Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire / USB 2.0 External HD - $125 shipped

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The Maxtor OneTouch III 300GB FireWire/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STM303004OTAB05-RK, costs $124.99 at Shipping adds $8.52, but you can pay via PayPal and use coupon code "PAYPAL10" to bag free shipping. This drive features a 16MB cache and runs at 7200 rpm.

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Be wary

I had a 6month old one touch 3 drive completely fail on me the other day. As it was my back up drive - i actually lost a bunch of stuff. (yes - i know - backup - but i guess you also need to back up the back up) Even though the drive is still under warantee they will only replace the mechanism and not make any effort to repair the drive. I know these things happen, but when trying to find out if there was anyway to recover the data I was shocked by the number of reports of people having the exact same type of failure I had. (A mechanical failure where the drive quickly dies to the loud klunk of the heads hitting the platters)

Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

Ouch! Sorry to hear that. And as our friend Aaron Adams says, If you don’t have at least two restorable copies of it, you don’t have it!

Shawn King
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Your Mac Life

DBL Backup Strategy

While having a Backup has always been emphasized throughout tech circles, I think having an additional, physical B/U has usually been under-emphasized. At today's prices for external hard drives (both USB & Firewire), there's no reason not to employ the double-backup strategy, especially if you're working with critical data and files. [I went to this strategy when I started buying stuff from the iTS. ...You can probably guess that my music purchases alerted me to the importance of being prepared for multiple, HD failures.] One can tailor these drive sizes so they provide coverage with room to grow, don't overwhelm a budget, provide the ability to have a small stack. SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner provide the easy means to keep these B/U's current; and having bootable B/Us, I think, is a great way to get up & running again with minimal disruption.

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