Strap in for the first external HDDs to feature the speedy new FireWire 800 interface.

For a while now backup solutions have been getting bigger, but not faster. This causes a problem, so it’s good to see the first range of 800Mbps drives are about to hit the market.

Maxtor are the leading way here, with the OneTouch II series updated to include the (aptly named) FireWire 800 standard to its connectivity options. Naturally enough, FireWire 400 and USB2.0 are also fitted for good measure, while the 7,200rpm disk spin speeds and 16MB buffer means bottlenecks should be few and far between.


Currently capacities of the single button back up solution will stay the same with revised versions of the 200GB and 300GB models due out this month. Not content with that, however, Maxtor has announced plans to go the whole hog and jump to 500GB later in the year (I guess 400GB is not for the cool kids anymore?).

Packaged with the swanky new OneTouch IIs will be the Maxtor DriveLock security programme and the back up software EMC Dantz Retrospect Express HD (catchy). RRPs for the 200GB and 300GB FireWire 800 editions come in at £199.90 and £249.90 respectively, while there’s no price for the half terabyter just yet.

Ever backed up, then deleted your registry just for the hell of it. Try it, it’s really liberating!


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