Maxtor has released an updated set of drivers – maxCD34 v. 3.4 – for its external FireWire hard drives.

The new set will test and prepare Maxtor's drives for your Mac. They require Mac OS 8.6 or higher – not OS X – and are available for download from the company. This version of Maxtor's software lets Macintosh users utilize the Power Down feature with drives.

The collection consists of Maxtor's software installer, its selection of disk-management utilities, a manual, Adobe Acrobat Reader and a set of Apple utilities.

Installation is recommended in order to achieve more stable performance and optimized data-transfer speeds.