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January 9, 2013

Kingston Unveils 1 TB Flash Drive

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Need to back up all the files on your computer? Kingston’s new one-terabyte flash drive will be able to handle the job.

Kingston, the third largest memory manufacturer in the world, unveiled its DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB 3.0 flash drive at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada Jan. 8.

The edition of the flash drive currently on the market has 512 gigabytes of storage. The new version, due out this quarter, will boast a full terabyte of storage space, making it the largest USB drive available on the market. The device has speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. It has also achieved SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification.

A terabyte, which is the equivalent of 1,000 gigabytes, could hold 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica, according to whatsabyte.com. In fact, 10 terabytes could hold the printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Kingston Flash memory business manager Andrew Ewing says the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 enables users “to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive.”

“The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow 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,” Ewing said in a press release.

According to Kingston, the stick is ideal for users who work with large video or graphics files, or gamers who like to travel with their entire library.

The USB drive is optimized for newer PCs with USB 3.0 ports and is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac Os X v. 10.6 and Linux v. 26. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for efficient data transfer rates.

The flash drive, which comes with a five-year warranty and free technical support, is encased in zinc alloy metal to ensure its durability and shock resistance. It ships with a custom Kingston key ring and a HyperX valet keychain.

Although Kingston has yet to reveal the pricetag for the one-terabyte flash drive, the 512 gigabyte model costs a whopping $1,750, so it is likely the new version will cost a pretty penny.

 

 

 

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