Kingston DataTraveler 100 G2 (8 GB) (DT100G28GBZ)

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Faster, Cheaper, and More Storage: Kingston 8 Gb Data Traveler.

Nov 8, 2010
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:High storage capacity, portability,price, and performance.

Cons:Lacking formatting for ready boost.

The Bottom Line: If you want an inexpensive, good performance flash drive, this is for you.


Faster, Cheaper, and More Storage: Kingston 8 Gb Data Traveler.

By

James P. Zaworski

I am a continuing fan and consumer of computer technology. I recently changed jobs, and am managing the academic teams of two schools, both of which are more than 1 hour away from my home by public transportation here in Shenzhen, China. A lot of my training materials, lessons, and software for computer assisted language learning are on my rather large and ungainly Toshiba laptop computer, and it is a big hassle to have to lug this monster around with me. I have a Kingston 4 Gb Data Traveler, but have a whopping 6 Gb of material that I need to bring with me to work daily. I was just going to pick up another 4 Gb USB flash drive, but 3 Gb of software cannot be separated, so I picked up the 8 Gb Data Traveler, and am quite pleased with it.

What I Like About the Kingston 8 Gb Data Traveler (second generation).

High capacity.

The 8 Gb of storage (okay, it’s about 7.97 Gb because of the Kingston driver software), is just enough for me to put all of my files onto and have nearly 2 Gb available for other needs. The Kingston series has third generation flash drives with larger and larger capacities (32 Gb to 256 Gb), but for my needs, the 8 Gb Data Traveler is suitable (for now).

Versatility.

The Kingston Data Traveler is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating system computers. I have Windows 7 on my computer, and it works well on this platform as well as with Vista and XP. My work computer runs XP, and there is no difficulty in using the files and transferring the files to and fro my Data Traveler.

Portability.

Physically, the 8 Gb flash is the same size as the 4 Gb flash. It fits into your pocket. The only danger here is losing it, because it is so small.

Price.

I paid 70 RMB, which is $10.48. Amazon.com sells it for $12.49, so it’s a steal of a deal for this USB flash drive.

Data Transfer/Speed.

The data transfer speed is adequate for my needs. I transferred a 3 Gb piece of data in about 5 minutes from the Kingston Data Traveler to my desktop computer at work. I don’t technically know the speed, but it is not inordinately slow as compared with other flash drives that I have used .

What I Don’t Like.
With both Windows 7 and Vista, there is a feature called “ready boost”, which allows the user to expand the ‘virtual memory’ (RAM, that is, random access memory) by utilizing the physical space in a USB flash drive. With my Verbatim 4 Gb flash, I can do this. It appears the Kingston is not formatted to do this, and I do not know how to format it, or if it is physically possible for it to function as an additional 8 Gb of RAM, that is the only thing I am disappointed with.

However, all in all, the 8 Gb Kingston Data Traveler is inexpensive, has a high storage capacity, fits in your pocket, and has a reasonably fast performance and data transfer rate. It suits my needs, is much easier to transport than an external hard drive or laptop/notebook, and should be adequate until the next best thing since sliced bread comes along to tempt me in t


Recommend this product? Yes


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