I originally bought a Maxtor 320gb hard drive about 2 years ago, as the laptop I was running at the time had a desperately poor hard drive installed. Essentially, my laptop only contained boot up files and everything else I ran came from the external hard drive. Although I appreciate this is a slightly odd way of running a laptop, it worked very well.
I had concerns over whether or not the hard drive could take the constant use for a number of hours a day, especially seeing as they are only really designed for back-up storage. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how well this drive coped. Sure, it got a little warm after some use, but that is certainly to be expected.
With a size similar to that of a standard calculator, although slightly thicker, it is certainly compact enough to be taken on your travels. I was slightly disappointed with the fact you require 2 USB ports to run it. There is a single connection into the hard drive itself, which then splits into two separate USB connections. One is marked 'power' the other 'data' which are quite self explanatory. The drive is also only USB 2.0 compatible so any USB 3.0 connections on your laptop or computer will not make a difference.
With 320gb storage, there is certainly enough room to back up any documents, photos, music or movies you have. Although as a big music fan with a large collection, it didn't take me long to fill it.
I have since upgraded to a 1Tb drive as the Maxtor 320gb drive had started to suffer some damage. The drive itself was still in perfect working order, however the connection point to the drive itself has become very loose and the cable will sometimes come out on its own. Although after around 2 years use, I can't complain too much.
Overall, a great external hard drive which was well worth the circa £70 I paid when I bought it. Although now days there are larger hard drives in terms of storage for around this price, if you only need 320gb extra, then I'm sure you can pick one of these up at a great price.
I wonder how much useful information I can write about an external hard drive. After all, all it does is add additional space to your computer right? I asked for an external hard drive for my birthday as I wanted to free up space to make my laptop run smoother and I thought it would be a good place to store big files and my music. To my surprise I was given this hard drive with a huge 320 GB of space.
The Maxtor Basics Portable external hard drive is about the size of a PS3 controller in length and width and has the depth of something that could fit in a coat pocket at a push. The hard drive is a light weight product though which makes it easy to carry about or no trouble to stick in a laptop case should you need to. It comes with a fairly small lead which I suppose could be tricky for certain desktop setups but I feel it is more than adequate for something that sits beside my laptop. I wouldn't want a huge lead on the table anyway.
All you need to do to set it up is plug one side of the lead into the Maxtor and the two USB slots into your computer or laptop and you're quickly away with a lot more space at your disposal. The sheer space available to you on this hardrive is very useful if you have a large photo, video and music collection like myself but you would be better off getting a smaller model if you only want to use it for transferring or backing up files.
I have had this device for a few months now and I have had no problems with it whatsoever, although I haven't exactly been dropping it or swinging it about like a cowboy with the lead. I have also never been grated by any sort of annoying sounds from the hard drive. You can never hear it and in fact the only time I have heard it is when I have put it up to my ear like a sea shell. It also has a very sleak design and you can get it in a variety of colours but I love the black.
Well i'm stumped for useful information to write about a removable hard drive now. The Maxtor is a fantastic external hard drive which is suitable if you need a large amount of storage space like myself.
This compact, strong and lightweight external hard drive is a great little addition to your pc or laptop at work or at home. It is about the size of a man's wallet and comes in different colours. I have had one of these for four months and it goes everywhere with me, has always worked and never been damaged by rattling about in my bag. It's easy to use (even for those who are a bit nervous with hardware) - you literally just plug it in (USB) and everything is done for you.
The only criticism I have is that the power cord is not very long (approximately 75cm) so if you are plugging it in to the back of your pc and have a high desk it is possible it may not reach - measure first!
2.4 cm (depth) x 9 cm (width) x 12.9 cm (length) in size
Weight is 220g
Storage is 320 GB
480 Mbps transfer rate
3 years warranty
Required - Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional , Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Pentium III - 500 MHz, PowerPC G4
128 MB RAM
Buffer memory 8GB