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This review originally appeared on Small Business Computing. 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. And there are more advanced versions of Retrospect available to purchase at the Dantz site if you have more advanced needs. It doesn’t get much simpler. A OneTouch drive is not a flawless backup solution.

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If you can’t afford network-attached storage NASthis is the next best thing. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. And there are more advanced versions of Retrospect available to purchase at the Dantz site if you have more advanced needs. The new high-capacity OneTouch external hard drives from Maxtor make for a very simple small business backup solution, and one that won’t break the bank.

But it’s as a backup solution that OneTouch will have most appeal to small businesses.

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. Home users might want to turn them into digital jukeboxes, for example.

The program works as advertised and does what it’s supposed to do. 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.

The Iomega Automatic Backup interface is a little friendlier, 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. 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. This presented no real problem, though; once I figured out what had happened, I simply launched the process again later and allowed the Retrospect software to install this time.

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Product Review: Maxtor OneTouch Backup Solution

The only slight hitch — again, no fault to Maxtor — was that I have an itchy mouse finger and great difficulty following instructions. Toggle navigation Search Advertiser Disclosure.

Posted October 4, Technology and Use Cases. It also lets you back up files at the time you create or modify them — in other words, real-time backups. Best and Fastest SSDs. To prevent that kind of disaster, you need off-site storage — which introduces a whole ‘nother level of complexity.

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. In some cases, I only wanted to individual files from a folder but was unable to do so.

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 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 files and application settings — everything necessary to recover quickly from a total disk melt down.

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It doesn’t get much simpler. Still, for most small businesses, and certainly home-based businesses, this is a pretty good — and very economical — solution. The company has introduced four OneTouch products: In the Lab We reviewed the GB unit. 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.

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. 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 Mbps for USB 1.

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.

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These are quibbles, though. A OneTouch drive is not a flawless backup solution. The OneTouch products have a button on the front of their sleek chassis that when pressed activates bundled Retrospect backup software from Dantz Developmentautomatically maxtir up your data. But you really want to use a USB 2 connection.