Product Type: Maxtor External Hard Drive
Newest Review: ... it didn't take me long to fill it. I have since upgraded to a 1Tb drive as the Maxtor 320gb drive had started to suffer some damage. ... more
Great addition to any computer or laptop
Maxtor Basics Portable 320 GB
Member Name: G-Rold
Maxtor Basics Portable 320 GB
Advantages: Compact and quiet
Disadvantages: Dual cables means using 2 USB ports to run it.
I originally bought a Maxtor 320gb hard drive about 2 years ago, as the laptop I was running at the time had a desperately poor hard drive installed. Essentially, my laptop only contained boot up files and everything else I ran came from the external hard drive. Although I appreciate this is a slightly odd way of running a laptop, it worked very well.
I had concerns over whether or not the hard drive could take the constant use for a number of hours a day, especially seeing as they are only really designed for back-up storage. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how well this drive coped. Sure, it got a little warm after some use, but that is certainly to be expected.
With a size similar to that of a standard calculator, although slightly thicker, it is certainly compact enough to be taken on your travels. I was slightly disappointed with the fact you require 2 USB ports to run it. There is a single connection into the hard drive itself, which then splits into two separate USB connections. One is marked 'power' the other 'data' which are quite self explanatory. The drive is also only USB 2.0 compatible so any USB 3.0 connections on your laptop or computer will not make a difference.
With 320gb storage, there is certainly enough room to back up any documents, photos, music or movies you have. Although as a big music fan with a large collection, it didn't take me long to fill it.
I have since upgraded to a 1Tb drive as the Maxtor 320gb drive had started to suffer some damage. The drive itself was still in perfect working order, however the connection point to the drive itself has become very loose and the cable will sometimes come out on its own. Although after around 2 years use, I can't complain too much.
Overall, a great external hard drive which was well worth the circa £70 I paid when I bought it. Although now days there are larger hard drives in terms of storage for around this price, if you only need 320gb extra, then I'm sure you can pick one of these up at a great price.
Summary: Very well priced and does exactly as you'd expect it to
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