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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STM901603OTA3E1-RK

3.4 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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  • Ideal backup and storage for carrying your digital portfolio with you
  • Simple Maxtor user interface for drive management, security, and backup scheduling
  • Two levels of security against unauthorized use ¿ Maxtor DrivePass and encryption
  • Maxtor SafetyDrill prepares/boots/recovers your PC's entire internal drive contents during system failure or virus/spyware infection (Windows only)
  • Customizable Maxtor OneTouch button, USB powered; PC and Mac compatible
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Technical Details

Capacity: 160 GB
  • Mac Compatible
  • Minimum RAM: 256 MB

Product Description

Capacity: 160 GB

Product Description

Offering the same protection as the desktop model in a travel friendly, compact design, the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini is the first mobile storage solution that ships with this full suite of software protection tools. WARNING: The solder used in this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Please wash hands after handling internal components and circuit boards and avoid inhalation of fumes if heating the solder. NOTE: THIS PRODUCT CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MASSACHUSETTS OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (WASHINGTON, D.C.)


The Maxtor® OneTouch® 4 Mini storage solution is a full-featured, portable backup and storage solution with Maxtor SafetyDrill™ for complete recovery of a hard drive’s contents in case of a system crash or virus/spyware attack*. With two levels of data security and capacities up to 320 GB, users can automatically back up or sync work and home computers and confidently carry an up-to-date portfolio in their pockets.

Have a simple and reliable backup solution for all your stuff

Easily bring important files with you, wherever you go.

Keep all your digital content in a safe and secure location.
Portable Performance and Security
You and your content belong together. Weighing less than 6 ounces, the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini makes it easy to confidently carry your up-to-date portfolio in your pocket. This full-featured, portable backup and storage solution now includes Maxtor SafetyDrill for complete recovery of your PC hard drive’s contents in case of a system crash or virus/spyware attack. A simple user interface makes automated backup scheduling, specific file restoration, and security a snap. You can automatically sync data on multiple computers so you always have your latest files handy.

To safeguard against unauthorized use, Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini comes with both data encryption and Maxtor DrivePass.

With up to 320 GB you have room for 5,330 hours of digital music or 102,400 digital photos or 320 hours of digital video or 80 two-hour DVD quality movies or 160 games.

It’s easy to install – just plug the drive’s USB cable into an available port on your PC or Mac. The OneTouch 4 Mini comes with preloaded software and there is no additional power needed, so you’re off and running!

The sleek and slim design of this hard drive--only measures 4.90 x 0.59 x 3.22-inches (H x D x W). The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini lets you transfer files seamlessly from your computer via its USB 2.0 connection at a brisk transfer rate of up to 480Mb/sec. The drive delivers a spindle speed of 5,400 RPM, giving you the high-speed performance you need to back your data up quickly and safely.

At this compact size, and with this high performance, you now have the ability to take your data with you anywhere you go, so your digital content finally has room to breathe. A five-year warranty is also included, giving you complete peace of mind.

Product Highlights

· Ideal backup and storage for carrying your digital portfolio with you
· Maxtor® SafetyDrill™ prepares, boots, recovers your PC’s entire internal drive contents in case of system failure or virus/spyware infection
· Sync data between two or more computers on the same operating system · Maxtor DrivePass™ and Encryption: two levels of security against unauthorized use
· Simple Maxtor user interface for drive management, security and backup scheduling · USB 2.0 for fast data interface and power source
· 5-year warranty · Customizable Maxtor OneTouch® button
· Drive- and power-management utilities included · Quick and easy installation with pre-loaded software
· Auto Updater helps keep your Maxtor OneTouch solution current · PC and Mac compatible
· 5400 RPM, up to 8-MB cache buffer

*Windows Only

Maxtor® is the expert and the leader in designing simple external storage and backup solutions for consumers and professionals. Maxtor offers a broad line of trusted, intuitive storage solutions for safeguarding critical business data, digital files and personal memories. Maxtor developed the industry’s first external storage device that features easy-to-use OneTouch® button backup and restore capabilities. The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini solution is the easy way to back up and store photos, videos, games, music, business data, personal information and more. The OneTouch 4 Mini solution continues the OneTouch legacy as the leading external hard drive for small office users, consumers, creative professionals and mobile warriors.

