Seagate-owned Maxtor’s OneTouch drives have proven popular with both Windows and Mac users, providing that certain ease of use that Mac users have become accustomed to. We particularly like this Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition, as it’s small and light and makes the ideal companion for your laptop.

Pros: Portable, good backup software included
Cons: Lower capacity than ordinary desktop drives

Admittedly, the Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is a more expensive option than an ordinary desktop driver, but you can buy a desktop version of the OneTouch at £120 for 500GB.

The ‘OneTouch’ button on the front of the Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition can be programmed to automatically perform a backup as soon as you press it, or you can set it to ‘sync’ a set of files so that it only updates files that have changed since your last backup.

The Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition even has a ‘historical’ backup feature – a bit like Leopard’s Time Machine – that lets you restore files as they were on a specific date in the past. So while it’s a bit pricey, the Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is versatile enough to justify its price.

This product is part of our External Hard Disks group product review. Other products in this group are:

Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition (160GB): Specs

  • 80/120/160GB
  • 2.5in ATA
  • 5,400rpm
  • 8MB cache buffer
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • 500MHz Pentium III
  • Windows 2000 Pro/XP
  • Mac OS X (10.2.8 or later)
  • 128MB RAM
  • internet connection
  • 52x35x8mm
  • 205g
  • 80/120/160GB
  • 2.5in ATA
  • 5,400rpm
  • 8MB cache buffer
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • 500MHz Pentium III
  • Windows 2000 Pro/XP
  • Mac OS X (10.2.8 or later)
  • 128MB RAM
  • internet connection
  • 52x35x8mm
  • 205g

OUR VERDICT

While it’s a bit pricey, the Seagate Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is versatile enough to justify its price.

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