on Tuesday announced their new line of external hard drives: the next generation OneTouch series, which come in capacities from 120GB to 300GB. Prices range from US$199.95 to $399.95 — and a special Mac version will be offered.
Maxtor has previously offered the OneTouch feature in
the Personal Storage family, but hasn’t attached the name to a product line before. Boasting a one-button backup and restore solution (hence the name), the drives — which can sit vertically or horizontally — come with Dantz Retrospect Express software that’s compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6-9.x.
The systems feature anodized aluminum casing with an illuminated OneTouch button. Besides offering instant backup copies of files and automated backup copies, the OneTouch button can be customized to auto-launch applications.
In combination with the integrated Dantz Retrospect Express software, the Maxtor drives support a complete system restore capability (operating system, drivers, applications, settings and user files) for Macs and PCs that can revert back to the original computer system from which the backup copy was made. The Maxtor OneTouch drives also feature an on/off switch and automatic power management option to conserve energy.
What’s more, as part of the new hard drive line, Maxtor is introducing a version specifically designed for Mac users. Powered by an Oxford 911 chip, the drives come pre-formatted in the HFS+ format. The Mac version of the OneTouch series comes in exclusive packaging and will be stocked in the Apple sections of computer resellers and available through Mac direct marketers and catalogs.