I bought this Maxtor Basics 750GB External Hard Drive just a few weeks back during some promotion. My photography and work archives for 2008 alone has filled up most of the space on my 320GB hard disk, and it’s also high time I have a portable storage device to handle the data-backup across my network.
The 1TB version was totally sold out so I had to settle for the 750GB.
A simple package where all things are nicely wrapped, placed and safely padded by the cardboard placeholder.
The drive, the manual, the cables and adapter. They’re all there, you’re even provided multiple adapter sockets.
Very simple – Plug the power, plug the USB – and that’s it! It works great on both Mac OS and Windows Vista from what I’ve tested. I like how they included the icon so that it has an icon of its own as it appears on Windows.
Mac recognized it without a problem, minus the icon.
Test Driving It
Transfer started at 6:16PM and completed at 8:50PM. That’s 154 minutes in total, for approximately 170GB worth of data.
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So that comes to about 18MB per second. It’s USB 2.0, give it a break. 🙂
Hard disk manufacturers always report hard disk sizes using the 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes method but fact of the matter is that 1 GB is actually equal to 1,073,700,000 bytes, hence you get the reading above. I just simplified it to 170GB based on the 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes equation.
Generally I like the Maxtor Basics External Hard Drive. It’s silent. It’s not hot, much thanks to the plastic enclosure with vents on the side.
I haven’t try dropping it but I don’t think I’ll be doing that unless someone would be kind enough to spare me a unit to do so. 🙂
Strangely I can’t find the product on Maxtor’s website, so I’m inclined to believe it’s a discontinued product. It’s still a nice product nevertheless.