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    Maxtor One Touch II External 300GB Hard Drive
    Author: extremepc
    Date Posted:09/01/2005 15:59.22
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Maxtor OneTouch II is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a large external hard drive. 300GB goes a long way for storage, and most people wonít be able to fill it up.

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    The Maxtor OneTouch II is the best looking external drive I have come into contact with, bar none. Most of the drive is a nice anodized aluminum, but the front is a nice dark blue, with a silver ďbarĒ going across, that looks much like the Apple G5 case. On this ďbarĒ is the OneTouch button, which has an LED right on it.

    On the back of the unit, thereís an array of ports. The power port is, of course there, as well as a handy switch, something that was absent on the previous OneTouch model. Thereís two Firewire ports, so you can plug in the drive to your computer, and then plug something else in too, so you donít really lose a Firewire port on your system. I have three Firewire devices (iPod, iSight, and OneTouch), and only two ports, so this was nice to see. Thereís also a USB port, in case you donít have Firewire.

    This is where I get to my first criticism about this drive. The front LED has got to be the most annoying thing Iíve ever come across. When the drive is on, itís constantly flashing, and even when it goes to ďsleepĒ it flashes, so unless you switch it off on the back with the switch, itíll flash. Itís quite distracting, and considering my system is in my bedroom, it can be really distracting at night, so I usually turn off the drive before I head to bed.

    The drive is also surprisingly quiet. It never gets louder then my iMac G5, which is remarkably quiet, but it is audible. When itís connected to my PC, itís completely inaudible. Even when next to a silent system, itís not a distraction whatsoever.

    The drive does get warm to the touch after activity, but nothing hot. There is a fan inside the casing, so it should never have a heat problem.

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