External drives allow one touch backup

One of the most arduous and neglected computer maintenance tasks, data backup, will be assigned to one button on Maxtor's new series of external hard drives.

Located on the front of each drive in the Personal Storage 5000 series, the OneTouch button initiates a scan of chosen files or folders, backing up only those that have changed since the previous backup.

The series consists of three drives, the 5000XT (250GB) at $999, the 5000DV (120GB) at $699 and the 5000LE (80GB) at $499.

Both the 250GB/5400 RPM and 120GB/7200 RPM drives are hot swappable and stackable, and have FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces. The 80GB/5400 RPM drive only supports USB 2.0.

National sales manager Craig Davis said users initially choose which files or folders they want backed up. A complete backup of all those files or folders follows, but every backup thereafter only copies modified files or folders.

"Everyone is constantly told to backup the data on their computer," said Davis. "But how many of us do it? That's why the ease of use of these drives is so important, and the most common question we've had from customers so far is about this button."

Dantz Retrospect Express software, bundled with the hardware, allows users to schedule backups that run automatically.

Davis said Maxtor had created a new market with the series, with the OneTouch function aimed at computer users who traditionally avoid backing up data and external storage due to the time involved.

The drives will be available in Maxtor's retailers in the next two weeks.

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