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Kingston Launches 128 GB USB Stick, Costs $546

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I have USB stick envy.

Remember how impressed we all were once upon a time when we saw a USB thumb drive? It was clearly the most convenient and portable of all storage devices thus far, even if it only held data in the “megabytes” range.

That was then, and this is now; and today Kingston makes all of our USB sticks look puny with its introduction the DataTraveler 200, the world's first 128 GB USB Flash drive.

"The new DT200's robust storage capability lets consumers store complete libraries of music, photos and videos. It is also a great tool for business users who carry around large databases or files," said Andrew Ewing, USB business manager, Kingston. "The password protection helps safeguard data and requires no admin rights, making the DT200 a terrific solution for the home or office."

Kingston didn’t reveal the speed of the drive, but did say that it’s fast enough to be compatible with Windows ReadyBoost.

With a drive that big, it’d be a viable solution for a user to load onto it an entire OS, programs and even media files. The DT200 is also available in 32 and 64 GB models. The 128 GB model will be a special order item, so don’t expect to see them on store shelves.

Prices are $120 for the 32 GB; $213 for the 64 GB; $546 for the 128 GB.

What would you do with a USB stick that big?

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    laptopfreak , June 16, 2009 7:16 PM
    I would rather buy a e-sata SSD.
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    magicandy , June 16, 2009 7:23 PM
    the_one111"What would you do with a USB stick that big?"Porn backup.Fo sho.But seriously, 500 bucks? And 128GB? I mean, who has that much porn...?

    http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8967/yups.jpg

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    Hitokage , June 16, 2009 7:10 PM
    My 4GB Titanium Cruzer is shuddering in fear.
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    the_one111 , June 16, 2009 7:11 PM
    "What would you do with a USB stick that big?"

    Porn backup.

    Fo sho.

    But seriously, 500 bucks? And 128GB? I mean, who has that much porn...?

    Maybe a business man would need it for files or something, but I doubt it due to security issues.
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    laptopfreak , June 16, 2009 7:16 PM
    I would rather buy a e-sata SSD.
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    yadz , June 16, 2009 7:16 PM
    If I had one, I'd use it as the main drive for my netbook, although I doubt someone who'd have such a use for it, would be able to shell out 500$ for some 128GB USB, that can even get you a SSD or something decent.
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    perpetual98 , June 16, 2009 7:18 PM
    I've got a DataTraveler 150 in the 32GB flavor and the write speeds on it are AGONIZINGLY slow! So much so that I hate using it. Once it's written to, the read speeds are pretty decent. I'm currently copying a 2.37GB file to it for backup and it's copying to the USB stick at 1.36MB/second, which is fast for this. I've seen it below 200K/sec before.
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2009 7:22 PM
    Trust me, if you collect porn long enough, you'll need a couple of the 128's!
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    magicandy , June 16, 2009 7:23 PM
    the_one111"What would you do with a USB stick that big?"Porn backup.Fo sho.But seriously, 500 bucks? And 128GB? I mean, who has that much porn...?

    http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8967/yups.jpg

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    The Schnoz , June 16, 2009 7:23 PM
    the_one111I mean, who has that much porn...?

    I have that much porn...but not that much money.
  • 0 Hide
    magicandy , June 16, 2009 7:24 PM
    why the hell does irfanview keep putting my pasted images into a gigantic black box sigh
  • 0 Hide
    magicandy , June 16, 2009 7:28 PM
    oh right dual monitors = huge printscreen of the whole thing.....and my other isn't being used atm
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    Tindytim , June 16, 2009 7:38 PM
    Damn, I read it wrong when I clicked this.

    I though it was a 128GB RAM DIMM. But, how it this at all worth it? I mean, I can get a SSD for a little more, and get a hell of a lot more performance, maybe get an external enclosure.
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    sublifer , June 16, 2009 7:40 PM
    magicandy
    the_one111"I mean, who has that much porn...?" http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8967/yups.jpg

    Complete with this article and comments in the background. LMAO
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    Tiberiusfury , June 16, 2009 7:53 PM
    I think the more prudent question is, "what would you do if it weren't FAT32?"

    I have quite a few movies/games/isos that are in excess of 4GB, so things like this aren't too useful for me.
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    magicandy , June 16, 2009 8:05 PM
    TindytimDamn, I read it wrong when I clicked this.I though it was a 128GB RAM DIMM. But, how it this at all worth it? I mean, I can get a SSD for a little more, and get a hell of a lot more performance, maybe get an external enclosure.


    Because this is far more portable than either of those two.
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    hallic7 , June 16, 2009 8:11 PM
    128gb... This will be sloooooooooow...
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    drunknmunkys , June 16, 2009 8:19 PM
    magicandyhttp://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8967/yups.jpg


    epic
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    hellwig , June 16, 2009 8:19 PM
    TiberiusfuryI think the more prudent question is, "what would you do if it weren't FAT32?" I have quite a few movies/games/isos that are in excess of 4GB, so things like this aren't too useful for me.

    I agree. FAT32 isn't even an open standard (patents owned by Microsoft). Plus it has fragmentation problems (imagine defragging 128GB over USB!). FAT was fine when these drives were simply replacements for floppy disks (it was simple, and everyone understood it), but the industry needs to come up with a new format and make sure everyone gets on-board.
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    the_one111 , June 16, 2009 8:26 PM
    drunknmunkysepic

    that indeed was epic.

    And it was a joke people seriously less with the thumbs down. Internet sarcasm ftl.
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    xpont8 , June 16, 2009 8:31 PM
    makes me wonder.. but i bet a few months from now a new USB stick will be realeased with double or maybe triple the capacity.. i'm fine with blank DVDs for backup, thank you. :D 
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    warezme , June 16, 2009 8:56 PM
    I just bought the Patriot Magnum 64GB which is a fraction of that cost and no matter how much they claim for speed it still does not compare with even a cheap external portable drive. I don't see any way this high dollar thumbdrive can reach that level performance to justify the cost.

    It would be cheaper to get an SSD.
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