Kingston Tech, based in California and self described as “where you go to find memory,” just revealed that it has developed the world’s first one terabyte (TB) flash drive.
For those less-math-oriented people out there, here’s a short review: a byte is eight bits, a kilobyte is 1024 bytes, a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes, a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes, and a terabyte is 1024 gigabytes. That’s a lot of bytes.
Usually, a one gigabyte (GB) flash drive is standard for most people who wish to back up important documents or music from their computers. And a terabyte has so much data storage capability that flash drives and external hard drives have been unable to handle that much capacity--until now.
The flash drive is your standard USB, and is known as the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, a fitting name for such an impressive product. With one TB of storage, the groundbreaking flash drive comes at a hefty price.
Currently, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is available for purchase at Kingston’s website, but can only hold 512 GB (which is still an impressive number). To get a sense of just how much the terabyte drive will cost, those interested in buying should know that 512 GB drives are going for about $1,750.
“The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speed allows users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag,” said Kingston’s Flash Memory Business Manager Andrew Ewing in a statement.
The problem with adding more space to flash drives is it slows down the unit’s speed, making the data download and transfer process almost unbearably long. Kingston’s new product, however, boasts an impressive speed: the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 can read data at 240 megabytes per second and can write at 160 megabytes per second, making the drive actually pretty practical. The drive is also compatible with a long lineup of operating systems, including Windows 8, Windows 7 with SP1, Windows Vista with SP1 or SP2, Windows XP with SP3, and any version of Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
“Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive,” added Ewing, and he might be right. It would be pretty hard to find someone needing more than one TB of data backup for their entire digital world, but then again, computers have become such a part of everyday life now in 2013 that there’s really no telling how much data storage we may need in the future.
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