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Kingston's 256GB USB Flash Drive is $1,108

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A USB flash drive larger than your console's hard disk drive.

Living in the U.S. and in search for a USB flash drive with massive capacity? Kingston is finally shipping its 256GB drive to the United States with data transfer rates of 25MB/sec. read and 12MB/sec. write.

The model known as the DataTraveler 310 replaces the 256GB DataTraveler 300, released in July 2009 to the Asia/Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

“We saw an opportunity to push the capacity envelope for USB Flash drives in the marketplace. Customer feedback and our research determined that this is a great solution for designers, engineers and architects who have a need to easily store and transport large data files,” said Andrew Ewing, USB business manager, Kingston. “For the enthusiast who wants easy access to their full media library, the DataTraveler 310 can store up to 365 CDs, 54 DVDs or 51,000 images. This device makes an entire collection of data easily portable.”

For those thinking of packing this massive drive with sensitive information, the DataTraveler 310 features Password Traveler software, which allows the user to create and access a password-protected privacy zone. The secure area of the drive can account for up to 90 percent of the drive’s capacity and does not require administrator rights.

If you want one of these, you'd better have $1,108 sitting around.

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    Compulsive1 , February 19, 2010 11:55 PM
    Why? Portable USB hard drive with bigger capacity and much faster transfer rates can be bought for 1/5 of the price. Yes it's slightly larger, but for $800.00 in savings I'm OK dealing with 2.5" external enclosure. As a matter of fact I carry a 160GB in my laptop back pack at all times. It came free with a Fujitsu netbook that cost less than the 256GB USB flash drive.
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 12:16 AM
    I'll get one when they are $50...
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  • 20 Hide
    Compulsive1 , February 19, 2010 11:55 PM
    Why? Portable USB hard drive with bigger capacity and much faster transfer rates can be bought for 1/5 of the price. Yes it's slightly larger, but for $800.00 in savings I'm OK dealing with 2.5" external enclosure. As a matter of fact I carry a 160GB in my laptop back pack at all times. It came free with a Fujitsu netbook that cost less than the 256GB USB flash drive.
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    agnickolov , February 19, 2010 11:57 PM
    What, this is nearly 10 times slower than a good SSD, but costs 50% more? Thanks, but no thanks...
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    Greg_77 , February 20, 2010 12:01 AM
    True, Compulsive1, but the flash drive is more durable (most likely).
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 12:16 AM
    I'll get one when they are $50...
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    rpmrush , February 20, 2010 12:17 AM
    It's a start people. The price will fall. One day it will be affordable. As soon as a 500GB flash drive comes out, it will push prices down. A beginning is good. The high end doesn't start within reach. That's why it's the high end. It will push others to go higher and what was once the high end will come down to within reach. I say thank you Kingston for keeping things fresh.
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    rpmrush , February 20, 2010 12:19 AM
    It's a good start. It's called the high end for a reason. Others will push farther and the high end will slowly come within reach. I love technology!
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    salimbest83 , February 20, 2010 12:21 AM
    1k!! i will pass..
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    Marco925 , February 20, 2010 12:30 AM
    Compulsive1Why? Portable USB hard drive with bigger capacity and much faster transfer rates can be bought for 1/5 of the price. Yes it's slightly larger, but for $800.00 in savings I'm OK dealing with 2.5" external enclosure. As a matter of fact I carry a 160GB in my laptop back pack at all times. It came free with a Fujitsu netbook that cost less than the 256GB USB flash drive.

    but some people aren't, not only that, platter drives, if dropped, most likely are toast, this flash drive is FAR more convenient for many people, especially businessmen on the go. a hard drive is too clunky for them to be risking sensitive date.
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    zoemayne , February 20, 2010 12:55 AM
    i like this design i have a 300GB external and I'm just uncomfortable carrying it around cause it has platters. I never carry it around but this here of course is too expensive.
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    zoemayne , February 20, 2010 12:55 AM
    Get a 256GB Intel SSD and a $20 Adapter.. VWALA
  • 8 Hide
    bokuden , February 20, 2010 1:19 AM
    I'll wait for the 1TB version.
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    Bert R , February 20, 2010 1:44 AM
    Definitely worth it. A must buy for every self-respecting PC enthusiast.
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    Zenthar , February 20, 2010 1:49 AM
    As many said, you can get a 2.5" 256MB SSD for ~700$ + an external e-SATA enclosure for ~25$.

    High-end, yes, just like gold-plated gadgets ...
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 1:53 AM
    I hope it will drop to $50
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    r0x0r , February 20, 2010 2:49 AM
    The price will drop eventually.

    I still have a brochure from 3 years ago which has an internal Blu-ray burner advertised for $1,200. Now I can pick one up for $250-ish (Australian).
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    jivdis1x , February 20, 2010 3:29 AM
    Can you imagine writing 200GB of data to this thing at a blazing speed of 12MB/s. That's going over 4 hrs. Are you kidding me? Why not have a eSATA port?
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    azgard , February 20, 2010 3:32 AM
    For over $1000 and 256 gigs, why isn't this USB 3.0? It could take you at the minimum 3 hours to read off that and 6 to write to it. As others have already said way cheaper options are available while not being pocketable, still nothing unreasonable.
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    redplanet_returns , February 20, 2010 3:35 AM
    even writing at max speed at 12MB/s...it'll take 6 hours of non-stop tranferring to fill this up (assuming it's 256000MB, and not 256x1024MB...)
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2010 3:43 AM
    I paid $140 for a 512MB drive 4 years ago. Today, you can buy a one gig drive at a dollar store. In a few years, they'll have a 20TB drive, and thrift stores will be selling Kingston's 256GB for under 5 bucks.
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    eklipz330 , February 20, 2010 5:42 AM
    wait, no USB 3.0? what's the point?
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