I have just bought a Maxtor One-Touch 160GB external drive for backup purposes to replace a Maxtor internal drive I was using in a CRU dataport for a similar purpose. Both failed. The internal drive in the dataport lasted 18 months (not continuous use, mind you; just when I was backing up) and the One-Touch kept spontaneously disconnecting (USB 2.0 connected) right out of the box. I returned it. I have another Maxtor external drive (model 5000, 120GB) that has been running fine for 18 months. It's connected via Firewire.
I need another brand recommendation from Maxtor. I've had too many Maxtor failures. What do you know about SimpleTech, e.g., as a brand? I can get a good deal on it from Costco, but I'm unfamiliar with SimpleTech.
). If not this, what brand & vendor have you had success with? (Which has the fewest failures/issues?)
I can connect USB or 1394. Any preferences here? Is it better/faster to use USB or F/W?
I have Dell XPS, 2.8Ghz, 200GB + 120GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, XP Pro, SP 1. USB 2.0 + Firewire. As my DR plan, I weekly backup my primary partition with Ghost 2003 and XXCopy my other 4 partitions to dual external drives; one is kept off-site.