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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB Is World's Largest Capacity Flash Drive (betanews.com) 79

BrianFagioli writes: Today, Kingston announced a product that may get people excited about flash drives again. The company has created a 2TB pocket flash drive (also available in 1TB), called DataTraveler Ultimate GT (Generation Terabyte). This is now the world's largest capacity USB flash drive. "Power users will have the ability to store massive amounts of data in a small form factor, including up to 70 hours of 4K video on a single 2TB drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers superior quality in a high-end design as it is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance. Its compact size gives the tech enthusiast or professional user an easily portable solution to store and transfer their high capacity files," says Kingston.
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB Is World's Largest Capacity Flash Drive

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  • by known_coward_69 ( 4151743 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @08:37PM (#53601513)

    everywhere you go

    Imagine the horror when you're overseas, no access to cheap data and you have run out of porn to watch

    • Imagine the horror when you're overseas, no access to cheap data and you have run out of porn to watch

      For the money that this stick will probably cost, you could afford to fill your hotel room with hookers for the length of your stay.

      . . . and coke . . .

      . . . ask the Concierge about Blackjack locations; that's what he's there for.

      . . . "Anything else you need, Mr. Sheen . . . ?"

      • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

        Ob. Futurama: "I'll build my own flash drive with hookers and blackjack. You know what? Forget the hookers. And the blackjack!"

  • by jddj ( 1085169 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @08:51PM (#53601573) Journal

    ... To lose EVERYTHING at once!

  • stress, either way (Score:5, Informative)

    by magarity ( 164372 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @08:59PM (#53601619)

    Heck, look at the size of the thing; looks like a great way to stress the socket when hanging off a desktop or stress the socket the opposite direction on any reasonably thin laptop as it props up the system.

    • by blackest_k ( 761565 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @11:36PM (#53602205) Homepage Journal

      To be honest I don't think anyone is expected to buy it and use it!

      If you look on Amazon they have a 512 GB version and a 1TB Version

      512 GB = $296
      1TB = $2700
      2TB = ????

      You can by a mac mini with 16gb ram a 2 TB fusion drive and i7 cpu for about â1700 why would you spend $1000 more on a flash drive.

    • by l20502 ( 4813775 )
      Are you saying a small box is going to stress a connector more than a cable hanging off or a dongle?
      "any reasonably thin laptop" is probably going to require an hub/dongle to be useful anyway.
      If you're really worried about stress bring back screw-on D-sub connectors!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Or even more with H.265.

    Why bother with 4K when this could store most of the movies and videos I've seen in the past ten years?

  • Falling out of an airplane, orbital re-entry? Even the cheapest plastic Chinese knockoffs can handle falling off a desk.

    How about improving the usb connector that always seems to get ripped off on this design or stopping the small all metal designs from overheating.
    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
      If it still works it is not overheating, you just don't like to touch it. I'd wager plastic designs get hotter chip temps.
    • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

      Falling out of an airplane, orbital re-entry? Even the cheapest plastic Chinese knockoffs can handle falling off a desk.

      Even the cheapest plastic Chinese knockoffs can handle falling from an airplane, too. They're lightweight and have a decent amount of surface area for the weight. I keyed in some approximate weight and dimension values into a terminal velocity calculator and got an estimate of only 20 meters per second. This means it has only something like 4 joules of energy while falling at terminal v

  • I'm guessing they're pretty expensive when they have to buy copy at places like this, but you forgot to tell us the prices in this advertisement.

  • by n0w0rries ( 832057 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @09:18PM (#53601721)

    Flash drives tend to die a short life if use them frequently. The ones with the USB ports that move usually fail more frequently. I'm not looking for a warranty, I'm looking for something built to last.

    • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

      If you ignore the fact that the cable breaks, and that the cable hole is so small that a standard cable will wear its way through the aluminum in under a year, the XtremKey is what you're looking for. Mine is several years old and still works. Before I got that, I would go through a flash drive every two or three months.

      • by adolf ( 21054 )

        I looked briefly at that.

        For years, I kept a USB drive on my keychain. Various styles. Their mounting systems always inevitably failed, and this usually left me without one until I replaced it or it was returned to me (which HAS happened, though I always nuke the data and restore from backup upon its return).

        The ExtremKey seems cool, but has some problems. One, the business-end -- where the data is -- unscrews and is then left to freely disappear. The tailcap is cast rather than machined (unlike any che

    • Flash drives tend to die a short life if use them frequently.

      Short life being defined as several years idle. Don't you have more relevant things to worry about?

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      No kidding. I had multiple USB(2-3) flash sticks that didn't last ong. 2 (PNY & SP) died from installing and booting mac OS Sierra v10.12 onto it. And then I had rarely used flash sticks that died too with basic copied files. Are there any reliable USB flash sticks that will work long at all? My old USB1 64 MB flash sticks still work today!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    For the very rare times when I've ever needed to make that much data portable, a basic external hard drive that cost a fraction of the price was more than sufficient (and probably faster).

    When the day comes where we routinely need to carry around files that are 100s of GB in size then we can talk. And on that day this thing better be in the $30 range.

    • I spent a lot of the year bicycle touring or backpacking, where one counts every gram of weight. I take my entire music collection, which is just over 1TB in size, with me on a portable hard drive, but a USB stick that is lighter and more shock-resistant (no moving parts) would be nice. No way I'd ever pay the prices set for these ultra-high-capacity USB sticks, though.
      • by fnj ( 64210 )

        You can buy a good quality 1TB SSD [amazon.com] for $280 - much cheaper, faster, and incomparably better endurance than this thing. It'll be a little lighter and much more shock resistant and reliable than your hard drive for not a hell of a lot more $. You'll need an external USB-to-SATA enclosure, but you can get those cheap.

        And, yeah, 2TB is also available for an even better $/GB.

      • by jabuzz ( 182671 )

        Hum, 1TB of FLAC from ripped CD's is over 2000 albums. At 320kbps MP3 it would be over 10000 albums, and if your bicycle touring or backpacking then frankly 320kbps MP3 is just fine and dandy.

        I think people have very little idea how little space music actually takes once compressed even losslessly in comparison to modern storage capacities.

        As such I call bullshit.

        • Indeed, my music collection is all FLACs, as well as full DVD or Bluray images for video content. Of course, on the road MP3 quality (and its equivalents for video) might suffice, but why bother re-encoding when I can just carry it all? Plus, I keep scores and books on the respective composer or musician in the same directory tree, and some of those image-heavy PDFs can really add up.
  • it will run linux?!
  • Kingston, the company caught doing a bait and switch with components [slashdot.org] is still in business? That's a shame.

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).