Kingston’s new DT HyperX Predator 3.0 flash drive has a huge capacity, and a huge price tag, but the smaller-capacity versions are a good option for storage on the go.
According to Wikipedia, the world’s first commercial USB flash drive debuted in the year 2000 with a storage capacity of 8 megabytes. That was 5 times more storage than the then-common floppy disk, which would soon be replaced by these new “thumb drives”. (Side note: Ever wonder where that term came from? ThumbDrive was the brand name the first drives were marketed under)
Yesterday, Kingston Digital announced the debut of the world’s largest-ever capacity USB flash drive, called the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, which features a 1 terabyte capacity. Put another way, that’s 1,048,576 megabytes – it would take 131,072 of the 8 megabyte flash drives to hold the same amount of information.
Not only is the flash drive huge, it is fast, too. The DT HyperX Predator 3.0 has received SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification, and boasts transfer speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write — but only when connected to a USB 3.0 device.
Which brings me to my words of caution. Before you get too excited, be warned…the world’s largest capacity flash drive is also likely going to be the world’s most expensive flash drive. (Not to mention just as easy to lose as a much smaller, less expensive model.) No pricing has been announced yet, but the 1 TB version of this drive will probably be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of $2000 when it becomes available later in the first quarter of 2013. (The 512 GB version, which is available, is around $1400.) Further, if you don’t have a USB 3.0 device, you won’t get the fast speeds. Instead you will be plodding along at 30MB/s.
For those with USB 3.0 devices that could get by with less storage, Kingston also announced two DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 G3 drives in 32GB and 64GB capacities, with read speeds of 150MB/s and 70MB/s for writing data. The drives are backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices, but won’t transfer data as fast on the older connections. They will be available soon. (If you would like more detailed information on these, or any other Kingston products, please contact me and I will make sure you get what you need.
Do you use flash drives to store data? If not, what method do you use to move your data around? Please leave a comment below.