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Get acquainted, a novelty. Transportable disk drive Maxtor 4

Evgenie Rudometov

For corporate sector company Seagate has released model Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini, created on the basis of a 2,5-inch hard disk (HDD) with information capacity of 160 Gbytes

After sorbtion in 2006 of Maxtor corporation company Seagate a manual of the incorporated company it has been decided to leave even a brand of the recent competitor, labelling it some products. The bars of external hard disk drives oriented mainly on the corporate market concern such products. They are decorated by a well-known brand Maxtor though a basis of these products are HDD companies Seagate.

Now company Seagate offers some new arrangements of Maxtor OneTouch set: Maxtor OneTouch 4, Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus, Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini. First two, are created on the basis of 3,5-inch HDD, the last product from the given list contains 2,5 ”HDD and is the transportable disk drive. The given arrangement is oriented to corporate sector.

The high representative of this bar of transportable disk drives now is the model which information capacity makes 160 Gbytes. Such model has been given on acquaintance and testing.


The package of disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini is resulted by size of 160 Gbytes in a Fig. 1.

The package structure includes plastic packing, the transportable USB-disk drive of 160 Gbytes with preinstalled ON, a cable of hooking up of the disk drive to computer USB-ports, a manual.

Fig. 1. Package Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini

Key parametres

Now at the bar of transportable disk drives Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini there are three models possessing in size 80, 120, 160 Gbytes.

Arrangements Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini are oriented to the computer market of corporate compact transportable disk drives. They can be used both with servers and workstations, and with notebooks and desktop computers,

Short parametres of high model Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini are resulted in Table 1.

Table 1. Short parametres of high model Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini



Size, a Gbyte


The hooking up interface


The sizes, mm

125 x 82 x 15

Weight, g


The disk drive is hooked up to the computer by means of an USB-cable. This cable from one end has USB miniplug plug, another — is ended by two standard plugs USB. Thus one of them is for an information transfer with simultaneous realisation through it of power supplies of the controller and HDD the arrangements, the second — for feed of the additional energy necessary in case of insufficient power supply through the main plug.

All accessories of the transportable disk drive are placed in metalloplastikovyj tank (a Fig. 2).

Fig. 2. Disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini

In a package design USB miniplug and the plug of external power supply, and in the opposite end of the disk drive – the plastic button highlighted by a light-emitting diode are provided . This button provides activation of process of saving of the information (backup).

The disk drive is equipped 2,5 ”HDD with a perpendicular magnetic recording. Informational size HDD — 160 Gbytes, speed of rotation of slices — 5400 ob./mines, a cache memory — 8 Mb.

The disk drive is delivered with the preinstalled firm software. It provides synchronisation of files in two or more systems on one operational platform. Automatic synchronisation of folders is possible at hooking up and disconnecting, and also continuous synchronisation of folders or synchronisation manually. For synchronisation performance patterns with usage of key Maxtor OneTouch are possible.

Data encoding is made by means of 256-bit program enciphering AES. Protection of the maintenance by the password on a case uteri or plunders is provided. As to high-speed metrics they have been defined in the course of the testing which results are resulted more low.


As a computer platform for testing of transportable disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160 Gbytes compact notebook Fujitsu Siemens LIFEBOOK P7010 used.

Into notebook structure enter:

        Motherboard FUJITSU FJNB189 (the processor bus of 400 MHz, Intel chip set 855GME with the built in graphics subsystem and ICH4-M),

        Intel of Pentium M ULV 733 (1.10 GHz, 2048 Kbytes of cache memory L2, clock rate of the processor bus of 100 MHz that provides data transfer with frequency of 400 MHz),

        the Disk drive on hard 2,5-inch magnetic disks HDD FUJITSU MHT2060AT in size of 60 Gbytes,

        Units of dynamic storage DDR333 SDRAM of 512 Mb,

        the Videoadapter presented by resources of the built in drawing of a chip set of Intel 855GME,

        Optical drive MATSHITA UJDA755 DVD/CDRW,

        the Operating system of Microsoft Windows XP HomeEdition.

The disk drive after its hooking up to the transportable computer was identified at once by WindowsXP operating system, and in a window My computer has appeared a new logical disk.

By means of a choice of appropriate options on the display screen values of information capacity have been output. In a Fig. 3 menu fragments My computer / "Properties" are presented.

Fig. 3. A menu fragment My computer / "Properties"

As software of an estimation of high-speed parametres of transportable disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160 Gbytes have been used specialised tests of package SiSoftwareSandra. The received results are presented in Table 2 and in a Fig. 4.

Table 2. Results of testing



Buferizovannoe reading, Mb per second


Consecutive reading, Mb per second


Casual reading, Mb per second


Buferizovannaja writing, Mb per second


Consecutive writing, Mb per second


Casual writing, Mb per second


Average access time, msec


Disk index, Mb per second


Fig. 4. High-speed parametres of transportable disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160 Gbytes

As follows from the results received in the course of testing, transportable disk drive Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160 Gbytes possesses not only high size, but also good speed regulation characteristics.

The given arrangement as an effective remedy of carrying over and an information storage for users of computers of different sectors of the market allows to recommend high parametres of the tested disk drive: from compact notebooks to servers.

The transportable disk drive of bar Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini has been given by company EASTSIDEConsulting, notebook Fujitsu Siemens LIFEBOOKP7010 — the Moscow representation of company Fujitsu SiemensComputers

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