As you can see from the results the FireWire 800 connection outperforms the other connections. FireWire 400 proved to be the next best choice, with USB 2.0 in third place, despite its nominally higher bandwidth. Using FireWire 800, the large files wrote to the drive one minute and 20 seconds faster than FireWire 400 while over USB 2.0 it took over six and half minutes longer.
Read speeds depend more on the performance on what your writing to and the hard disk in the test machine was the limiting factor here, with some inconsistent results. Generally however, the pattern was the same, withFireWire 800 outperforming, 400 and USB 2.0 last.
The write test for the large files averaged 41MB/s, which is some way short of the potential 64MB/s bandwidth of the drive. We then retested using a much faster native SATA-IO drive, and the performance leapt up, transferring the 7.59GB of data in 2minutes 22 seconds – a average speed of 53.45MB/s - still below the maximum possible but still impressive.
We like this Maxtor OneTouch drive a lot. It’s a good looking drive, offers three types of connections and performs well especially using FireWire 800. The backup software did its job while the Drive Lock feature is excellent for data security. Unless you require greater capacity, this is a good buy.