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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive
Author: Michael Fiss
Manufacturer: Maxtor
Source: Maxtor
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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive
February 18, 2008


The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive was connected to a test system with the following components installed for this review:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 dual core processor
Thermalright Ultima-90 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
ASUS P5KC P35 ATX motherboard
OCZ Technology PC3-10666 ReaperX HPC 2GB DDR3 Kit
Two Western Digital Raptor 10,000RPM 36GB hard drives
Zippy GSM-6600P(G1) 600W power supply
eVGA GeForce 8800GTS G92 512MB video card
SAMSUNG 20x DVD Burner with LightScribe
Sunbeamtech Tuniq 3 Mid Tower ATX case
Windows XP Professional SP2

Testing consisted of running through a couple benchmark applications, as well as conducting some real world file transfers to measure performance.

The following list details the tests to be executed:

HD Tach RW
HD Tune 2.54
Real World Testing

The OneTouch 4 Plus was tested in both the USB 2.0 and Firewire modes of operation for each test.

HD Tach

The first test conducted was Simpli Software's HD Tach RW benchmark. This test provides information about the drive being tested, and the graph below details the random access time, CPU utilization, the average read rate, and the burst rate of the drive being tested. Lower values are desirable for random access time and CPU utilization, while higher values are better for average read rate and burst rate.

The HD Tach benchmark shows that USB 2.0 holds an edge over Firewire in terms of data transfer rates, and that the speeds achieved with USB 2.0 are rather impressive.

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