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Trekstor Data Station maxi t.uch 250GB external hard drive

Drive enclosure includes built in memory card readers, USB 2 ports By John Virata

External USB hard disk drive manufacturers have enjoyed a growth spurt thanks in part to all the media that consumers are creating with their digital video and still cameras, as well as media being downloaded off the Internet. The drives are cool because they are highly portable, are plug and play, and add much needed storage capabilities to the host PC. However, hard disk drive-based external storage devices have become commodity products, and companies that make such devices have needed to differentiate from the rest in an effort to gain an edge in this competitive marketplace. While most have gone to multiple capacities to expand the product line, others have incorporated highly designed enclosures into their offerings.

The Trekstor DataStation maxi t.uch features flash memory card readers and two USB 2.0 ports.

Some companies have even made their drives stackable, so when you run out of space, you can stack one right on top of the other. TrekStor has taken a purely functional route with its latest offering, the Data Station maxi t.uch external hard drive. The DataStation maxi t.uch is a departure from the look of typical external hard drives in that the drive features memory card slots as well as USB ports built onto the housing, giving buyers options to think about when making an external hard drive purchase. The drive is housed in a brushed aluminum enclosure that is black and gunmetal gray in color. Two removable feet enable you to stand the drive up, though you can also lay it flat if you wish to forgo the use of the feet. 


The DataStation maxi t.uch is built around a 250GB 7200 RPM hard disk drive with an 8MB cache. It connects to the host computer via USB 2.0 and includes a 6ft long AC adapter. It supports Compact Flash I/II, Microdisk, SD, MMC, and XD PictureCard format, as well as Memory Stick, MS Duo, Duo Pro, and MS Pro. It works with computers running the Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems and is also Windows Vista ready. So how fast is it?

For this review, the drive was plugged into an AMD Athlon 64 X2-based computer running on an Asus A8n-SLI Premium motherboard. The system has 2GB RAM and a 500GB Seagate Barracuda hard disk drive as the main drive, with a host of other external drives of varying capacities plugged into the computer's USB ports. This system is running Microsoft Windows Vista x64. On an unscientific test of the drive, it was able to transfer 1GB of data from a Seagate 750GB USB drive in just 1 minute 20 seconds. That is pretty speedy for a USB 2.0 device.

First Impressions
The TrekStor DataStation maxi t.uch ($130 street) is a nicely designed external hard disk drive. What the company has hoped that will make its offering unique is the inclusion of the two USB hubs on the front of the drive as well as the built in flash memory card reader. While more USB ports and a built in memory card reader is a nice addition, is it worth it to have such a solution built onto a portable hard drive solution? For digital photographers who need an external backup solution while on trips of long duration, and don't have a built in card reader on their notebook computer, or don't want to carry yet another plug in USB device, it might be a good choice. It enables you to leave the card reader at home while adding two more USB ports to handle other peripherals, perhaps Skype phone or other device. The only thing issue I have with the drive is the name, as maxi t.uch just reads too much like a feminine hygiene product more than a storage device. For more information, visit trekstor.de.


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com
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