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Kingston launches world's first 256GB flash drive, calls it DataTraveler 300

by Parm Mann on 20 July 2009, 13:41

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Kingston is today continuing with its relentless mission to expand the storage capacity of USB flash drives with the launch of its 256GB DataTraveler 300.

The monster-capacity drive, pictured below, measures 70.68mm x 16.90mm x 21.99mm and features a cap-less design that Kingston reckons will protect the USB connector when not in use.

To give you an idea of how quickly these drives are growing in capacity, Kingston launched a 64GB model back in November 2008 and followed up with a 128GB drive just last month.

The DataTraveler 300 - now the world's first 256GB USB flash drive - offers read and write speeds of up to 20MB/s and 10MB/s, respectively, and is bundled with Password Traveler security software to help protect data.

Kingston's backing the drive with a five-year warranty, but, as you might have guessed, the drive won't come cheap. Kingston tells us each DataTraveler 300 will be built to order, and customers can place orders now for around Ā£650 including VAT.

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That's a lot of information to lose in your pocket :)

The speeds are quite slow, but I suppose you can't just fill it at once, so they're bearable. But now I don't see a point in portable HDDs, though. These may be cheaper for a while, but otherwise..
I believe with these large flash drives (128Gb and up), the benefits of having USB 3 interface really starts coming into play, but inevitably that won't be available for a while ..maybe 18 months? A 256GB with USB 3 just seems more viable to me in time.
For USB3 it also needs to actually be fast enough to take advantage of it. This one doesn't even max out USB2.
Even at full speed it would take well over 7 hours to fill it :surprised: painfully slow!
it's £650! with that money you could get eight 1.5tb drives and still have enough money for a couple of pints and a fish supper! sure the drives won't fit in your pocket, but they would fit in a tesco carrier bag no problem

who the hell would pay £650 for that? you could get a well specced laptop for that money