We plugged the FireWire cable into the drive, the other end of the cable into the Mac, and got the 300GB Maxtor OneTouch II up running without any problems.
Formatting the drive was equally uneventful :-) Things are like that in the world of OS-X, they just work.
When the formatting finished the drive showed as expected on the desktop ready for action. In order for the "One Button" backup to work, the Retrospect Express must be installed. The software was included in the Maxtor CD.
We ran the Retrospect Express installer and rebooted after it ran to completion. We were now ready for the "One Button" test.
When we pushed the button, the Retrospect Express application launched and then immediately crashed. We repeated this a few times and decided to see if Dantz had an update for OS X 10.4.
On the Dantz site, there was an update for Retrospect Express 6.0. We installed the update and tried the OneTouch button again.
This time the Retrospect Express application launched without any problems. We were now ready to set up our backup sequence. The tool was fairly simple to understand.
We spent a bit of time setting up the backup schedule. Users can set up a sequence for manual backup or a scheduled backup. The manual sequence will run a preset backup script everytime the button was pushed. The scheduled sequence will run automatically.
One thing was clear already, the software and the "One Touch" button combo will make it simple to run a backup anytime we want. If we forget, well...the scheduled backup will ... back us up anyway :-) We'll let the backup software run for a few weeks and report back on its performance.