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    Just bought a new external hard drive.
    It can use both USB or Firewire.
    I will be using it for full back ups for my computer.

    I have a new HP with AMD Phenum x4 500 gig hard drive
    Vista Home Prem x64.

    Witch interface is better/faster?

    The external hard drive is a Maxtor.
    Is the software that comes with it any good?

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    Does your system support Firewire (ports, drivers, etc)?? If not, your only option woud be USB.

    As far as the software that comes with the drive, AFAIK, using it is optional and would depend on what you intend to do with the drive (eg. - Does the Maxtor software include a backup program you want to use)
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    [quote name='JohnSo' post='761226' date='24-Feb-09 15:54']The external hard drive is a Maxtor.
    Is the software that comes with it any good?[/quote]
    The Maxtor "One Touch" series of hard drives have a reputation for being pretty easy to use. That ease of use is based on their software which integrates with the hardware button to give you a "one touch" backup. I have no idea whether the software actually makes good backups, though.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='761274' date='24-Feb-09 21:29']The Maxtor "One Touch" series of hard drives have a reputation for being pretty easy to use. That ease of use is based on their software which integrates with the hardware button to give you a "one touch" backup. I have no idea whether the software actually makes good backups, though. [/quote]

    Interestingly, I have a Maxtor One-Touch and never installed their software. Just connected the drive (USB interface). formatted to NTFS (I think it comes pre-formatted FAT32 but don't recall, formatting a new drive is just a habit) and used it to store TrueImage backup images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSo' post='761226 View Post
    The external hard drive is a Maxtor.
    Is the software that comes with it any good?
    Some drives come with software that ONLY backs up your data files. If you read the description carefully, it will say something like
    "this software is not designed to restore your entire system."

    For that reason, I never use the included software. You need to pay for real backup software - something like Shadow Protect or Acronis True Image.
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    [quote name='rgrosz' post='761435' date='25-Feb-09 14:55']I'm pretty sure that FireWire is MUCH faster than USB.[/quote]
    I think it depends on whether you have Firewire 400 or Firewire 800. I use a Maxtor OneTouch II on Firewire (400, which was the only variant available when I bought it), and it's been fine for ages (since the disk got replaced). I use Dantz Retrospect Express (which came with it) to do incremental backups, coupled with ROBOCOPY. The only reason i used Firewire was because my then new PC came with it, and to save using another USB socket. Oh, that's two reasons!

    Anyway, I thought that Firewire was a dying breed, since I'm sure I read somewhere that Apple had decommitted on it...

    Wikipedia says lots about it, including a paragraph comparing it with USB.
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