Maxtor has today announced the introduction of its fourth generation external harddrive, the OneTouch II. This new drive builds on the One-Touch concept, which allows users to initiate backups by the touch of a button on the harddrive.

The drives come with a pre-configured backup schedule out of the box, which Maxtor believes is suitable for at least 80 per cent of users. There are also new features, such a "DriveLock", which will provide a password-based security function which will protect contents, if the drive is lost or stolen. Platters now rotate at at 7200 rpm instead of 5400 rpm, and performance of the new drive is rated at an average seek time of 9 ms and sustained transfer rates at 34 MByte/s for USB 2.0 and 41 MByte/s for IEEE1394.