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Kingston has created a beastly 2 TB flash drive

By Scorpus ยท 23 replies
Jan 3, 2017
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  1. Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate GT is the world's highest capacity flash drive. Unveiled at CES 2017, this monster flash drive is available with 2 terabytes of solid state storage inside, giving high speed access to a ton of data on the go.

    To cram so much storage inside the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, the drive is physically larger than most flash drives on the market. To keep the drive durable, Kingston has opted to use a zinc-alloy casing with a sliding protector for the USB 3.0 Type-A port. If you have recently bought a laptop that only has USB-C ports (like the current-gen MacBook Pros), you'll still need that dongle to use this drive.

    Kingston hasn't revealed how much the 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT will cost, although it will be available in February. Considering 512GB flash drives currently cost around $200, this 2TB drive could be several orders of magnitude more expensive. It certainly won't be something that everyday consumers will be able to afford.

    A 1TB version of the DataTraveler Ultimate GT will also be available, presumably at a lower but still expensive price point. It too will be available in February with a largely identical design.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    Yet we have the technology to make a 2TB in a quarter the size all ready. Envision 16 128GB Micro SDXC chips and you will see why this is massively way too huge. They would easily fit in 10% of the space this device is using. You can't tell me a controller would need the other 90%.
    Nodeity likes this.
  3. Nodeity

    Nodeity TS Rookie

    Yup, this thing is huge, how are you supposed to get it into a recessed USB on a lappy?
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,821   +2,077

    As I understand it, the speed of the drive scales with the size of the chip. 4, 500GBchips on a USB drive will read and right faster than a single 2TB chip. I'm sure those aren't the exact numbers in the USB stick, but
    I'm sure you get the idea.
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,445   +1,438

  6. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 178   +89

    MalcolmX, davislane1 and hahahanoobs like this.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    I just want to know why someone would spend R&D daisy chaining a bunch of SD cards together, when we have EXISTING technology that is far superior? You know this 2TB drive uses solid state storage via USB 3.1, right?

    Even the fastest SDXC card can only do 90MB/s...
    mattfrompa likes this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,366   +2,875

    The thing that's definitely wrong with this thing - the USB tongue should be at the bottom of one side, not in the middle, in order to accomodate slim-factor laptops that have their USB sockets almost aligned with the bottom.
    SalaSSin and dms96960 like this.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    DataTraveler Ultimate? What will they call the 4TB model when they release it in the near future... DataTraveler Even More Ultimate?
  10. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 512   +128

    $10 max for a dying technology.
  11. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +1,724

    The people who need tons of storage are probably not the same ones buying the anorexically thin laptops of apple, or the apple wanabees.

    Flash drives are not going anywhere.
    mbrowne5061 and davislane1 like this.
  12. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    When I pulled my 4TB Samsung flashdrive out of its package to install in my workstation/gaming system, I was actually annoyed with the fact that it was over $1400 and a few years from now it won't be worth half that since storage will double or even triple soon.

    I look back on my old Pavilion 8570c that I got for my birthday years ago. It had a 20GB Hard Drive and 96MB of RAM. Now I have a 256 GB flash Drive that only cost $60 around my neck.

    The form factor of the 4TB SSD had to fit the motherboard's slots. It appeared to me it could have been made smaller.

    A 2TB USB 3.0 device, is really expensive and shouldn't be carried around since it's too easy to misplace.
  13. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,146   +3,569

    Dang! You walk around with that in your pocket, there's no telling how many new girlfriends you'll collect!
    Bigtruckseries likes this.
  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,791   +393

  15. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 257   +156

    I can't wait for the 500 PetaBytes flash drive
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    I can't wait for Techspot to implement ignore over news mode...
    jobeard likes this.
  17. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,366   +2,875

    Trillionsin likes this.
  18. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 257   +156

    Flash is dead
    The HTML5 Drives are better. ;)
    JamesSWD, cliffordcooley and SalaSSin like this.
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,752   +1,490

    HUH? HTML5 is a web coding standard. Can you cite an online retailer so I can take a peek?
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    That's the joke.
  21. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,752   +1,490

    you had me SERIOUSLY worried there buddy! :wink: might have helped.
  22. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 512   +128

    USB connected flash drives are DOA!
  23. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,752   +1,490

    Some people are like lemings
  24. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 331   +182

    From other tech articles, the estimated price will be $900-1000 each.

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