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Kingston Launches 128 GB USB Stick, Costs $546

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?

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Hitokage
    My 4GB Titanium Cruzer is shuddering in fear.
  • 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...?

    Maybe a business man would need it for files or something, but I doubt it due to security issues.
  • laptopfreak
    I would rather buy a e-sata SSD.
  • yadz
    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.
  • perpetual98
    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.
  • Trust me, if you collect porn long enough, you'll need a couple of the 128's!
  • magicandy
    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...?

  • The Schnoz
    the_one111I mean, who has that much porn...?I have that much porn...but not that much money.
  • magicandy
    why the hell does irfanview keep putting my pasted images into a gigantic black box sigh
  • magicandy
    oh right dual monitors = huge printscreen of the whole thing.....and my other isn't being used atm