I have had this for a good while now and is nearly full, this is a brilliant and easy way to back up all your data files, if you are like me you will have a lot of data that you do not want to loose from work files to personal photo's, when your laptop or PC breaks down you will be definatly pleased you had one of these.
The first thing that I must say is that it is 1TB and not 1000GB like most people think, this could be seen as a bit of a sneaky move from all manufacturers but Im afraid 1Tb stands for 1 Trillion bytes and a byte, there are 8 bits in a byte, a bit can a 1 or a 0, in other words the equivalent is 931GB this is enough room for a very large amount of data.
Getting started with this is simple, plug in the power cable this measures 180cm and plug in the USB cable this measures 160cm so in total you have 340cm more than plenty to stretch across the room, once the power is switched on you PC will auto detect the new hardware and that is it ready to use.
To store all your files it is the same as on you laptop/PC right click then select new folder, name the folder, then copy and paste the required files or select and drag them in.
Although moving files is quick I would recommend only moving a few files at a time say about 20GB at a time moving greater than that takes up a fair bit of time, the time taken to move files from one USB device to another greatly increases, for quicker results move them to desktop then move again.
The build of this is good and solid both the power and USB conections are a good firm fit, the unit looks good and is quite small, there is a small green light at the front this goes on and of when in use.
My laptop has tried to boot from this when I had left it plugged in sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't best not having it conected when starting up computer.
I struggled through a laptop breakdown two years ago and lost absolutely everything. When I went to replace my computer I thought I would include this external hard drive just to keep a back up in case I lost everything again. It was really awful because all my pictures of my daughter were lost so it was important that I could rely on this hard drive and I certainly have been able to do just that.
It cost me 150 euro at the time but it can be bought for £100 on Amazon at the moment. It holds 1TB and after two years of constant back up I haven't even gotten to the half way mark yet! The hard drive itself is quite heavy to hold and I usually just keep it stored on top of my desktop. I like how it doesn't take up too much room and it's not ugly either. It is black with curved edges and has a light that turn yellow/green when in use. It is very quiet too unless you are copying something onto it there is a slight rev but nothing that you would take any notice of. It is portable but I wouldn't carry it around in a laptop bag or anything because I think you would notice the extra weight.
I would be storing large files on this as I have home videos in high definition format and each video may be 1GB each. I upload to my laptop or PC and then transfer the same contents onto the external hard drive. It can easily be seen alongside the controls with all your other drives and it is easy to navigate. You set up your own folders so it really is up to yourself to organise it the way you will find things! For example I have all my videos and pictures based on the year and month they were taken.
Two years on and only three weeks ago my computer broke and a server which had a copy of everything I owned. Luckily I still do backups to this hard drive because I was able to get everything back again! I was delighted. I got a server to replace this hard drive and it cost me over 300 euro and at the end of the day this two year old beauty saved everything. I have every faith in this device and I will continue to count on it as a back up.
I had previously owned other previous external hard drives, however my previous one which was 250gb, was getting a bit cramped so I decided to make the leap to an external with 1 terabyte of space. I put my faith in the Maxtor Basics 1TB and I was not disappointed.
Having 1 TB of space means that most will struggle to fill it, even after having it for three months and constantly putting large video files and music albums onto it I have yet to fill a third of it. My average music album is 50MB, so therefore on the Maxtor 1 TB I could fit...20,000 albums on the hard drive, which is an incredible amount. Whilst I am sure there are people who will fill this space, even my excessive video and music collection is nowhere near filling the Maxtor and most users will never fill the terabyte of space.
I have never had a problem with the Maxtor 1 TB, always reliable and it has never faulted. This contrasts with previous external hard drives I have owned which sometimes turned off of their own accord and opened incorrect files. The Maxtor is very user friendly and for me, it has yet to take a wrong step.
The Maxtor 1 TB has a matt black finish all around its curved body with a shiny black top and bottom. It has a green LED light that lights up when information is being accessed or modified. One nice feature is that it can be placed either stood up on its side or lying down. It runs perfectly either way though it feels sturdier when on its side. When data is being accessed it runs almost silently, much quieter than similar hard drives I have owned in the past. The Maxtor 1 TB is one of the best looking external hard drives available and is designed very well.
Ease of Installation
The Maxtor comes with an install disk but does not require it, driver files are also contained on the hard drive itself and the simple 'plug and play' system that this allows means that files can be easily stored and accessed from any laptop or computer you plug it into. The Maxtor 1 TB is easy to install and should take no longer than ten seconds.
Ease of Use
The Maxtor is very easy to use, simply plug it into the USB port and away you go. It is recognised as a regular mass storage drive and has no special interface, making it very easy for those who are not technophiles. You can simply drag and drop or copy and paste files into it, the Maxtor is truly the definition of easy to use.
My Maxtor 1 TB came with no instruction manual per se, it came with a thick booklet containing warranty information in a dozen languages and a single sheet of A4 describing the layout of the Hard Drive and simple troubleshooting problems. These are all the instructions you need as it is rather clear what to do, the Maxtor is clearly meant to store your files with minimum fuss. The lack of huge instruction manual is no bad thing, rather, it is a positive thing, and there is no point in providing elaborate instructions for a simple 'plug and play' style product.
Speed is one of the most important features in an external hard drive, and luckily the Maxtor does not disappoint. In my experience a 700mb video file will be transferred either from or to the hard drive in less than ten seconds. In terms of accessing data the Maxtor is just as impressive, able to load a 700mb video file immediately with no lag whatsoever, video files never stutter or skip. Upon plugging it into the USB port however it can take almost 30 seconds to be recognised by my laptop (this is also the case on another laptop and a desktop computer), sadly letting down the otherwise astonishing speed that this external hard drive has.
Value for Money
At the time of writing, you will be pushed to find a 1 terabyte external hard drive that looks so good and works so well at a lower price than the Maxtor. The huge storage capacity means it will be hard to fill and I have never experienced any faults and as such this will represent great value for money.
Almost the perfect external hard drive, incredibly easy to install and use, a huge amount of memory and aesthetically amazing. When plugged into the USB port it takes a small while to be recognised, but following this all files no matter how large are loaded up instantly. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a large amount of storage space at a good price.
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