Tuesday, January 3rd 2017

Kingston Digital Doubles Capacity for World's Largest USB Flash Drive

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the world's highest capacity USB Flash drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers up to 2TB of storage space and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance.

Power users will have the ability to store massive amounts of data in a small form factor, including up to 70 hours of 4K video on a single 2TB drive*. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers superior quality in a high-end design as it is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance. Its compact size gives the tech enthusiast or professional user an easily portable solution to store and transfer their high capacity files. For more information please see below or refer to the following reference table for storage capacities.
"At Kingston, we push the limits of what's possible," said Jean Wong, Flash business manager. "With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily."

DataTraveler Ultimate GT ships in February and will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. It is backed by 5-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT Features and Specifications:
  • Capacities: 1TB, 2TB
  • Speed: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Warranty: 5-year warranty with free technical support
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12 Comments on Kingston Digital Doubles Capacity for World's Largest USB Flash Drive

#1
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Speed and price?...
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
P4-630 said:
Speed and price?...
Slow read, painfully slow write and astronomical. ;)
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Chaitanya
rtwjunkie said:
Slow read, painfully slow write and astronomical. ;)
Price will be astronomical for sure but in terms of read/writes it might saturate the USB interface. Its a flagship USB flash drive it cannot be painfully slow.
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Prima.Vera
Chaitanya said:
... in terms of read/writes it might saturate the USB interface. Its a flagship USB flash drive it cannot be painfully slow.
USB 2.0 maybe. USB 3.0 you need an SSD to do that.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Chaitanya said:
Price will be astronomical for sure but in terms of read/writes it might saturate the USB interface. Its a flagship USB flash drive it cannot be painfully slow.
It's a flash drive. Have you ever known flash drive chips to actually be fast?

Sure, they've gotten better over the years, but still not all that fast, especially with large files.
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#7
RejZoR
rtwjunkie said:
It's a flash drive. Have you ever known flash drive chips to actually be fast?

Sure, they've gotten better over the years, but still not all that fast, especially with large files.
Actually, it's not large files that are the problem, it's large amount of small files. That's what always kills USB thumbdrive performance.
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Chaitanya
rtwjunkie said:
It's a flash drive. Have you ever known flash drive chips to actually be fast?

Sure, they've gotten better over the years, but still not all that fast, especially with large files.
Corsair's Voyager Gs is pretty fast. Although like any storage device it does slow down for small file workloads.
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Chaitanya
rtwjunkie said:
It's a flash drive. Have you ever known flash drive chips to actually be fast?

Sure, they've gotten better over the years, but still not all that fast, especially with large files.
I know Tpu wont cover this product, previous generation of Sandisk extreme flash drive was very fast(for a usb flash drive) this new one might be better than predessor(although usb 3.1 interface is an overkill)

http://m.gsmarena.com/sandisk_extreme_pro_usb_31_brings_ssd_speeds_to_thumb_drive_form_factor-blog-22563.php
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
rtwjunkie said:
It's a flash drive. Have you ever known flash drive chips to actually be fast?

Sure, they've gotten better over the years, but still not all that fast, especially with large files.
Flash chips by themselves are never fast, even in SSDs. In fact, SSDs and USB Flash drives often use the exact same chips. The difference is the controller used and the number of chips.

Most usb flash drives use a single NAND chip design, with a slow controller. Even the bigger USB flash drives that use more than one NAND chip, still use slow controllers that only access one chip at a time.

SSDs on the other hand use multiple NAND chips and controllers that can access multiple NAND chips at the same time. SSDs are basically RAID0 arrays of multiple NAND chips. That is why they have such high sustained speeds.

Chaitanya said:
Corsair's Voyager Gs is pretty fast. Although like any storage device it does slow down for small file workloads.
The GTX v2 was even more impressive. It had reads in the 465MB/s range and writes in the 375MB/s range. And it didn't fall flat on its face during random read/write either.

At these capacities, I don't expect these to be cheap drives, I also don't expect them to be slow either.

The days of assuming all USB flash drives are slow is long gone.
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Prima.Vera
newtekie1 said:
The days of assuming all USB flash drives are slow is long gone.
90% of all flash sticks out there are still on USB2.0 :D :D :D
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