on the back side of the case. The back panel is also provided with numerous ventilation slits.

The two hard disk drives used in the external Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition solution can be configured to build two types of RAID arrays. In the first case we can use only RAID 0 (this is our today’s case) and in the second case the user can choose between RAID 0 and RAID 1. The HDDs’ spindle rotation speed equals 7,200rpm, and the buffer is 16MB big. Their average seek time doesn’t exceed 9ms. The external hard drive supports three interfaces at once (thanks to the Oxford 924 chip). The first interface is USB 2.0 with the 480Mbit/s theoretical bandwidth that can guarantee 34MB/s in practice. The second interface is FireWire 400 with 400Mbit/s theoretical bandwidth and 43MB/s practical data transfer rate. And the third interface is FireWire 800 that can provide 91MB/s data transfer rate at 800Mbit/s. The drive can work in the environmental temperatures varying between 5 and 35o C. Its dimensions are 136x98x217mm and it weighs 2.6kg.

The external hard drive is shipped with an external power supply unit with a power cable, a quick installation user’s guide, two FireWire cables, a USB cable, a CD disk with the EMC Retrospect Express HDD backup software and user’s manual.

The approximate retail price of the device is around $800.

 
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