Maxtor 1TB Basics Desktop USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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Maxtor Basics External Desktop Hard Drive safely stores your work, your photos, your songs, your digital videos, your memories. Ideal for home and office, it is easy to use - just connect the power adapter;then connect the USB cable into your PC or Mac and your your Maxtor Desktop Hard Drive appears as another drive on your computer. Perfect for the Home PC or laptop user who needs extra storage in a hurry. Use the extra free capacity to free up the space on your PC or Mac for better perfomance, or add more of the favourite files - with up to 1TB you have room for 16,660 hours of digital music or 320,000 digital photos or 1,000 hours of digital video or 250 two - hour DVD quality movies or 500 games. The industrial design of this next generation of external hard drives includes shock protection, EMI protection and the newest SATA hard drive technology.
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The drive had a 2 pin plug attached but there is a 3 pin adaptor plug in the box.
There is also a quick start guide which is:
1. Plug in adaptor to drive.
2. Attach the usb cable(supplied) from drive to pc.
That was it. I am runing Vista premium and the drive was detected straight away.Total setup time 2 mins
The drive itself is formatted to 931gb and is already formatted to NTFS which was nice.
It does make a noise it's not bad but you will know it is there. The drive gets slightly warm but again no problem there either.
Also there is a 3 year limited warranty, obviously there are many reasons why it might not be replaced but it does give me peace of mind for now :)
One of the cheapest 1tb drives on Amazon. All in all a good buy.
When you power off your computer overnight there is a good chance the next day that windows (XP or Vista) will think that the drive is not formatted any more. It still is formatted correctly, and all your data is still there... but the usb controller on the maxtor drive is sending incorrect drive geometry due to a fundamental flaw in its design.
Unplugging the power cable and putting it back in, or even removing the usb cable and plugging back in can resolve the issue and your data is safe... until the next reboot/restart/shutdown, but its still not acceptable to have fundamentally flawed usb connection hardware in a product of any price.
If you dont mind scrambling around un/plugging cables all the time, or the possibility of accidentally clicking on 'reformat' when windows displays the message, then by all means get the drive.. for all others i suggest getting something else entirely.
i think the only bad thing about this product is that it has no grips at the bottom so it can slip around if it gets moved by mistake. so id recommend buying some little sticky things to put at the bottom or the side (how ever you've got it standing)
A good thing i can say about this item also, is when you're not using it for a while it actully turns its self off then when you decide to use it again it boots back up. It doesn't do this when you're actully using it by the way, just if anyone was woundering.
It doesn't overheat also, it has a few long 1inch holes around the side which keeps it cool. it does get warm but it all depends what you're running from it etc.
Overall, 10/10, top class product, highly recommendedto anyone who's wanting to save alot of data.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still working as of March 2015, I'm sure you can get them bigger gb and cheaper now, better late than never product review!Published 16 months ago by Rocco
Megga problems... replacement hard drive needed then replacement packed in...chucked it away! CRAP!Published 17 months ago by Merlin
worked ok for a while but then the disc crashed. Very lucky I had a backup. No realistic Seagate support.Published on 10 Nov. 2013 by J. Whetsel