What's in the Box
Portable hard drive with preloaded installation software, USB 2.0 cable, Maxtor SafetyDrill recovery CD, quick start guide

Product Information

Capacity:160 GB
Product Dimensions 0.6 x 4.9 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 5.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number STM901603OTA3E1-RK
National Stock Number 7025-01-573-6196
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,199 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com November 15, 2005

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Size: 160 GB
If you purchased this drive and software (as I did) to restore after system crashes you may be in for a rude surprise - the included Safetydrill software does not (as claimed) delete older versions of backups as required to make space for newer ones, instead it MOVES them to an (undocumented) history folder on the same drive and new backups fail for lack of space... with the failure producing only an inconspicuous error message that could be easily overlooked by unsophisticated users.

At first I found it unbelievable that automatic backup space management was unavailable in Saftydrill, but this was confirmed by Seagate/Maxtor Tech support, making this the least capable backup "solution" I've encountered in the last decade.

So... it you buy this for image-type backups an intend to use the included software be aware after the first few uses it will be *your* responsibility to manage your backup space by manually deleting older backups as required!
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Size: 250 GB Verified Purchase
At our office there are LaCie and Seagate external portable hard drives that are used for back-up of files and occasionally to transfer large quantities of files. When shopping for a external back-up solution for my home PC, I wanted a portable because I dreaded the thought of having one more plug and brick coming out of battery backup power supply that sits next to the home desktop PC. What is that mess beneath the desk my wife often asks? What are all those plugs for? With separate plugs and several power bricks for a router, external speakers, cable modem, laser printer, inkjet photo printer, a fax machine and a Western Digital 80gb external drive I did not want another plug or power brick. When the Western Digital 80gb external drive started to fail I replaced it and its power brick with the Maxtor 250gb One Touch 4 Mini. The change was a huge improvement. The Maxtor is less than 1/3 of the size and weight of the WD it replaced and it holds three times the data. Unlike the WD drive the Maxtor receives power from the USB port. The Maxtor has no power plug and no power brick.

What really sets this drive apart from the WD, Lacie, and Seagate drives I have used is the software. Some drives just allow you to back-up your data. While data back-up is essential to preserve ones digital pictures, music collection, and personal documents, if your internal hard drive crashes, data backup will not restore your operating system or applications. The One touch Mini, comes with Maxtor "Safety Drill" software that allows the user to image the entire drive, including the operating system (windows) and all applications. If the hard drive crashes, the user boots their PC with a supplied emergency CD, and then restores their whole PC from the drive image stored on the external drive.
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Size: 160 GB
This product provides only limited backup protection for certain files in certain locations. Most frustrating is that it is impossible for it to backup anything in a root directory. For example, if you have files of any type in the C: directory (or more likely a D: or E: drive) it cannot back them up. Only files in subfolders (e.g., "C:\files") can be backed up; no file in any root directory (e.g., "C:\") can be designated for back up.

Here is the response I received from Maxtor tech support on this issue: "Folders must be selected in the software. The backup utility is designed to backup data and there for it is not really designed to backup drives. So it wants to backup information on the drive, not the entire drive. It is just the way the software is designed and is working as intended." (4/03/2008).

You are also limited to the directories you can backup. You can backup your "My Documents" and even your "InetPub" directory but you cannot point it to the default directory for your Microsoft SQL backups. And even though it will backup the "Inetpub" folder it is not a complete backup. For example, all of the hidden folders (e.g.,\_vti_cnf) will generate the message "Not Supported/File skipped (backup of hidden files and folders is not supported)" and will not be backed up.

In addition, certain files in selected folders will not be backed up. It will not backup thumbs.db resulting in so many exceptions in the log report that it is virtually unreadable. Strangely, it will back up some .jpg files but will throw an exception for others.

This product has great potential but as implemented is seriously flawed. In my opinion these OneTouch Mini's are designed to easily and automatically backup _most_ of your "My Documents" folder. If you need to backup anything more I think you will be disappointed.
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Size: 160 GB
I bought this drive to create a clone of my iMac hard drive. I chose this model because it has the same capacity as my internal drive (both have 149GB formatted) and is small enough to go in my safe deposit box at the bank. Want to have a clone off site in case of a robbery or fire.

It has worked like a champ. Since I'm using a Mac, the software that came with the drive was of no use to me so I can't say anything about that. But the drive itself ran quietly, cool, and perfectly. Obviously, since I have only had it for a short time, I can't comment on it's reliability.

This drive uses two USB ports in order to get enough power. A twin ended USB cable is supplied. One of the ends is for both data and power, the other is used only for additional power. This way the USB port can supply all the power to run the drive without an external power supply. Cool! But bad news if you forget your cable, probably can't pick one up at your local store.
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